Female Health: Cleansing/Shutdown
The following is a breakdown and
explanation of what we would call 3 MONTH CLEANSING OVULATION SHUTDOWN
RESTORATION AND WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM (IF APPLICABLE).
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The purpose of this program is:
1: to cleanse the major organs of the body which in turn affect the
reproductive system and often allow the body to produce life again.
This does not mean that it takes only 3 months but it is a good amount
of time to make changes.
2: to restore cyst covered ovaries by shutting off FSH and LH surges
for 3 months to restore the ovaries, for cysts to atrophy and for proper
ovulation to resume without cysts preventing it. (see disclaimer on the
bottom of each page) Since elevated prolactin, testosterone and
estrogen levels affect FSH and LH balance AND cysts this is important
for over all hormonal health NOT just for the cysts.
3: to lose weight or change eating habits and to give the body proper
nutrition which again can make for a better ovulation and a healthier
baby. We believe that the true love of a mother and father is to love
their baby before conception even occurs, enough to give the baby a
healthier start in life. The healthier the start, the better the health
Q: How do I use the
Progesterone Cream during shutdown?
Natural Progesterone cream may be used as a safe and natural
contraceptive to shutoff ovulation during this time. If you have cysts
and/or PCOS which are inhibiting ovulation, this method is highly
recommended by Dr. Lee and others, noted in the field of hormonal health and
women's issues. Otherwise you may use condoms for prevention while cleansing
your body if your personal convictions do not prevent this OR abstinence of
course. If you do not have cysts AND will not be using Renewed Balance you
may skip this section.
We have several testimonies of
women who have begun shutdown with the progesterone cream and then became
pregnant that cycle. The reason for this, often times, is that their
bodies did not have a rest from a steady estrogen and therefore there was
not surge to promote ovulation. When progesterone was used it was just
enough to lower the estrogen and they conceived. You will see a common
scenario explained in the article "Is progesterone just a bandaid?".
You might consider using
progesterone cream until hormonal balance is achieved though during the
luteal phase. We do not advocate the use of progesterone cream as a band-aid
but rather while you are making your body healthy enough for a successful
start IF you were to be low in progesterone at this time. This is a
safeguard until your luteal phase is strengthened and lengthened; producing
enough progesterone for gestation. The most common cause for
miscarriage is hormonal imbalance due to low progesterone.
Many women will decide not to
shutdown completely but do cleansing herbs and we discourage this. It
is our opinion that these three months can often encourage fertility on and
that the three months be seen as a positive, proactive move, not going
backwards. It is surprising how many women avoid this but then are
happy they took the time; the help to the body is only part of the joy.
It is also a positive thing to take time from TTC to strengthen the marriage
at the same time.
The amount to be used is between 15 and 20mg per day according to Dr. Lee
from day 5 to day 26 of cycle ( during shutdown), (1/8 teaspoon) or
twice per day during the first month, and then 1/8 teaspoon divided into
twice each day from 5-26 during the second and third months (or for some
more months) Not to belabor this but to be sure. That means 1/4 total of
progesterone cream month 1 and 1/8 total during month 2 and 3.
(If you are overweight you will need more as well. This is because
hormones are absorbed into fat cells.) These amounts are not our
recommendation but according to what the body would produce if it were
balanced and healthy.
This shutdown is based on 1500 mg
per 2 oz jar of progesterone cream. As we stated above, most creams on the
market only have 800-900 mg per 2 oz. jar and require more usage which means
Q: What happens if my cycle starts before day 26?
If your cycle should end before day 26 simply begin counting to day 5 and
begin again. This may happen to many because of short luteal phases. Often
times one finds that with the supplementation the cycles are shorter because
your body is getting progesterone to oppose the estrogen. This is just
enough for those who are very estrogen dominant to oppose the estrogen and
cause break through bleeding. If you do NOT bleed, still go off the cream
and give your body a rest from progesterone only with this scenario count 7
days. This would give you 3 weeks on and one week off each of the 3 months;
trying to stay with your body's cycle as much as possible.
Q: What happens if I get pregnant during the shutdown?
A: If for any
reason you find yourself pregnant during this time DO NOT go off the cream
abruptly. You can continue until the end of your pregnancy or you may
closer to 12-16 weeks. When the body is low in progesterone and it
sees a sudden dip it may interpret this as time to shed the lining.
Many have miscarried by going off suppositories too abruptly without
knowing. Notice I said suppositories. We hear
constantly of doctors who recommended a woman stop her suppositories;
thinking she should have enough progesterone at that point in her pregnancy.
The body can see this as the "end of cycle drop" and "shed the lining" as I
said above. Instead take the safe route and continue until you
are sure the placenta is fully operational and growing well. The
placenta should pick up on production of hormones by week 8 and this is one
of the most common gestational points for miscarriages.
Write to us
instead to be sure.
Follow your own body. You may find that you need more to offset your
symptoms but the best way to tell if you have too much is if it makes you
extremely tired in the day. Then you would cut back. According to Dr. Lee
you will always need at least 15-20 mg per day (1/4 - 1/8 of a tsp. per day
depending upon the strength of the progesterone cream) of the times
Q: What other products/herbs/foods
might be helpful to use during this time?
A: There are 12 systems in the body. Although
the cleanse is targeted toward certain systems, all twelve body
systems, of course, will be affected in general. These 12 systems are:
Excretory System - large colon
Digestive System - liver, salivary glands, gall bladder and pancreas
Endocrine System - Glands, pineal, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus,
adrenals, pancreas, ovaries, testes
Lymphatic System - spleen, thymus, appendix, tonsils, lymph nodes, lymph
vessels and fluid
Urinary System - kidneys, bladder, ureters, urethra
Reproductive System - ovaries, ova, testes, sperm
Nervous System - brain, spinal cord, nerves
Circulatory System - heart, blood vessels, blood
Integumentary System - skin, hair, nails, oil and sweat glands
Respiratory System - lungs, trachea, bronchi, bronchial tubes, alveoli
Skeletal System - all bones, cartilage, joints
Muscular System - all muscular tissue.
The purpose of a good cleanse is to clean, repair and rebuild these systems
as quickly, healthily and thoroughly and as naturally as possible Consider
some of the following products for an ideal cleanse which will take charge
of your entire body. These are combinations and single herbs or
supplements traditionally used and most researched in these areas.
Please read the product pages for more individual herbal information.
Here are products you might
The Excretory System
Most disease begins in the colon because nutrients cannot penetrate
the buildup on its walls from years of the American Diet. Constipation also
inhibits the removal of excess estrogens and allows parasites to incubate
taking your nutrients and leaving excrement behind.
PLEASE NOTE: if you have
any history of constipation, foreign travel, itching in your anus area,
eating sushi or other common invitation to parasites we strongly recommend
parasite cleansing for both you and your spouse. In truth most will
deny that they could have parasites when it is estimated that 95% of the
world has them. Parasites do not respect persons.
On this subject; we recommend for
the best cleanse, a parasite cleansing as well. Try
from Nature's Sunshine.
Our choice for the colon when accompanied by a history of
constipation: LOCLO and
Liquid Bentonite Clay in combination to
flush out fecal matter and remove toxic build up of heavy metals. This
is a daily maintenance. The LOCLO is like apple pie and the
bentonite clay is tasteless; you won't even know it is there. You can
find these products on the
Nature's Sunshine Product Pages.
For Cleansing the Liver
Choose 1 below:
Corbicula - for cleansing the liver. Corbicula is a powerful clam
concentrate for a deep liver cleanse. It comes from the Corbicula clam and
therefore its name. It is used for hepatitis and for serious cleansing of
the liver. When one has galactorrhea, the liver is a must to cleanse. The
liver is the main toxin filter and when it becomes muddied, it can no longer
protect the body from toxins. The liver is responsible for warming the blood
and is the first organ to consider if you are always cold. It, like
the colon, can store excess estrogen. A dirty liver will be a sign that the
kidneys are at risk and a main consideration if your temps are low as well.
The Japanese actually ask "How is your liver?" when greeting one another as
an indicator of one's health. Although the liver is a major organ and over
time the Herbal Release would be sufficient, cleansing it with this product
ensures a faster more efficient cleanse geared more directly to liver. It
will also supply a high source of protein and vitamins and minerals.
Corbicula is the best way to clean and feed the liver. Corbicula will
nourish the liver, where most herbs will more clean than nourish it.
Corbicula is a food and therefore can be taken anytime. It is gentle.
Choice #2 for the liver:
Licorice Root is our herb of
choice IF high blood pressure or diabetes is not a concern. Choose licorice
root when you have facial hair, acne or losing hair from the scalp. This is
very important as with hirsutism. If you have endometriosis it is best to
talk about which of these would be best for you according to your profile.
Consider this herb with PCOS and consider with full weight if you have high
stress or adrenal burnout. In Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM,
licorice root is the most highly recommended herb. Licorice root
is not for those with high blood pressure. At that time we would
recommend Milk thistle. see below.
Choice #3 for the liver:
Milk Thistle is a wonderful herb for the liver. It is one of the most highly
recommended for the endocrine system. Consider this herb is you have
high blood pressure.
Diet, Herbs, Supplements
and Exercise FAQ
Q: While, I am shutting down what
other herbs would be helpful to use?
A: For many
straight Vitex (also known as chaste tree berry) is very important to the
entire cleansing/shutdown time. Vitex has been clinically proven to restore
hormonal balance of FSH and LH,to lower prolactin sensitivity and to remove
excess estrogens. If at all possible try doing the herbs at the same time if
you have cysts, endometriosis or fibroids. Vitex has a reputation of
lengthening the luteal phase. More is written on this herb on the Vitex
page. Vitex is known to level hormones and should not be looked
at as an alterative but an adaptogen; meaning to level out not cause an
Other choices would be Sarsaparilla root, Dandelion root Bupleurum root,
Astragulus root, Red Clover flowering tops, Rhubarb root,
Gentian root, Prickly Ash bark and a few others in combination or for using
as specifics. Write us about these.
Q: While I am cleansing, do you suggest anything else to
avoid besides meat (especially meat with hormones and red meat), milk and
dairy products, white sugar, refined foods, white flour, caffeine, alcohol.
A: If you are to have animal protein, try to find hormone
free or stick with more chicken and turkey since they have less hormones,
but don't be fooled, that does not mean none. Look for grain fed and free
range. Concentrate your diet on fresh fruits and vegetables,
mostly raw unless you have very low temperatures. In this case you
would want to work your way to raw by eating more warm foods that have been
lightly steamed or stirfried over low heat. If you cook, do so by light
steaming or grilling. Stay away from WHITE products - white flour, white
sugar, white rice, white fats (dairy) caffeine and, yes, eat as many fruits
The key is balance. Watch for
what is best for you. Many will not be able to eat this ideal. Do what you
can and hold each food up and ask if this is the temptation that will stand
between you and your baby. Always strive to do a little better each day and
remember that you are not just eating - or cleansing - for a baby but that
your reproductive problems stem from whole body problems that will manifest
- or have already - in other disorders.
Remember that 2 steps forward and
1 step back is still 1 step forward. Do not be too hard OR easy on yourself,
but do the best you can.
Raw foods or light steaming or light grilling without sauces, if possible.
You'll be surprised at the beautiful taste of real food is. Find as many
ways to make a salad or to eat fruit as possible and always have baby
carrots on hand and apples. They are very easy to pick on and carrots
are immensely supportive of the reproductive system.
I cannot sing the praises of
juicing enough at this time and forward. Juicing is such an ideal way to get
so many wonderful nutrients quickly and easily digested without the normal
fiber when eat them.
Q: Can I continue to take my other
A: I believe you should take whatever you are comfortable
with and using now if they are a good source. Please do not purchase
laboratory vitamins as these are isolates and are not what they are cracked
up to be.
Green Barley - Add to your
daily diet Green Barley for supernutrition now and in the future. Green
Barley has all 8 essential amino acids which gives you all of the necessary
building blocks of protein along with vitamins, macro and trace minerals,
and micronutrients . The juice is virtually without fiber and therefore can
proceed right to the small intestines for better cellular activity.
Nothing is lost in digestion or in the colon. Green Barley contains kelp and
chlorophyll which have traditionally used to help spark the thyroid. It is
rich in calcium, folic acid and SOD, an antioxidant.
Sea Silver is our choice to
Barley. It is also rich in all of the above except
chlorophyll but has other antioxidants and pau d'arco. We cannot
express our backing of these two products. It is our opinion that you
cannot find better.
Folic Acid is very important. Do
not be without this if your diet is not rich in leafy green vegetables
already. Again find one that is plant derived not from a laboratory.
(if you are juicing, it may not be necessary.)
Bee Pollen has been shown to be helpful in lowering prolactin and raising
progesterone and is loaded with naturally occurring and highly usable
B-Vitamins. It is a natural antibiotic and immune enhancer and is a complete
food in itself. Consider Dr. Christopher's Bee Power with its many
beneficial herbs combined with Bee Pollen to restore energy and stamina.
A proper juicing program, normal bowel movements and proper eating will give
you the nutrients you need. Be sure to eat a healthy greens-filled salad
daily for folic acid.
Q: I have seen it recommended,
drinking 1 cup of raspberry leaf tea daily. Should I do this during the
cleanse as well?
A: Raspberry tea is always good for a woman. Up to one
quart per day is common for the uterus for toning and strengthening. Some
say that you should never have more than a cup per day during pregnancy or
luteal phase until the last month in your third trimester. Others say that
you should sip it through out the day. It is best to be on the safe side and
drink in moderation once you find that you may be pregnant. It is the
most used herbal tea in women's health. Drink more ahead of time if you have
a weak uterus. During the cleanse is a good time to drink more of this tea.
You will find that it has a pleasant taste.
Q: Do you carry these herbs in bulk?
A: Yes we do carry in larger quantities to last you the
entire cleanse. Since the cleanse can be costly, we understand every bit
helps. You can order any herb
whether it is listed or not. We offer 15% off most herbs from 2 oz and
up. Some of them you may order in 2, 4 or 8 oz sizes. Just fill in the name
of the herb when you check out in the "special instructions". Please ask me
if you'd like if these herbs seem right for your profile.
Q: Should I go ahead and start on EPO
and/or flaxseed oils during the cleanse as well? I believe it would help,
making sure I get Omega 3 Fatty Acids in my system.
A: Although we cannot specifically recommend anything,
studies and research show EFAs like these are valuable to a woman every day
of her life as well for all aspects of health. EFAs are essential to the
make up of every cell.
Studies have shown that in laboratory rats when EFAs were removed completely
from the diet ALL pregnancies ended in miscarriage. Though we are not rats
we cannot dispute the correlation between EFAs and cellular health.
Evening primrose was also researched and approved as aiding in lowering
prolactin levels and lessening PMS. This EFA is safe to use in the
follicular phase (pre ovulation) but should be limited to that time only. It
is best to use no more than 1 TB of flaxseed oil daily, once you are
pregnant to keep the delicate balance of prostaglandins in check. You can
read about these more at:
Essential Fatty Acids.
Q: I also plan on using the castor
oil pack you recommended during the cleanse. How often should this be done
during the cleanse?
A: Castor oil packs are best just before doing a heavier
cleansing day or any day you choose. DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE
SEVERELY CONSTIPATED. FOR THAT WE WILL WORK INDIVIDUALLY.
THEN: You MUST drink at least 1 gallon of water, throughout the day, to
flush it through and if you want to you you may have steamed veggies at the
end of the day. The only other thing you should have is Green Barley for the
maximum nutrition on these super cleansing days.
In the day: Take one or two of the helpings the day of your cleanse then
while waiting for it to kick in.... warm your belly with a hot water bottle
or heating pad. Take some castor oil and rub generous amounts on your
belly, in a clockwise position. Massage it in. SIDE NOTE: When you have gas
rub and tap in a circle - clockwise, up to the rib cage and down and around.
Next take a warm towel (Turkish or a very thick towel folded) and place it
over the castor oil, place saran wrap around you to hold in the heat and
then put a heating pad or hot water bottle on top. Leave on for an hour and
and wait for things to happen, cleanse, do an enema or go for a colonic.
Continue to take the herbs throughout the day up to five times for a
thorough one day cleanse. The castor oil will loosen fecal matter in your
Q: I will probably utilize some of
the essential oil combos, for detoxifying the body. Anything to help
cleanse! Which do you suggest?
A: I would recommend a loofah for the whole body
exfoliation and many body soaks and lavender baths. Lavender is a wonderful
relaxing friend. Use it in the bath or on your pillow at night to help
The skin is the largest organ.
Doesn't it make sense to cleanse IT as well?
Q: During the cleanse/shutdown
period, I will probably try to utilize the info you gave about using the
Moon to stimulate the pineal gland, to regulate ovulation. I'm thinking that
might help my cycle.
A: Information on this is found in greater detail under
Lights and TTC in regards to the luteal phase page. Remember to
put on a night light during the 3 days of the full moon if you don't have
the moon directly coming in or have all of your shades up and an eye mask
would be very helpful for others for the rest of the month. Basically, your
eyes and ovaries have a common connection: the Pineal gland, which is very
sensitive to night lighting.
As a note, I would like to say
that in Genesis the Lord's word says that there was a lesser light to govern
the night. I believe that this theory on the light and the cycles of the
moon yet again confirms God's Word. After all, He set science and
nature in place.
Q: I also hope to start a regular exercise program
during this time. Optimally, I could probably stand to lose about 40 pounds
or so, but I want to do it the healthy way. I despise crash diets.
A: For weight loss, aside from exercise, giving your body
the necessary nutrients and using self control is the best option. There is
NO substitute for exercise. Every heart needs proper exercise.
For those with endometriosis,
stretching and walking are very important. Breathing deeply is also
important. Breathe deep into your stomach and relax often as you do it. This
helps your uterus to properly contract and release which will help later as
well (in labor). This also supplies valuable oxygen to your blood.
I believe this should give you a
good overview of what to expect. Do not get overwhelmed. It is only 3
months, but 3 POWERFUL months for the body. Many women find that it is
freeing for them to take time off to get healthy and without the pressures
of infertility obsessions.