Lana Farson, M.S., L.Ac., Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist

Women’s Moon Cycle – Taking Care

A woman’s moon cycle or menses can be a delicate and sensitive time, as deeper hormonal qualities surface from the interior ‘yin’ part of the body to aid in a natural purification.  It’s a perfect time to take care of oneself.  In addition to eating a balanced diet, getting exercise and fresh air, and working toward emotional clarity, the following points are considered sage advice passed down from generations.

Be careful of too much exposure to the following:


Cold and damp climates. Keep legs and feet warm.  Keep covered in cold places and when the temperature is cool.  Avoid putting the hands in cold water.  Avoid sitting directly on the ground or cold concrete.rain with rainbow

Physical extremes. Avoid heavy physical work and sex during the menses.  Get plenty of rest.

Emotional extremes. Upsetting situations (movies, conversations, etc.) and emotional stress are best avoided during the menses.

To support health during the menses, it is helpful to avoid:

Alcohol

Tobacco

Coffee

Foods that are cold in temperature

Refined sugar

Hydrogenated fats

Polyunsaturated cooking oils

Large amounts of raw food or fruits.

We now know:

Fluoridated water suppresses thyroid activity, upsetting the hormonal system in general

Chlorinated water destroys vitamin E, an essential nutrient for menstrual ease

Commercial red meats and poultry have residues of steroids composed of female animal sex hormones, which interfere with human menstruation

Over time, oral contraceptives and IUD’s cause difficulties

Source: Healing with Whole Foods, by Paul Pitchford

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