by | Aug 25, 2010 | Columns, Featured, Magazine, Wise Woman Ways | 0 comments

Hi Susun,

Have you ever worked with adhesions – bands of scar tissue that bind together internal body surfaces? I have them all throughout my abdominal/pelvic area, esophagus, diaphragm, ribs, and lungs. Thanks and blessings.

Response from Kim, apprentice to Susun Weed:

In working with adhesions such as this, the first thing I would do is utilize castor oil packs several times a day. To make the packs, take either cotton or flannel cloth and soak in the castor oil. For heat you could then take the cloth and bake in oven at low temperature until hot, cover with another towel and place over affected areas. You could also take the soaked cloth and wrap in another towel, place on area and then apply a hot water bottle over it. Leave in place for 45-60 minutes.

Duality in Mayan Lore ©Luz-Maria Lopez
Duality in Mayan Lore ©Luz-Maria Lopez

I would also do daily massages with calendula flower infused oil. Susun has suggested: “For maximum effectiveness, infuse slightly dried calendula blossoms in lard (organic if possible). The animal fat is taken deeper into the tissues than vegetable oils and rapidly dissolves lumps.”

Internally, I would incorporate comfrey leaf and/or red clover infusions, drinking at least a cup a day. If crystal healing appeals to you, I am including a link to Susun’s forum which goes into a good amount of detail on the use of gems for internal adhesions and cysts.

[Editor’s note: Please also see for more on treating adhesions naturally.]

Love and blessings, Kim (apprentice to Susun Weed)

photos: Wise Woman Spiral © / Chuck Spidell | Duality in Mayan Lore © Luz-Maria Lopez


  • Susun Weed

    Susun S. Weed has no official diplomas of any kind; she left high school in her junior year to pursue studies in mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA and she left college in her junior year to pursue life.

    Susun began studying herbal medicine in 1965 when she was living in Manhattan while pregnant with her daughter, Justine Adelaide Swede.

    She wrote her first book -- Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 30th printing) -- in 1985 and published it as the first title of Ash Tree Publishing in 1986.

    It was followed by Healing Wise (1989), New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (1992 and revised in 2002), Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (1996), Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way (2011), Abundantly Well - Seven Medicines (2019).

    In addition to her writing, Ms Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of the Wise Woman Center, and is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and a Peace Elder.

    Susun Weed is a contributor to the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women's Studies, peer- reviewed journals, and popular magazines, including a regular column in Sagewoman.

    Her worldwide teaching schedule encompasses herbal medicine, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, psychology of healing, ecoherbalism, nutrition, and women's health issues and her venues include medical schools, hospital wellness centers, breast cancer centers, midwifery schools, naturopathic colleges, and shamanic training centers, as well as many conferences.

    Susun appears on many television and radio shows, including National Public Radio and NBC News.

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