, often called the womb, is the most delicate organ of woman. It is liable to disorders
of various kinds. Inflammation of this organ is common occurrence in women. It may be acute or
is a hollow, pear-shaped muscular organ, situated in a bonny frame called the pelvis.
It is seven centimeter long, five cm. in breadth and about 2.5 cm. thick. Its capacity is roughly
three cubic centimeters. The lower narrow end of the uterus
which opens into the vagina is
called the cervix
. The upper broad part is called the body of the uterus
or the corpus.
The inflammation which may affect the lining membrane of the uterus
is called endometritis.
When it affects the muscular coat and substance of the uterus
, it is termed metritis. Endometritis
may be confined to the lining membrane of the cervix
or neck of the uterus
or it may attack the
lining membrane of the entire organ. Commonly it is called catarrh of uterus
of acute endometriosis are slight fever, headache, general debility, loss of
appetite, pain in the back and lower part of the abdomen and pelvis, and itching tendency in the
vagina. IN chronic endometriosis, symptoms
are the same, but not so severe as in the acute
form. The only troublesome symptom is the discharge which may be either clear or opaque and
yellow. This disease may produce sterility.
Chill, fever, rapid pulse and breathing, nausea, local pain and discharge are the symptoms
acute metritis. This is a very rare case, but it may occur after confinement on account of
. Chronic metritis may occur for many reasons and is probably the most common
diseases among women. The symptoms
are disorders of menstruation, more or less profuse
, lack of vitality, weakness in the back and the limbs, pain in the lower
portion of the back and a tendency to abortion.
Inflammation of the uterus
may be caused by sudden chill, or by exposure to cold during
menstruation. The disease sometimes occurs because of the medicines applied for the purpose
of stimulating the menstrual flow. Other causes are the use of irritants to produce abortion, the
use of strong purgatives, the insertion of instruments and preventives, and excessive sexual
indulgence. Sometimes bicycle riding, hose back riding and dancing may also cause
inflammation of the uterus
among weak and underweight women. The displacement of the
in any form may also lead to this condition.
If the inflammation is caused by a chill or exposure to cold during menstruation, the patient
should start the treatment with a hot leg bath. This may be replaced by hot hip bath after two or
three days. In case of pain, hot and cold hip baths will be beneficial. The water should be
changed from hot to cold, every two minutes and this should be repeated thrice.
As this disease produces the tendency towards constipation
, the patient should take an enema
once daily with warm water as can be comfortably borne by the patient. It is also advisable to
apply alternate compress on the abdomen just before employing enema.
In the chronic form the treatment should aim at increasing the general vitality. To begin with, the
patient should resort to fasting on orange juice and water for two or three days. The procedure is
to take every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the juice of an orange diluted with warm water on
50 : 50 basis. If the orange juice does not agree, juices of vegetable such as carrots and
cucumber may be taken. A warm water enema may be taken each day while fasting to cleanse
After the short juice fast, the patient may adopt an all-fruit diet for about two days, taking three
meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit, orange, pineapple
peaches and melon.
After the juice fast the patient should follow a well- balanced diet of seeds, nuts, and grains,
vegetables and fruits. This diet should be supplemented with milk, yogurt, butter-milk, vegetable
oil and honey. A further short juice fast or periods on the all-fruit diet may be necessary at
intervals of a month or two, according to the needs of the case. If constipation
is habitual, all
steps should be taken for its eradication.
The foods which should be avoided are : white flour products, sugar, confectionery, rich cakes,
pastries, sweets, refined cereals, flesh foods, rich, heavy and greasy foods, tinned or preserved
foods, pickles, condiments, and sauces.
The patient should also undertake moderate exercise and walking in fresh air as it will help
increase general health and vitality. Yogic asanas such as sarvangasana, bhujangasana,
uttanasana, and shavasana are also beneficial in the treatment of inflammation of the uterus
No real cure is possible unless the system as a whole is treated. The blood has to be purified,
the nerves strengthened and the waste deposits accumulated in the system eliminated before
the trouble can be completely overcome.