My naturopath recommended using castor oil packs for liver detoxification and for uterine fibroids. Are they worthwhile?
Castor oil packs are a home remedy popularized by psychic healer Edgar Cayce who died in 1945 They are made by saturating a flannel cloth with castor oil and placing it on your body over the lower abdomen. You cover the pack with plastic, put a heating pad or hot water bottle on top and then you lie down for an hour.
During his lifetime, Cayce made pronouncements on thousands of subjects including health. He saw castor oil packs as remedies for inflammation, congestion, constipation, liver, kidney, and pelvic disorders, including uterine fibroids. While many people swear by them, I know of no scientific studies demonstrating that they have the detoxifying effect that Cayce claimed.
Instead of castor oil packs, I suggest you try these approaches to managing your fibroids:
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