(Reader’s request pertaining to lemons and menstruation)
By Hwaa Irfan
The menstrual cycle is a factor of women’s lives that modernity does not give much time too. Many of the problems faced with menstruation is a product of a fast lifestyle, and diet. For instance, in busy secular societies women both work out of the home, and in the home, also there is very little time for sleep due to the work of raising children. It is normal in these types of societies to have a period for three days and anything longer is considered as a heavy period. However, in a less secular, more natural lifestyle, it is more normal to have a period that lasts for 10 days. Having experienced both lifestyles, and the resulting period, one can see the difference that lifestyle and diet can have on one’s cycle.
The use of lemons in menstruation is a folk remedy involving the taking of four lemons a day, one-at-a-time throughout the course of a day using the juice of one lemon in a glass of cold water. It does not apply to problems with menses in generally, but with heavy periods, or menorrhagia. As stated before what seems like a heavy period in one context, differs in another, but to know if one has menorrhagia the symptoms are according to the Mayo Clinic:
• Menstrual flow that soaks through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours
• The need to use double sanitary protection to control your menstrual flow
• The need to change sanitary protection during the night
• Menstrual periods lasting longer than seven days
• Menstrual flow that includes large blood clots
• Heavy menstrual flow that interferes with your regular lifestyle
• Tiredness, fatigue or shortness of breath (symptoms of anemia)
Menorrhagia like any other physiological problem is a symptom, a symptom that something is not quite right. Although the period occurs at the normal regular interval, this level of blood loss should be investigated as it is debilitating, and can lead to anemia. If one is not in a hurry to rush to the doctors to find out what is wrong, then with the next period one should a lot some time to one’s self as traditionally this is what we as women did. After all we are losing blood, and valuable vitamins and minerals, and we also losing life, so we deserve to take time out, with this God-given gift.
The cause of menorrhagia according to Dr Christine Northrup could be fibroids, endometriosis, or adenomyosis (internal endometriosis). It could also be a symptom of hormonal imbalance or a pelvic infection. IUD’s increase blood flow in some women, or a miscarriage could be taking place.
For a long term naturopathic solution one could try:
• Removing caffeine from one’s diet i.e. coffee, tea, soft drinks, and certain vegetables contain caffeine.
• Reduce consumption of dairy products from one’s diet.
• Increase one’s intake of calcium, zinc, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, and bioflavanoids (vitamin P).
• Spend half-an-hour each day doing some gentle exercises
The Moon Time as it is sometimes referred to is about slowing down enough to listen to the inner self, given the buys lives women have always had!
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Northrup, C. “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdon” 1998. Bantam Paperbacks, U.S.
Kloss, J. “Back to Eden” 1985. Back to Eden Books, U.S.