Abdominal Adhesions - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Abdominal Adhesions. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.

Castor Oil Packs

Posted by Beverly (OH) on 03/28/2021

My husband was plagued with adhesions following abdominal surgery and after the second adhesion surgery, I did the research. Found that exposing the body's tissues to air causes a stickiness that grows over the tissues. It eventually causes the tissues to stick together and malfunction.

A lady in Canada described using castor oil packs to dissolve her adhesions. I used her method on my husband's abdomen daily for 4 months. He enjoyed an hour afternoon nap with the pack in place. After 4 months, he wanted to take a break to see if that was enough to dissolve the adhesions. Apparently, it was because they never returned. The packs also softened the skin tissue where the surgical incision was.

Please use high quality organic castor oil and organic cotton or wool cloth to make the packs because the chemicals in nonorganic products will enter the body and can interfere with the dissolving action of the adhesions.

Myofascial Release

Posted by Broehe (Seattle, Wa) on 04/27/2016

In response to Carl's post:

Hi. I had major abdominal surgery a few months ago, and since then I have had two small bowel obstructions due to adhesions. When I take Serrapaptase, (which is supposed to dissolve fibrin) the capsule comes out the other end intact.

Is there a kind of systemic enzyme that will work on adhesions, and dissolves easily? Is there something I can do or take to make the Serrapeptase I have on hand now break down in my intestines so it can get into my body? Any other ideas for getting rid of these damned adhesions would also be very warmly received.

Bowel obstructions really hurt.

Adhesions, as you know, are the body's way of stitching you up after major surgery. Its a survival response, not a long-term response. Ultimately, there's a healthy plan there. We just want you to move toward long-term total recovery.

Adhesions are Connective Tissue, or Scar Tissue; made up of the same kind of cells. Connective tissue is laid down, like disorganized bandaid. As scar tissue, you've experienced it can become problematic.

The bad news is that you're having pain and digestive obstruction. Sorry to hear that.

The good news is that its a tissue issue. Connective tissue responds to wonderfully to abdominal and visceral massage or manual therapy.

A Massage Therapist with a Visceral Bodywork specialty, or Mayan Abdominal Massage or even Myofascial work will be able to loosen up those tissues. These kinds of bodywork were developed to treat these kinds of problems. And they work.

I hope you get a chance to try especially Visceral or Abdominal bodywork.

And, you yourself, with a gentle touch, can also loosen the tissues. Hold a tender or painful spot with a pressure that does not add pain. Hold and breathe into that spot. Gently, breathing calmly like you would as you held a newborn, gently explore the area around the painful spot. Breathe abundantly into the entire area; you are increasing local circulation too. That will help. Stay with it for 10-15 minutes. You may find that it changes. The tissue will be changed, for the better, as long as the pressure is right for you.

I wish you the best in your recovery.