Treat Common Health Conditions – Female and Male Reproductive System Disorders
Female Reproductive System Disorders
The female reproductive system is extremely sensitive and complex. It operates on a cycle, responding to nerve transmissions from the brain and hormonal messages from the pituitary gland. At the same time, it is producing its own hormones in the form of estrogen and progesterone that feed back to these other organs.
Problems in the reproductive system may reflect hormonal imbalances that originate in other parts of the body, and such problems often flare up during times of mental and emotional stress. An unhealthy diet, including excess caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, and other harmful lifestyle factors may also contribute to problems of the female reproductive system. Sexually transmitted diseases can also damage the reproductive system. To help your healing system maintain the health of your reproductive system, follow the recommendations for overall health given in previous posts, try appropriate natural herbs, and eat a wholesome, healthy diet. An excellent resource on how you can improve the health of your reproductive system is Dr. Christiane Northrup’s best-selling book, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.
Cancer of the Female Reproductive System
The female reproductive system is one of the most common sites for cancer to appear. There are two reasons for this. First, the female reproductive system is extremely sensitive and vulnerable, and it intimately interacts with other systems in your body. Second, the cells of this system are some of the most rapidly dividing, active, and volatile cell populations of any tissue in the body. Cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and breast cancer are the predominant types of cancer, male or female, on this entire earth.
It is during this time in a woman’s life that ovulation and menstruation gradually end, resulting in diminishing levels of estrogen in the blood. The question of estrogen (hormonal) replacement therapy to prevent osteoporosis and heart disease that can occur following menopause is an ongoing area of debate among experts. Although estrogen replacement may be appropriate in certain cases, it also has an associated risk of increased reproductive-system cancer. Because of this risk, the use of natural, plant-derived estrogens and substances that work with the healing system are becoming more
popular. These options are generally safer, gentler, and often just as effective as more conventional forms of estrogen. Also, new evidence with NASA astronauts who experienced osteoporosis while they were in prolonged zero-gravity conditions showed that their osteoporosis could be reversed by their resuming normal weight-bearing activities once they were back on earth. The late actor, Christopher Reeve, a quadriplegic, who also developed osteoporosis due to inactivity, was able to reverse this condition as well by resuming weight-bearing exercises. Clearly, there is more to osteoporosis than merely menopause and estrogen.
In generations past, menopause was accepted as a natural condition of life, with little evidence that it caused increased risk of heart disease or osteoporosis. While the lack of estrogen may play a role in these conditions, certainly, other more important risk factors also need to be considered.
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a common, painful disorder that occurs around the time of menstruation and involves cramping of the uterine muscles. It may also include headaches and other associated symptoms, sometimes so severe that they can be disabling.
Stress, tension, emotional upheaval, lack of exercise, poor diet, dehydration, and excessive caffeine and alcohol can make PMS symptoms worse. For women who are always on the go, it is important to ease back a little on normal activities and listen to their bodies during menstruation, a time of blood loss and sloughing of reproductive tissues. Drink plenty of fluids, decrease caffeine and alcohol intake, practice stress-management and visualization techniques, and rest to support your healing system at these times. Natural herbs, such as cramp bark, raspberry tea, and dong quai, can help alleviate PMS symptoms. Acupuncture, gentle yoga stretching, breathing, and massage may also be helpful. Other disorders of the female reproductive system, such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, and fibrocystic breast disease often reflect hormonal imbalances, which, if caught early, can successfully respond to methods that work with your healing system. Some of these methods are proper diet, stress management, increased fluid intake, and natural medications and treatments.
Male Reproductive System Disorders
Recent research shows that men may go through a male equivalent to female menopause, when, around the ages of approximately 45 to 65, their testosterone levels become diminished, and they can suffer from mood swings and depression. Standardized doses of testosterone are currently available to supplement low testosterone levels, and natural sources of testosterone that work more harmoniously with your healing system are also currently being researched.
Prostate cancer has now become one of the most comrnon types of cancer in men. New research on prostate health and prostate cancer, being conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Ruth Marlin, and others at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute in New York, is showing that diet and emotional factors, including stress, play a significant role in prostate cancer and other disorders of the prostate. In addition to these studies, many case reports and books are beginning to demonstrate successful treatments for overcoming prostate cancer using methods that naturally work with your bodÿs healing system. Prostate Health in 90 Days is an excellent book by Larry Clapp, a lawyer who had prostate cancer and successfully overcame it with methods that work with the body’s healing system.
Also known as benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH, this condition compresses and encroaches upon the urethra, which is the tube lead-ing from the bladder through the penis. Prostate enlargement makes passing urine difficult. In advanced cases, a man may have to wake up 6 to 10 times or more a night to urinate because with BPH, the bladder never fully empties.
In addition to conventional medicines, saw palmetto, a natural herb that works with your healing system by shrinking and reducing swelling in the prostate, can often be very helpful for BPH. A low-fat diet, increased fluids and fiber, and reducing overall body tension by learning how to relax can also support your healing system in preventing and minimizing symptoms of BPH. BPH is not related to prostate cancer.
This form of cancer frequently afflicts younger males. If testicular cancer is caught in its early stages and given appropriate medical treatment, accompanied by lifestyle changes that help support the body’s healing system, it is often curable.