Transcript of video:
Over the years of doing this work, I have consistently gotten a lot of questions about whether or not castor oil, castor oil packs, or just using castor oil to massage in the belly area, can dissolve abdominal adhesions or scar tissue.
Unfortunately, there is no evidence for it … and it’s been tried. I’ve read some literature where they’ve tried to evaluate the effects of castor oil on adhesions and scar tissue but, basically, there is no evidence that it works at all.
That said, over all of these years that I’ve been doing this, which, at this point, is well over a decade, I have heard from some people for whom castor oil packs have been extremely helpful. And I think that that is partly because of the heat involved, and potentially some of the chemical interactions of the castor oil with our bodies that haven’t been quantified.
So, some people have found the castor oil packs to be very helpful. In my practitioner brain, I think the heat can be really nice, and the saturation of the moisture can be really helpful in the work that we do hands on. It softens it up, it helps to make breaking up those adhesions more comfortable, and maybe a little easier. Those two things combined – the moisture and the heat – can be really helpful.
I’ve also heard from people for whom castor oil packs do nothing. They don’t cause any distress or anything, they just don’t help.
I’ve also heard from maybe one person over all of these years for whom the castor oil packs made them feel worse. It’s trial and error, as so much of this work can be. Especially when we’re working on ourselves and trying to figure out what’s going to work, and what’s not going to work.
I always encourage people that I think castor oil packs are benign at the worst, so it’s worth giving it a try. See how it feels for you and your body, and go from there!
As always, I recommend keeping logs of everything, because memory is notoriously fallible. Give it a try, and let me know how it goes for you!
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- Isabel Spradlin is a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and abdominal adhesion specialist in Portland, OR. She specializes in educating people about manual treatment (massage) for abdominal pain and dysfunction, especially when it is adhesion related. Please see the "Programs" page to see her offerings.