Malady Monday: Endometriosis

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Endometriosis
An autoimmune disease where layers of fibrous endometrial tissue form on other pelvic organs
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Causes severe abdominal pain (more intense than childbirth) due to bleeding and tissue sloughing

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Most common cause of pelvic pain in women of reproductive age
Leading cause of infertility
Affects 10% of ALL women in the world!!!!

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In ayurveda it’s an imbalance of all 3 doshas.

In Chinese medicine it’s caused by blood stasis, qi stagnation, & liver congestion.

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HELPFUL LIFESTYLE HABITS
Gentle, moderate exercise every other day
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Deep breathing
Heat on abdomen (hot water bottle)
Kegels 50-100 daily– 10 at a time
No sex during period
Use shower filter for chlorine
Castor oil or senna tea on days 14-15 of your menstrual cycle
Get a LOT of rest especially around your period (days 1-3 of your cycle)
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Abdominal & pelvic massage
Sweating (sauna can help)
Lymph massage

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Lower your estrogen level (avoid or minimize estrogen)

*Strengthen & cleanse your liver so it can more efficiently remove estrogen

Increase progesterone (eat yams–not sweet potatoes, walnuts, vit b6, zinc, turmeric, thyme, and oregano)

Reduce inflammation, increase antioxidants, limit salt

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Do everything in your power to reduce stress (also helps fertility) avoid anger, fear, and excessive emotions–meditate 20min/day (practice relaxing)

Warm baths with your favorite essential oils*

ESSENTIAL OILS
*frankincense, *myrrh, *clary sage, *peppermint, *geranium, lavender, rosemary, juniper, thyme, fennel, bergamot

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HERBS, SUPPLEMENTS, AND VITAMINS
Dong quai
Evening primrose oil or Borage oil
Triphala
Blue cohosh (days 22-28 of your cycle– good for fertility, too)
Chaste Tree Fruit (aka chasteberry or vitex)
Grapeseed
Bilbery

Omega-3 fish oil
Use calcium and magnesium as pain reliever
1 Tbl FERMENTED codliver oil 2x/day for 60 days
Zinc
Vitamin B
Vitamin C heals tissue and controls bleeding
Vitamin E balances hormones
Folate or folic acid

Turmeric
Sage
Chlorophyll
Aloe Vera

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DRINK
*Use spring water (to avoid chlorine in water)
Drink warm water first thing in the morning
Soak 4 Tbl of flax in 1 cup of water overnight, strain and drink

Pineapple juice
Use radishes in smoothies
Only organic, non-homogenized milk

Teas with licorice, dandelion, milk thistle
Chamomile tea at bed time
Ginger tea for nausea

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EAT
(HIGH FIBER–think foods that will help you poop, low sugar, low carb, and don’t eat heavy meals)
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Protein at each meal helps stabilize hormones– also, don’t skip meals.

Eat all foods cooked and warm
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*walnuts
Pumpkin seeds
Brazil nuts

Dark leafy greens
*Kelp (dissolves masses and is good for thyroid)
Onions
*Daikon radishes (move qi)
Cooked cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, bok choy at lunch with grains
Carrot and parsley at dinner

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Papaya for breakfast
Lemons
Limes
Rubarb

Salmon
Tuna
Organic meat (no hormones added)

Wheat germ (high in vitE– good for scar tissue)
Honey

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ACUPRESSURE POINTS
joining valley
Great rushing
Lv 2, 3, 14
Cv 4, 6
Gb 41
Ub 17
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Sp 6, 8, 10, 12, 13
Ki 3, 17
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AVOID
Avoid using plastic containers and plastic bottles

Avoid bleached foods (white sugar, white flour, white rice)

Avoid fried foods, fatty foods, processed foods

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*Avoid cold/dry/raw foods– YIN foods which will make blood stagnation worse

Avoid alcohol (except occasional glass of red wine)

Avoid soy & tomatoes
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I really hope you can incorporate these habits and nutrition guidelines into your life and that they can bring you some relief.
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Some additional helpful links:
What not to say to a woman with an unhappy uterus.

Just send this link if you’re tired of explaining endometriosis to people.

More lifestyle and dietary changes for endometriosis.

More Chinese medicine for endometriosis

Yoga for endometriosis:
Yin Yoga for Endometriosis

Doing yoga with endometriosis

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Malady Monday: Mucus in Your Colon

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First things first, is it mucus or mucous? I’m going with mucus….

Mucus is basically dampness in your large intestine. Forms as a defense against excessive dryness. (The body is constantly trying to achieve balance)

Even intestinal rumblings are caused by dampness in intestines.

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Usually a sign that spleen is impaired. (What is the spleen anyway?! Find out HERE.)

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What causes dampness in the large intestine?
Worry, pensiveness, and overwork
An excess of kapha and ama
*Incomplete digestion (when food stays in the intestine it ROTS….mucus=host of putrefaction. YUCKY!!!!)

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Fun Fact: Metabolism of female hormones takes place in the intestines. Imbalanced hormones occur when hormones are not broken down effectively (usually due to antibiotics usage).

What should I avoid??
Too many sweet, sour, and salty foods and drinks.

**Also try to avoid fat, milk, cheese, sugar, white flour, bread, pastries especially in the EVENING.

What can help??
Drying, astringent, and pungent foods, drinks, and herbs.

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Foods:
Quinoa, buckwheat, bulgar, pears, APPLES, cranberries, pomegranates, figs

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If intestinal mucus is a big problem for you, one day a week try to eat only vegetable soup.

Spices:
Ginger, pepper, cayenne, tumeric, fennel (very cleansing)

Drink: (drink between meals instead of with them….strengthens digestion)
Plenty of water
Warm water with cayenne, lemon, and honey
Buttermilk
Teas made from the following helpful herbs

Helpful Herbs:
Rhubarb
Senna
Chamomile
Slippery elm
Dandelion
Mint

Also Helpful:
Bentonite clay (very useful for cleansing)
Triphala
Aloe
PROBIOTICS

Helpful Acupressure Points:
ST 36, ST 40, ST 44, LI 4

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(LI 4…. BONUS: Also treats headaches)

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(Leave a comment if you find this helpful or if you have anything to add!)

Oily/Sensitive Skin&Hair: Kapha-Pitta

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Oily, Sensitive Skin (Kapha-Pitta)
((Stomach, Colon, and Liver))

If you struggle with oily hair and skin (a kapha imbalance) and have sensitive skin, prone to breakouts (a pitta imbalance) the following guidelines will help.
Because this is a holistic guide it will help your whole body.
Try it for 2 weeks and see if it helps your skin and hair.
You will most likely even lose some weight as you reduce the kapha in your body.

SKIN CARE:
Daily
Wash with gentle soap for sensitive skin.20130118-102235.jpg((I found this on Etsy: Organic Vegan Soap: french clay and avocado facial bar: $7.00))

Or 1:1 lemon juice and water: allow to dry, then rinse completely with warm water and then cool water. 2xday

Follow with sesame oil. Great for oily skin (disinfects, too–I use it all the time.)

Tea tree oil on spots.

No harsh cosmetics– Only use gentle and natural, water-based makeup on spots
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Don’t touch face during the day

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1-2x Weekly
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Use clay on skin–mud mask 1-2x per week:
Equal amounts of honey and green clay powder. Leave on 10-15 min.

Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Recipe: Soak a thin cloth in a mixture of 1 TBS apple cider vinegar per 1/2 cup of warm water. Apply then layer a hot, wet cloth over top. Rest for 10 minutes then remove and splash face (first with warm water then finish with cool).
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Egg White Tonic: Whisk an egg white for one minute (or until it thickens) then add 1 tsp of honey, whisk some more then add 1 tsp of lemon juice. Cover face and neck, remove after 10 mins.

HAIR CARE:
Oily hair needs daily washing, but using a moisturizing or body-boosting shampoo will add more oil to your hair.

Wash:
Instead, massage a mixture of baking soda and water–use about 1 tsp. of baking soda per one-fourth cup of water–into your roots while you shower.
Be sure to rub your entire head, including your temples and the back of your skull, to get maximum grease-fighting power.

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Rinse:
Lemon juice’s natural acidity makes it an excellent foil for oily hair.
Juice of one lemon+1 cup of water: massage on scalp after shampoo, leave on 5 min, rinse with warm water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar+ water: rinse hair with this after shampoo, then rinse with warm water. (Acts as a barrier to grease.)

Leave in:
After shampoo and conditioner, apply witch hazel to scalp

DIET:
No:
No fried foods or excessive spices

Reduce dry foods (crackers, bread, chips) and drink a lot of water

Reduce dairy

No sweets (add oiliness to skin)
use honey not sugar

Yes:
Use flaxseed oil (great for skin)
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Lots of sweet, juicy fruits:
((Apples, cherries, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, tangerines, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, persimmon))
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Raw or steamed veggies
((Cabbage, *celery, onions, pumpkin, radish, *spinach, tomato, water chestnuts))
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–spinach with vinegar and flaxseed oil will help you immensely: great for lunch.

Peppermint, fenugreek, or raspberry tea
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Licorice, fennel, peppermint
Ginger and black pepper
TUMERIC: moves lymph ((add to food and add a punch to your cleanser.))

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Do detox regularly
Exercise for circulation (20 min/day)

Do you have any tips for oily, sensitive skin and hair? Share in the comments!

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