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Period Problems
What is it?
Although symptoms such as pain or irregularity can be unpleasant, they are usually the result of natural hormone changes. Some of the most common problems are painful periods – sufferers experience cramp-like pain in the lower abdomen at the beginning of a period. Most often the cause is a tight cervix which generally loosens after the first pregnancy, putting an end to the problem. Lack of periods – this condition is natural during pregnancy and the menopause. However, it may follow use of the contraceptive pills or be a symptom of anorexia. Heavy period – greater than usual blood loss may also be due to hormone imbalance; fibroids – are small non-cancerous growths in the womb. Other problems are migraine, headaches,and pre-menstrual tensions.
Heavy blood flow, abdominal pains, irregular periods, pre-menstrual tension, migraine.
Conventional Practice:
A general practitioner will analyse the patient’s pattern of period and examine the womb and ovaries through the vagina. A cervical smear may be taken to detect early signs of cancer. If necessary, a blood sample is taken and its hormone level measured. Medicines such a mefenamic acid may help to relieve period pains. Progesterone tablets or suppositories or the oral conraceptive pill may relieve heavy period and pre-menstrual tension.
Alternative Treatments:
  Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy. It can help in a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.More Info

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