vitex on endometriosis

Vitex or chasteberry is a female friendly herb that’s been used for centuries. It is proven effective and in scientific studies, too.

Vitex is one of the most popular herbal remedies for PMS and cramps. In fact, one study published in the Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine found that after being treated with vitex for three menstrual cycles, 93 percent of patients reported a decrease in the number of PMS symptoms or a complete end of PMS complaints. (1)

As with every herbal I take, I make sure I read reviews, facts, history and testimonies if there’s any. To lessen mistakes, wastage and to save money. Plus, I’m doing the homework for you, saving you time on research & mobile data, you’re welcome 🙂

If you are like me who’s in 1 out ten. Taking tried and tested herbs could be beneficial for us. To lessen symptoms, alleviate pains and discomfort, and help in normalizing of our hormones. I’m currently into injectable type of hormones (luprolex) and thus gives me menopausal like symptoms, the more reason I should take vitex together with my other supplements including Organic Spirulina, Vitamin B-complex, non-acidic vitamin C and Evening Primrose Oil.

Please keep in mind that vitex is not a hormone, it’s a medicinal plant or fruit that reminds our bodies to produce the actual hormone – progesterone.

There are other herbal remedies available and are mentioned in my previous post https://mypanoplies.com/2018/05/31/herbal-supplements-for-endometriosis/

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Zig Ziglar on marriage

Sharing one of the best Zig Ziglar’s writing and meditations… a valuable lesson for this generation and generations to come…

Coming home on a plane, I noticed that the fellow seated next to me had his wedding band on the index finger of his right hand. I couldn’t resist the temptation so I commented, “friend, you’ve got your wedding band on the wrong finger.”

He responded, “yeah, I married the wrong woman.”

Many people have a lot of wrong ideas about marriage and what it takes to make that marriage happy and successful. I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s possible that you did marry the wrong person. However, if you treat the wrong person like the right person, you could end up having the right person after all…

On the other hand, if you marry the right person and treat that person wrong, you certainly will have ended up marrying the wrong person.

I also know that it is far more important to be the right kind of person than it is to marry the right person. In short, whether you married the right or wrong person is primarily up to you.

Research, personal observation, and experience prove that stable, sound marriages are not built on the passion of the moment. Realistic (and positive) expectations lead to marriages that last.

I have been following and reading Zig Ziglar. For me he is one of the world’s best motivator, I thought at first he was an inspiration for entrepreneurial only. But he has great life principles and writings too.

  • You can reach the top. (Zig Ziglar)

9-Day Novena to Sto. Niño de Cebu

ACT OF CONTRITION

Oh, Dear Jesus, You are our King and our God, because of your love for us, You came down from heaven and born of the Virgin Mary. We repent all the transgressions we have committed against you. Forgive us, Oh Jesus, for our sins of ingratitude. Strengthen our will to resist temptations. Grant us the grace not to sin again that we may enjoy the blessings of Heaven.

Oh, Holy Child Jesus, son of the living God, who is ever-good and loving. We kneel before you our True God. We humbly ask to give us your mercy and grant us all the favors we ask of You in this Novena.

AMEN.

Day 1

Oh, ever-wise Jesus, son of the living God, in your infinite wisdom, You sent zealous missionaries to our shores in the Philippines to preach the Gospel to our forefathers. You had drawn our people to the light of your Catholic Church, we humbly ask you to give us the living faith so what we may always please you in all that we do. We ask you this in your Holy Name. Amen.

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino… (see prayer below)

Day 2

Oh, most-loving Jesus, who has shown your love to us by dying for us on the Cross and by giving yourself to us in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, we beseech you to share with us Your love so that we may always love You with all our heart, with all our soul and all our strength, and also so that we may always love our neighbors as ourselves. This we ask in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino… (see prayer below)

Day 3

Oh, my Jesus, who has said, “learn from me because I am meek and humble of heart”, grants us the virtues of meekness and humility so that we may progress in our spiritual life, and so that our neighbor may see your Image in us. We ask you this in your Holy Name. Amen

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino…

Day 4

Oh, merciful Jesus, you had forgiven those who crucified you; we implore you to give us a forgiving heart so that we may always pardon those who will hurt us in words or in deeds. This we ask you in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino…

Day 5

Oh, most-loving Jesus, You have said, “there will be more rejoicing in Heaven for one sinner who repents than over ninety nine who don’t need repentance”, we beseech you to grant us the grace of repentance so that we may repent our sins and live for you alone. This we ask in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino…

Day 6

Oh, most-loving Jesus, You gave us the example of a chaste life while you were on earth; we implore you to grant us the virtue of chastity so that we may always live a chaste life in whatever state of life we have chosen. This we ask of you in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino…

Day 7

Oh, most merciful Jesus, You had been always obedient to your heavenly Father even unto death; we beseech you to grant us the grace of being always docile to the promptings of the Holy Spirit so that we will always glorify your Father in Heaven. This we ask in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino…

Day 8

Oh, merciful Jesus, You opened the gates of Heaven for us through your death and resurrection; we implore you to grant us eternal life after our journey on earth. We ask you this in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino…

Day 9

Oh, merciful Jesus, You said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”, We beseech you to guide us in our way to Heaven so that we may be able to surmount all the difficulties and obstacles we encounter in this decptive world.

Grant us also the virtue of hope so that we always thirst for the heavenly things and for your glory. We ask you this in Your Holy Name. Amen.

Pray 3 Our Father; 3 Hail Mary & 3 Glory be…

Now ask Senor Santo Nino your intentions for making this Novena.

Supplications to Santo Nino…

SUPPLICATIONS TO SANTO NIÑO

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.

In every need let us come to you with humble trust.
R. Santo Nino, help us.

In our all doubts, perplexities and temptations,
R. Santo Nino, help us.

In hours of loneliness, weariness and trials,
R. Santo Nino, help us.

In the failure of our plans and hopes.
R. Santo Nino, help us.

In disappointments, troubles and sorrows,
R. Santo Nino, help us.

When others fail us, and Your Grace alone can assist us.
R. Santo Nino, help us.

When we throw ourselves on your tender love as our only refuge.
R. Santo Nino, help us.

When we are ill and our head and hands cannot work and we are lonely.
R. Santo Nino, help us.

When we feel impatient and our cross irritates us.
R. Santo Nino, help us.

Always, always, in spite of weaknesses, failings and shortcomings of every kind.
R. Santo Nino, help us.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world:
Spare us. O Jesus.

Lamb of God who take away the sins of te world:
Graciously hear us, O Jesus

Lamb of God who take away the sins of the world:
have mercy upon us, O Jesus.

Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, Graciously hear us.

Resource:

9 Days Novena to Sto. Nino de Cebu

Prayer for the New Year

Dear Lord,

whether I leave behind a year of joy or of sorrow and disappointments.

I pause to give thanks. Thank You for being with me everyday of every year. Thank you for making all things new and for giving me the grace of fresh starts & beautiful new beginnings.

Remind me of your presence in the days to come. Especially when I’m distressed, pained, confused or anxious.

I pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit and call upon Jesus, Your Son, our Lord, for His intercession, His guidance and light to shine our path, this new year and always.

Amen.

Pray your way to peace

What is personal peace?

(or inner peace)

As defined by Wikipedia; refers to a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors. 1

Being at “peace” is considered by many to be healthy, good for the body and soul. It is something we all seek and surely one thing money cannot buy. Even billionaires & the most influential people like Steve Jobs tried to search for peace, it was evident in his statements.

“my favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It is really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

“your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

“being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that matters to me.”

Steve Jobs

I have shared this before & I’m saying this again, the key to inner peace is faith. It took me countless uphill battles & several deaths in my family to finally came down to my knees, recognizing that all I need is Jesus. Nothing / no-one can help me bear the pain but him who suffered with us, for us…

“Don’t be afraid for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

The recent sudden deaths of my brother and less than a year after my father – devastated me. I stopped praying for a while, like “doubtful Thomas” yearning for answers on why awful things happened to me. Yes, I tasted great sorrow, grief, scrutiny and defeats, but knowing that we have Jesus in our weakest is our greatest gift.

There’s this awesome book I’ve been reading lately. Sharing the prayer below. With title – “The Stress Cure” by Linda Evans Shepherd.

Quoting her, “I wondered why I’d allowed yesterday’s stress to block God’s peace, peace I could have had today…

Though we can’t control all the things that happen to us, we can, with God’s help, control our reaction to them – trusting God even when we’re stressed.”

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The path to peace is simple – faith. It all starts there, peace leads to better health, then happiness and contentment. I’ve taken many herbal supplements to lessen my symptoms. Eventually, I realised that no matter how many ounces of medicine you take, if you’re under tremendous perpetual stress, it is useless and effect is just momentarily. Taking supplements coupled with intense faith & belief that you will be healed – that is power!

Let me now share the prayer;

Dear Jesus,

I need you to walk through the walls of my doubt and unbelief. I choose to believe in You, that you are alive! Give me supernatural belief so that I can see you clearly. You died on the cross for my sins and came back to life again. Because you took my punishment, I can now walk with God.

I turn from my sins and turn to you, to follow you and to trust you with my whole heart. Please forgive me for my past and let your Spirit come so I can learn to walk in your peace.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

God bless,

the Best Anti-Inflammatories you should eat

Inflammation is our body’s natural response as discussed in previous post – What are food – inflammatories? 

Here, we will talk about the best foods that fight inflammation.

 Whether you are an endo-sufferer or simply health-conscious, you will get some helpful recommendations in this post.

Nowadays, people get sick easily and there more cases of cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Also known as modern-day metabolic diseases. My grandmother rarely falls ill because in their time they’re taught to eat veggies and fish.

Stress, environmental toxins, pandemic lack of sleep, unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle can all contribute to inflammation.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of good nutrition. 

Even the bible have spoken a lot about it. “He gives food to every creature, His love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:25

As promised here are the best anti-inflammatory foods;

  • green leafy vegetables

  • fruits like anti-oxidant rich berries

  • herbs and spices including turmeric, cinnamon, etc. 

  • spirulina

  • fish

  • whole grains

  • nuts

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*Broccoli is an example of cruciferous vegetables. It is highly nutritious and is rich in sulforaphane – an anti oxidant and anti-inflammatory that fights inflammation by reducing levels of cytokines and NF-kb. Sulforaphane is a sulfur-containing compound that gives it a bitter bite. Another superfood is spinach. No wonder it’s the favorite of popeye 🙂 Spinach is packed with anti-inflammatory carotenoids – pigments that give them it’s color (1,2)

*Fruits like berries are packed with anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Berries have anthocyanins which are effective anti-inflammatories and improve immunity. Polyphenols reduce the risk of chronic metabolical diseases and give the fruit its beautiful bright colors. (3)

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*Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA & DHA. Great choices are wild salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and anchovies. Omega-3 is mentioned in what to do when you have both endometriosis & adenomyosis (4)

 

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*Whole grains are considered whole foods. Our stomach digest grains slowly, thereby minimising sudden spikes in blood sugar that promote inflammation. They are also a good source of magnesium. (5)

 

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*Amino acid tryptophan on nuts lower pain sensitivity and examples of nuts are almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and so on. High in omega-3 fatty acids, some of the phytonutrients in walnuts are hard to find in other foods. (6)

 

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Spirulina, turmeric and other herbals will be separately discussed in future post.

This type of assortment is very similar to a Mediterranean diet, while others call it Paleo diet. According to Harvard studies, chronic inflammation has been strongly linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s.

Best way to fight inflammation is with a healthy diet. 

 

Articles:

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-topics/nutrition

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/healthy-eating.htm

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18541602

 

What are food – inflammatories?

Food that can trigger an inflammation is considered an inflammatory. Women with endometriosis/ or adenomyosis should stay away from these inflammatories to lessen flare up & discomforts we experience regularly. 

Inflammation – is our body’s immune response, a natural response to protect itself from harm.

When our body is in continuous inflammation due to stress, bad habits & unhealthy eating, it becomes “chronic” manifesting into various symptoms such as; fatigue (loss of energy), digestive problems like diarrhea or constipation, skin issues, allergies, asthma, depression, anxiety, & high blood glucose levels.

With body in constant inflammation, our cells start attacking our body (auto-immune response). This results to many illnesses, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, heart diseases and cancer.

 

So what are these inflammatories that we should get rid from our diet?

  • refined carbohydrates

  • processed foods

  • fast food

  • saturated and trans fatty acids

  • GMO food

  • conventional dairy

  • alcohol & caffeine

  • sodas & other drinks with artificial sweeteners

 

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After that very painful attack recently, I’ve made a decision to really eliminate the inflammatories in my diet. In our international community we call it – endodiet. 

I thought I was going to die in severe pain, while vomiting everything I ate that day. Perhaps, this is life-changing for me, optimistic as always, dealing with endometriosis while helping fellow endo-sufferers by sharing my story, learnings and researches. 

 

Usual expression, but it is true – food is medicine

Since inflammation can have so many triggers and there are inevitable factors such as pollution, injury or sickness. We have the power to control and be mindful of what we eat/drink to stay healthy or pain-free. Join me for further studies on how to help and manage our unique condition.

Next post we will discuss the best anti-inflammatories. 

 

 

Read more:

Having Endometriosis & Adenomyosis; avoiding hysterectomy by lifestyle/diet change

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-foods-that-cause-inflammation#section2

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423.php