Ovarian Cysts
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: February 1, 2000

I have ovarian cysts and I do not want to go on the pill as I have in the past for this problem. I went to Wild Oats store and they told me to take something called Fraxinus Ceanothus. I was wondering if you knew if there were any side effects from this, because I feel a bit "high" after I take it. I was also wondering if you knew what other things might be good.

Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs which develop on or near the ovaries. The cause is often related to hormone imbalance.

Ceanothus americanus, common names Red root or New Jersey Tea, is an astringent, used mainly to help clear the blood of toxins by supporting the lymph glands and the spleen. Fraxinus (many species) is Ash, which is astringent, diuretic and laxative. Both are helpful in improving the health of the blood. This combination could help to shrink the cysts and clear the toxins from the system. If you are taking alcoholic tinctures, place the dose in a cup, splash it with boiling water, and allow to cool before taking. This will help to dissipate the alcohol which could be making you feel "high".

Herbal healing for ovarian cysts includes attention to diet and exercise, herbs to balance hormones, herbs to support the liver in its function of processing and excreting hormones, herbs to improve the blood circulation to the ovaries and herbal astringents and anti-inflammatories to decrease the size the cysts and inflammation of the ovaries.

The diet should be designed to help clear toxins from the system: low in fat, refined foods, coffee, sugar and white flour products; high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds; plenty of fresh water or herbal teas.

Regular daily exercise helps to improve circulation and to sweat out toxins through the skin.

Herbs to balance hormones include Chasteberry (Vitex agnus-castus) and False Unicorn root (Chamaelerium luteum). Herbs to improve blood circulation to the uterus include False Unicorn root and Dong Quai. Herbs to support liver function include Dandelion root and Milk Thistle seeds. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a good astringent and anti-inflammatory, which also helps blood circulation, digestion and relaxation.

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