Posts Tagged ‘meditation’
Endometriosis is a laparoscopic diagnosis. Endometriosis is suspected when the individual presents with mild to severe menstrual cramps, pain on intercourse, and may experience dark, clotty menstrual blood. A laparoscopy is performed to confirm the presence of endometrial cells outside of the uterine cavity, to which the body has mounted an inflammatory reaction. The affected tissue can be “burned” off with a laser, although this is not curative. Another medical approach for endometriosis is to induce a temporary state of menopause with hormonally suppressive drugs such as Lupron. This is also not curative. The presence of endometriosis may also affect ones fertility. Occasionally scar tissue can develop which can impede the ability of the ovary to release the egg and be received appropriately within the fallopian tube. The degree of inflammatory reaction, however, is the greatest indicator. When the inflammation triggers the involvement of the immune system, the body can be programmed to view its own uterine lining as foreign and dangerous, and immune cells are mounted to destroy the endometrial cells and anything that might be implanting in them.
Fortunately, Chinese medicine has found curative relief for endometriosis. Herb-004 Invigorate Blood: Uterine Health Formula is based on a Chinese remedy to revitalize patterns of static blood in the uterus, reducing the inflammatory reaction and immune involvement.
I do not find it particularly valuable to know if one has been diagnosed with endometriosis. If there are symptoms of menstrual pain; blood clots; sticky black, brown or dark purple menstrual flow; and/or painful intercourse, it is an indication that the static blood needs to be enlivened so implantation can be allowed. This process often takes many months (3 – 9) to calm down, depending on its severity.
In addition to Herb-004 Invigorate Blood, I also recommend the following adjunctive treatments for endometriosis:
- application of castor oil packs to the lower abdomen and uterine massage
- follow the spleen qi diet, reduce red meat and animal fat
- supplement with USANA essentials, proflavanol, and visionex
- OPC, 250 mg/day
- Wobenzym, taken between meals on an empty stomach
- Nattokinase, take as directed
This regimen has been found curative. I have treated patients with Stage IV Endometriosis, who, after a few months on this plan, on repeat laparoscopy, had no evidence of endometriosis. Of course, the symptoms subsided as well.
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Herbal formulas are focused on gently correcting underlying imbalances; either building up deficient energies or removing obstructions. It is easy for misunderstandings to develop with Chinese herbs. The formulations are complex, to help the body do what it is intended to do. With fertility formulations, most are focused on directing the body’s energies to the reproductive system. The Fertile Soul herbal formula blend HERB-002 Kidney Essence: Follicular Health Formula is based on an ancient Chinese formulation to build up the “essence” of the reproductive system. It is intended to be taken during the follicular phase (after menstruation until ovulation) of each menstrual cycle, supporting the energies that encourage follicular growth. Unlike ovarian stimulating drugs, this formulation does not overstimulate and therefore deplete the reproductive energies, but nourishes the kidney yin and blood, while resolving any excess stagnant energies. They have no hormones in them, but encourage your body to produce its own hormones.
This nourishing formula may even be used concurrently with ovarian stimulation, with your doctor’s approval. This formulation has been shown to lower FSH, encourage folliculogenesis, raise AMH values and encourage ovarian response. I encourage its use in women with premature ovarian failure, poor ovarian response, advanced maternal age, or to build up the reproductive energies before or after a stimulated cycle.
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Schedule your quiet time into your daily life. It is easy to invent reasons why you can’t take 10 minutes out of our day, but if you already have it built in, then there are no excuses!
Make sure your area for quiet time is free of distractions. Make sure the phone is on silent mode. If you have pets/roommates/a partner/kids that could interrupt quiet time, then close the door to the room, and ask them not to interrupt (please). You may want to listen to soothing music. I use Dr. Jeffrey Thompson’s brain wave CD’s. You can check him out here. I use the Alpha or Theta Wave CD’s for meditation.
Remember that meditation is not about emptying your mind of thoughts. This is pretty impossible! Rather, it is about being conscious of the thoughts, rather than getting caught up in the mind’s wheel. You know how sometimes you just zone out and the brain is running like a hamster on a wheel? Well, this might happen while you are meditating. This is okay. The important thing is to realize that you zoned and pull yourself back to your breath. And then when it happens the next time, just pull yourself back again. And remember to be gentle with yourself! You are not “messing up” by getting caught in thought. Instead, be glad that you were aware of it.
One meditation instructor said that all you have to do to meditate is to make that space for meditation and sit. This is so true. There are so many ways to meditate. It’s all about finding what is right for you. All methods start with deep belly breathing. You may find it helpful to have your hand on your lower abdomen so you can feel its rise and fall. You may want to close your eyes, or you may want to leave them open. You may want to sit comfortably, or lie down. Here are a couple of methods that work for me:
1. Focus on the in and out of your breath. When a thought enters your mind, acknowledge it and let it become raindrops that fall into a pristine pool of water. Or you might want to envision your thought becomes part of a waterfall. Use whatever water analogy works for you.
2. Another way is to do a yogic breath called the ujjayi breath. It sounds a bit like the ocean. I like to use this breath because since it is audible, it is impossible not to focus on it. The noise also tends to drown my thoughts. How do you do it? Purse your lips and pretend you are sucking on a straw. Do you feel how the back of your throat closes slightly? Next close your mouth and breathe through your nose, but keep the same slight tightness in the back of the throat. It may take a little practice, but once you get it, you’ve got it. Here is a link to a video of the ujjayi breath.
So the main lesson to take away from this is to do what feels right for you, and to not be hard on yourself when you get caught up in your thoughts. Just keep shining that light of awareness on your thoughts, and you are doing great!
Liz Roseman, L.Ac.