Painful Ovarian Cyst, Chinese herbs, and Proteolytic Enzymes
So the pain continued despite the ACV. I went last week to see my TCM herbalist. She switched recipes. This new recipe has helped to diminish the pain greatly. I am on a schedule of 3 days per package of herbs and 2 days off. She advised me to drink everyday once my period arrived.
My period arrived yesterday – painfully. And the pain in my side has been pretty much there the entire day. But I am hoping that this is the final clingings of this cyst and that the herbs wash it out, or make it pop, or encourage my body to absorb it.
I’m an animal. I’d like to gnaw my own ovary off and be done. It’s not excruciating pain – which it’s been in the past – it’s just there most of the time. Reminding me of its presence. Freaking me out with worry. Whispering to me of the craptastically long wait at the county hospital with the robotic doctors who by the time they get to you – you are so worn down with waiting you are eagerly submitting to whatever treatments they are rotely prescribing. UGH. Tiny teeth chomping on the cyst tasking it away.
I’m also taking between 9-12 Wobenzym N tablets – hoping that the enzymes will assist in my body’s reabsorbing this thing.
I’m fantasizing about poking this cyst – kind of the way you pop a blister on your foot. And then it hurts for a day or so, but it’s gone. I actually punched myself in the gut hoping to pop it. Not hard really but with enough force that I felt it. I opted not to punch myself a second time.
Two interesting things have come up in my research regarding the cysts. One brings me back to ACV – potassium and the second one is iodine. I read that ACV has potassium – and that low levels of potassium are associated with ovarian cysts. In fact, low levels of potassium can be linked to many things – kidney stones, hypertension, osteoporosis, stroke… If you read Linus Pauling Institutes assessment of potassium here you will see the great deal of significance it has – even on a cellular level. What’s so interesting is that Gerson also discusses the potassium thing. And both Gerson and Linus Pauling admit that the Western diet is several times higher in sodium than potassium, while native diets are the opposite.
What does this mean for us – well I’ve now started to make an effort to reduce sodium – even though before we were eating sea salt. We’re cutting down significantly. We’ve also begun to look out for sodium in any processed foods we eat. Conversely I’ve tried to pay more attention to getting potassium into our diet – baked potatoes, fresh squeezed orange juice…
Iodine – something that I am not going to go into to detail today – but needless to say – it too is something that has come up in the ovarian cyst realm. And interestingly enough – something Gerson too writes about. For those of you who don’t know – Max Gerson is founder of the Gerson protocol – a rigorous vegan diet, supplement, and coffee enema approach to healing cancer and other chronic diseases. I am contemplating ordering some Lugol’s iodine and adding it my diet.
So far – now 4 days into my period the pain has gone down enough that I can, for the first time in over a month, lie on my right side without intense pain. We’ll see – I am feeling good about this batch of herbs – last one did not help so the TCM doc created a new one. I’ve included a picture of the current mixture. I rinse, add 5 cups of H2O, and boil down to about 8 ounces (about 2-3 hours of cooking). Then I drink. The taste is really awful – like sour, muddy, dirty – herby – but like a taste that reminds me of the drinks we would make as kids when we we’re bored at weddings or parties my parents too us to. It was the throw everything into the glass until it was brown and chunky – then each kid would take turns sipping to see who could drink the most. Yuk – I keep muttering to myself – the ovarian cysts is diminishing, disappearing, gone – as I drink it. Then I gag, make faces, a swig some water as a chaser. My herbalist said, to drink this for 2 months and go back for another ultrasound and the cyst will be gone. Here’s to it being so.