What is Castor oil pack?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs


Generic name: Castor Oil, USP

Castor oil has a long history of traditional medical use dating back to ancient Egypt. A castor oil pack involves the use of cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin. It is used to enhance circulation and to improve liver function and digestion, and relieve pain and inflammation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Bowel irritability 3 4
Support circulatory health 2 1
Cold sensation in lower leg(s) 1 1
Muscle and joint pain 1 2
Poor peripheral circulation 1 1
Support digestive health 1 1

Show all 8 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Castor oil pack

Side effect Patients
Jarisch-Herxeimer reaction 1
Nausea 1


Based on patients currently taking Castor oil pack

Dosage Patients
1 app m,w,f 1

Why patients stopped taking Castor oil pack

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Castor oil pack


Currently taking Castor oil pack

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Castor oil pack

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 3
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