Women physiology is curiously complex. This is because it is dynamic and changes with different phases of her life. Woman have to undergo physiological stresses in additional to environmental ones affecting men and women and all other creatures. Certain conditions like menstruation, pregnancy, abortions or menopause all are instances of physiological stresses as they put more pressure on her energy demands, calorie intake, vital readings, micro nutrient uptake etc.
Menstruation which heralds the fertile life of a female, is to be dealt carefully. Many teenage girls experience psychological and physical problems during menstrual beginning. This being a new phase with physical modifications are to be accepted and in this phase the girl may feel discomfort with the engorgement of breasts, pain in the breasts and lower back, puffiness of face and hot flushes.
This is a new feeling and hence lays psychological stress on her mind. Some girls also experience pre-menstrual syndrome which presents symptomatically as rise in temperature, fullness in breasts and pain over the nipple and areola, puffiness of face and pimples, swelling in the legs, pain in the lower back, calf and inguinal regions, craving for chocolates, spicy food, headaches, constipation, acute episodes of depression and so on.
Experiencing all of these symptoms or any one or in sets, at the onset of monthly periods is mentally taxing and physically exhausting as well. Many students and teenagers come to me with the complaint of irregularities in their monthly cycle. Usually this cycle is of 24-28 days but its very rare that all women experience monthly periods at exactly a months’ period or completion of 28 days. The cycle varies with individual women and also the symptoms are subjective depending on the physiology and hormonal balance.
The girl with menstrual irregularities may face variety of symptoms like excessive body hair growth, androgenic features, pimples, stunted uterine development, improper growth of secondary sexual characters. All these may at later stage lead to infertility, PCOS, thyroid and other hormonal disorders. In addition this may harm the self image of the female itself, which is depressive.
Reiki, as an alternate healing therapy has proved as a successful treatment individually as well as integrated with other complementary therapies in remedying menstrual irregularities. Clinically menstrual irregularities are amennorhoea, oligomenorrhea, menorraghia, which are no bleeding, scanty flow and excessive flow respectively. As a Reiki healer, we need to recognise the cause and form of irregularity and channelize the energy in the problem area.
One of my teenage patients(name not disclosed) suffered from oligomenorrhea, scanty blood flow since her menstruation. Also she used to get her periods once in 2 or 3 months and had visited a couple of doctors before coming to me. Her mother was staunch follower of Indian systems of medicine and was reluctant to go undergo any form of allopathic remedy. On examining the girl I could see that she had associated secondary problems of excessive hairiness and improper breast growth too. I started with daily sessions of an hour each for a month and told the mother to review during this menstrual cycle. Along with reiki sittings I suggested certain naturopathic food restrictions and dietary changes.
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After 15 days when the girl had her 20 days of the cycle completed I started with oil massage and fomentations over the lower abdominal region as well. The result being she got her periods on the 31st day and later I reduced my reiki sittings to ¾ hour and gradually tapered the reiki and naturopathic remedies by the end of 3 months period. However, I continued to give distant healing to the girl on the request of the mother every month from her 21st day until she got her periods for the next 6 months until she regularly got her periods. During this phase we could evidently see the difference in her breast size as well and by the end of 6 months her facial hair had also considerably reduced.
The stimulation of pituitary gland by channelizing of reiki energy and in turn flow of vital energy to the parts of uterus help in solving menstrual abnormalities of amenorrhea and oligomenorrhea. However the duration and frequency of the reiki sittings depends on individual conditions.
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