Self Care During Menstrual Period
Since disturbances in Heavenly Water
(Menstrual Period) are principally rooted in the Liver and Kidney organ
systems, we should undertake self-care treatments that support these
networks. In general, we can best tend to our Heavenly Water (Menstrual
Period) by working with our emotions, making dietary changes,
moderating our physical activity and making other lifestyle changes.
Keep in mind that because being relaxed is very important to the smooth
movement of Qi and Blood, any self-care regimen we undertake should be
with gentleness and not approached aggressively.
Health Tips On How To Regulate Menstrual
Period With Diet And Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
In general, and especially during the
time of Heavenly water (Menstrual Period), excessive amounts of cold
foods and fluids, and raw foods, should not be ingested since they can
hamper the transformation process of food into Essence - Jing - one of
the Three Treasures. cold foods can slow down the work of the Spleen,
and lead to spleen Qi deficiency, which hinders the flow of Qi in the
body and, if prolonged, can create accumulations of Cold and Dampness.
This deficiency will produce pain, perhaps in the joints, which is a
frequent problem for us during the time of Heavenly Water (Menstrual
Period) , and may increase bloating, cramping and discomfort. In
addition, the Spleen ensures that Blood stays within the vessels and
does not seep into the tissues, so the Spleen's proper functioning is
important during menstruation. A Spleen
Qi Deficiency can manifest as heavy menstrual flow, cramps with cold
hands and feet, diarrhea and digestive problems. .When a Spleen Qi
Deficiency results in a Blood Deficiency, we may have problems falling
asleep or miss a menstrual period.
What should we eat to prevent Qi
deficiencies? Foods, even slightly cooked, are more easily digested,
with nutrients more readily absorbed. Hot drinks and soups help to
alleviate painful periods. On the other hand, coffee, alcohol, hot and
spicy foods, along with large amounts of red meat, should be avoided
Heavenly Water, as they Stagnate the free movement of Liver Qi. Since
the Liver Meridian courses through the Uterus, a blockage here will
affect the smooth movement of Qi and Blood, and create uncomfortable
symptoms. Generally stimulants magnify disharmonies of Excess and
increase the severity of symptoms.
Rich, fatty foods affect the free
movement of both Liver Qi and Spleen Qi. Typically, oily foods that are
fried or greasy and sweets, can produce Spleen Qi Deficiency, and so
should be avoided. A high-fat diet increases Qi Stagnation and
Dampness, which is related to depression and loss of energy.
Additionally not eating an excessive amount of dairy products and raw
foods will reduce Dampness and not tax the Spleen.
During the time of Heavenly Water
(Menstrual Period) , women frequently experience a craving for sweet
foods. One theory suggests this is a sign of a Spleen Deficiency.
Another theory relates it to the Liver Organ system. As the Liver
becomes full, it exerts its inherent assertive quality while the
Spleen, fatigued from transforming and transporting digestible, is
weakened in its ability to fend off aggressive advancement by the
Liver. Generally, it is thought that the Spleen is weak and needs
support, thus explaining food cravings as a Spleen Deficiency. However,
the cause may be an aggressive Liver that, susceptible to excessive Qi,
tends to become full prior to the start of menses due to stress and
emotional disturbances. A Liver with excessive Qi will result in the
weakening of the Spleen and cause increased desire for sweet foods.
Some women crave chocolate and coffee. The caffeine temporarily moves
stagnant Qi but does not address the root problem and ultimately has a
rebound effect, causing a deeper level of Stagnation and Spleen
Salt intake should also be reduced to
ease its effect on the Kidney Organ system. Salt, in excess, can create
a Kidney Qi Deficiency that may result in water retention, lower-back
pain or urinary tract infections.
To replenish Blood that is lost during
Heavenly Water, we should eat foods that are rich in Blood-enhancing
properties such as dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and
dandelion leaves and red meat, liver, poultry, sweet rice, fish, eggs
and raisins. It is also beneficial to eat the egg soup and sweet rice