Naturopathy and Gandhiji…Everyone knows Gandhiji as the father of our nation , but very few knows that he is the father ofNaturopathy in India too. Considering him only as a freedom fighter as we are taught in history texts is a very poor understanding.
When Gandhiji was in South Africa, for his digestive ailments, one of his friend introduced him to Naturopathy and gave a book called ‘Return to nature ‘ by Adolf Just. Gandhiji developed a immediate liking for the system for it’s simplicity. His heart raced to the millions of people in rural India who didnt have any access to medicines or health care. He wanted to introduce nature cure to every house hold in India.Gandhiji was against slavery in any form. He wanted everyone to be self reliant. He doesn’t want people to rely for help even for their health . He wanted people to take responsibility of their health. He strictly practised it in his family and pursued his followers to follow too.In pune, there was a Naturopathy hospital which was inaccessible to the poor people. Gandhiji stayed there for two months and took all the treatments and soon after , he changed the hospital into a national Institute in Naturopathy , which is the apex body of Indian Naturopathy till today.A sound mind is possible only in a sound body. Gandhiji was able to walk for miles and lead an active political life without any tiredness. All this energy, he attributes to his lifestyle adhered to Naturopathy. He really wanted such energy to every Indian ….to be free from physical and mental ailments and not just a political freedom..As naturopathy doctors, in this naturopathy day (nov 18 ) , let’s make an attempt to know the system… be true to the system and heal through the system..
Let good health and happiness prevail…!
Menstrual cramps :Why the pain?
The uterus contracts to expel the endometrium (lining in the uterus that sheds every month) .This contraction is stimulated by prostaglandins which causes pain . But usually it lasts for few hours and manageable with hot water bag or an a pain killer. If the pain is more disturbing the daily activities, gynecologist should be consulted. If there is clots, heavy bleeding, excessive pain, investigation is a must.What is excess bleeding?
on an average, every month, a woman bleeds 90- 120 ml of blood (approximately 9-12 fully soaked pads) .Anything more than that, should be consulted and see that the blood counts and haemoglobin are normal.For good menstrual health :
For a menstruating women, the regular cycle every month without much pain is a clear indicator of good health. Many times, young girls are happy when they don’t get periods regularly, for the fear of pain and discomfort. But they don’t understand the underlying problem.A good lifestyle is very much needed for menstrual health..
– Avoiding tea /coffee during premenstrual period.
– Avoiding junk foods that has excess oil, salt and preservatives.
– Mild to moderate excercise /yoga throughout the month is the best tool to ease menstrual cramps.
– Drinking lots of fluids will help in easing fluid retention and bloating.
– Breathing and meditation techniques will help in managing stress.
– Hot fomentation bag (hot water bag), hot foot immersion ( keeping both legs till calf muscle in bucket or tub with hot water for 20 mins ). This will help in improving circulation and relieve cramps.
– AcupressureWhen a woman experiences cramps, it’s always considered as a curse for womanhood. But it need not be the case. Just a little care and right knowledge could help anyone to manage anyone to carry on menses with grace..!#happybleeding
#may28 world menstrual hygiene day..
Yoga and menstruation ❤❤I have beem teaching and practising yoga for the past ten years. One condition that improves miraculously is menstrual health. The reason is ,yoga is balance. It restores all the imbalances in the body. It may be hormonal, physical or emotional. The imbalance in the hormones caused by many factors is the reason for most of the menstrual irregularities and cramps.Yoga brings flexibility to the body. When the body is supple, the contractions of uterus or muscles will not be painful. Daily stretching of muscles through various asanas helps both body and mind .However, asanas should be avoided during periods. Breathing and meditation can be done.The asanas specific for menstrual health:- Butterfly pose (baddhakonasana) helps in strengthening pelvic muscles.- shashankasana (child’s pose) helps in calming the pain and strengthens back.- ushtrasana (camel pose) helps in improving flexibility of spine.- sarvangasana (shouder stand pose) helps in hormonal regulation. Good for pcod and thyroid disorders. If the asana is difficult to achieve, could go for viparatakarani or could do with wall support.- lumbar stretch and lumbar twist will help to ease the stiffness in thigh muscles and hips.These asanas should be learnt only from the qualified teacher. Self learning through internet may harm. Apart from the asanas, pranayama like nadi shodhana (alternate nose breathing), brahmari (bumble bee breathing) helps in calming the mind and relieves stress.Always our strength should be inside out. Healthier inside is happier outside. Yoga helps both..!!#pirai
Evolution of menses ❤❤
Evolution or nature , I consider as a strict task master. It doesn’t do anything without a valid purpose.. It works solely on cost and benefit calculation. In such situation , in the course of evolution, how and when menstruation started..??! The 120 ml blood that’s shed every month is quite costly according to evolution. Hence should have a valid benefit that equates the cost.If we look at the large population of mammals in the world, only a handful of mammals like primates, humans, some species of bat, elephant shrew menstruates. Other mammals doesn’t develop this rich bed of tissues prior to fertilization. It just ovulates and makes a thin bed of vessels superficially in uterus along with fertilization.In mammals, with the development of brain and fine sophistication of hormones, the nutritious bed of tissues are thick and deep for the special need of embryos to be implanted deeply. The embryos need more nutrition to grow than in other mammals.
In other mammals, the tissues are reabsorbed when there is no embryo(covert menstruation) .on the contrary, in menstruating mammals, the layer is so thick that it can’t be reabsorbed. Hence it is shed periodically.Nature knows things much better than us. The long lineage of changes evolved after trial and error along the million of years is not without a purpose. Just that, we need to find the purpose.
History of menstrual products ❤❤
When the human beings evolved from primates and started to civilize, the women in her menses were put under different myths in different parts of the world. At some part of the world, they were considered as dark witches who could stop lightning and burn the crops with a glance. In some other parts , they were not allowed to cook ,touch the cow etc..This made most of women to keep it as a secret..
It took so long for human beings to understand the relation of this blood with ovulation and fertilization. Only after this new found knowledge of menses directly related to babies made them give emphasis on menstrual hygiene and health.Free bleeding was the norm then. Women were made to bleed in their dress and isolated for the same. Women wore different kinds of roots in their body to neutralize the odour of blood.In Egyptian civilization, soft papyrus and linen were used.
Later when more and more fabrics were invented, everything was used as trial and best was used to absorb blood.
In 18 th century, cloths were fitted with a belt and was washed and reused.
During world war 1 , the french nurses found the bandage cotton made from wood pulp, that was used for the wounded soldiers were super absorbent. Thus the first sanitary pad that resembles today’s pads came into existence.
since then, rapid development in technology and chemicals along with more women getting out of home changed the shape and nature of the pads.
Pads with adhesives and absorbent gels are the latest addition.There is no doubt that all the inventions in this world are made with the intention of improving the human life. But sometimes we get too enthusiastic and gets carried away with the focus on just one factor and ignoring the rest. As the time passes, it’s our duty to revise and look into other factors too. In this case, the sanitary pads are just focusing on the factor of comfort. It’s high time that we look at the other disturbing factors and correct it too.Why be a witch, when there is a choice of becoming guardian angels..!?! Let’s make better choices❤
Story of sustainables ❤❤
The Earth with it’s inmates has a collective conscious by which, a phenomenon occurs in many forms and in many places making people from different parts of the world to think, talk and act on it. The phenomenon keeps changing with time… it was globalization at one point of time… and now, it is ‘sustainablity ‘. We see many tags recently with ‘organic’, ‘ecofriendly ‘, ‘reuseable ‘.. it’s hightime that we join the trend.When people were nomads, they had minimal needs and the remnants they left were meagre..(no plastics till then..!).. Even when they got settled, they had enough spaces to discard the unwanted junks after use. Times changed.. we started making things that could last for centuries but sadly using it only for few hours. More and more polymers and plastics are flooding every field. Unfortunately, population is on steady increase too. So we don’t have enough space to dump the junk. The largest dumping place in every country is rivers and ocean.. Even a fish from the deepest part of ocean has minute plastic particle in it’s gut. That tells the tale of our desire to leave a permanent legacy in every living organisms on earth.
This is the problem we face irrespective of developing, developed and under developed countries. There is no choice left other than shifting to sustainables and reuseables.Soon it will be a necessity for all .A disposable sanitary napkin used for few hours stays in the earth for 5-7 centuries. And it is not just one. Each women throws 150 kgs of waste in life time. It’s progressing steadily to be the winner of ‘who fills the dumpyard first ‘ contest. Second only to disposable diapers.Let’s make better sustainable choices, for good earth and good health.!!
Menstrual hygiene day 2019..Why did we choose to talk about it..?
A polythene bag that causes so much pollution is talked about by many ppl.. social workers, environmentalists etc.. but none talks about a disposable pads thats is as harmful as four polythene bags..
the reason is simple.. menstruation is a taboo.., it is a secret topic that none want to address openly. Any problem that is not discussed, never gets solved too. Hence we see dumpyards being filled with sanitary pads everywhere.Alternate to disposable pads :
Menstrual cupsDoes menstruation matters to men?
We live in a society where we are have predominant gender stereotypes .. like men don’t cook.. men can’t babysit.. etc..Also it continues as men need not know abt menstruation and not necessary to speak about. The result is , lots of men doesn’t know what their women is going through, physically and mentally and what she uses in her menses etc.. It is high time that boys and men are taught the science behind the hormonal rush, tantrums and cramps .. Patriarchy is nurtured by woman.. and the gender stereotypes starts at home..Hence we should provide more opportunity for young boys and girls to discuss the topics of puberty at home first.The waste dumped in piles is not just a women’s problem, it’s a global problem that includes men..Health and environment :
Health is a personal choice. The harmful or sustainable products we use, the junk or healthy foods that we eat is a personal choice we make that will alter and define our Wellness ..
But environment is not so. It is not a personal choice. If something that we throw disturbs the ecosystem and earth, that should be avoided . An alternate should be sought. It’s not a choice, it’s a necessity.On this menstrual hygiene day, each one can teach one, talk to someone regarding your queries, ask about the way they dispose their pads in school, workplace, travel etc.. If you are in position to change something, try to put effort and make a difference. If the topic is very new to you, read more about it.All the great changes in the world started with a small change from within.. Let that change start with you today..❤
Our story of ‘pirai ‘
”I am a school teacher handling higher secondary classes. Few days back, one of my student was not attentive in class. I scolded and asked her to get up and sit on the floor infront. She was very hesitant to obey me which made me angry. I gave her a knock on head and forced her to sit down. I have been in teaching profession for the past twenty years. Only after this workshop, I realize that the girls in my class may have other physical reasons for their relectance to follow orders. I will be more careful with my students hereafter….”
”As both me and my husband work, inorder to sleep well, we use diapers for our child and used to spend 1500/- every month for diapers and pads. I promise here that we will shift to sustainables and won’t buy diapers and pads anymore..”
” I am lucky to attend this workshop so early in my career.. For all the years ahead, I will keep telling my students all about this and will be happy if ten students benefit each year..”
”Though broad minded, I have been unknowingly promoting gender steretypes. I keep telling my boys not to cry or fear like a girl. Never acquired to me that fear has nothing to do with gender..thanks ..”
These are few of the feedbacks we received after an one day workshop on Menstrual health management, sustainable menstruation and gender equity for Principals and teachers of schools under SMSM (Service Missionary Of Sisters of Mary ) in Manali, chennai. It’s a program under ‘SURABI’, an initiative by Donbosco ,chennai.
There’s is no much things that we could afford to the world, other than some good words ,lots of smiles and some good deeds that helps others smile ..
Feeling happy as we are able to do some of these and grateful for the smiles of many many children who are going to be handled by these teachers..
Much love and gratitude to all those who made it happen..❤