The maternal instincts of a woman arise almost entirely from the female hormones within her
body. These hormes are produced in a pair of almond-shaped organs, known as the ovaries.
They are situated deep within the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus
The two major female hormones are estrogen and pro-gestrone. These hormones give the
woman strength and stamina and are largely responsible for the peculiarly feminine shape of her
body. The ovaries start producing large quantities of estrogen, the dominant female hormone
when a girl reaches about 12 years of age. This enables her to grow rapidly and develop into a
normal young woman. The commencement of menstruation at this time heralds the reproductive
phase of her life, when she can have children. This phase may last for about 35 years.
The menstrual flow is connected with the female function of ovaluation or the passing of the egg
cell or ovum from the ovary
to the womb ready for fertilisation. It is a provision of nature to
cleanse the inner surface of the womb and enable reproduction to take place normally. The flow
normally lasts for about four days and has a rhythm of 28 days.
The main problem relating to menstrual flow are painful menstruation, stoppage of menstruation
and excessive menstruation, besides pre-menstrual tension which is discussed in the next
chapter (84). These disorders are quite common, but they are not normal. Healthy women, living
according to natural laws and eating diets of natural foods do not suffer from the monthly ordeal.
Most menstrual disorders
are caused by nutritional deficiencies which lead to deficiency and
of the female sex hormones. These disorders are now discussed briefly.
Dysmenorrhoea : Painful menstruation or dysmenorrhoea, as it is called in medical parlance, is a
very common occurrence these days. This disorder is traceable to a debilitated and toxic
condition of the system in general and of the sex organs in particular due to a wrong diet, wrong
style of living and nervous exhaustion. The pain may be felt either two or three days before or
immediately before or during the flow.
Pain starting two or three days before the flow usually shows that the ovaries are not functioning
properly. This is a glandular misfunction and a carefully planned natural diet will usually put
matters right. For local treatment, hot sip baths on alternate nights for a week before the period
is due will be highly beneficial. Between periods, cold hip baths will increase the tone of the
Pain immediately before the flow commences is indicative of uterine flexion, which means that
the position of the womb is abnormal. A professional examination should be arranged to
ascertain the position of the womb and corrective exercises undertaken under professional
advice. Uterine flexion often occurs in women who are so thin that they have lost internal fat and
the ligament, on which the womb is suspended. General treatment along dietetic lines is
essential along with corrective exercises.
When the pain occurs during menstruation, it usually means that the womb itself is inflammed.
This condition can be relieved by proper attention to diet and hot hip baths just before the period
is due and cold hip baths between the periods. The hot hip bath is generally taken for eight toten minutes at a water temperature of 100 o F which can be gradually increased to 120 o F. Thecold hip bath should be taken for 10 to 15 minutes at a water temperature of 50 o F to 65 o F.
Amenorrhoea or stoppage of menstrual flow : Stoppage of menstruation is natural during
pregnancy and at the menopause, but abnormal at any other time. It is true that some women
have very infrequent periods but this seems to be peculiar to their particular type and cannot be
termed as stoppage. If , however, the periods have been quite regular for a number of years and
then suddenly stop or the cycle becomes frequently interrupted, it denotes a debilitated and
devitalised condition of the system, especially of the sex organ. Causes contributing towards this
condition are anaemia
, worry, grief, fright or other serious emotional disturbances, malformation
of the womb, tuberculosis
, displacement of womb and debility, especially after a serious illness.
The treatment for amenorrhoea should be directed towards the rectification of the
disease-condition responsible for causing the trouble in the first place. Along with this, a course
of general health-building treatment should also be carried out. If serious emotional disturbance
has caused the trouble, an initial period of quietness and rest is essential to the treatment. All
excitement, excessive mental strain and study should be avoided for a considerable period.
Menorrhoea or excessive menstruation : Profuse menstrual flow is common in certain women
and usually denotes a blood deficiency, especially blood calcium. A variety of causes may be
responsible for this trouble, but toxic condition of the system is at the root of the matter. It is
essential to keep the patient absolutely quiet and confined to bed. The bottom of the bed should
be raised 10 cm to 13 cm. IN case of excessive bleeding, a gauze may be inserted in the vagina
as a temporary measure.
For the first few days the diet should consist only of milk and raw vegetables. No stimulants
should be taken as they tend to increase the flow. When the bleeding has stopped, great care
should be taken to avoid over exertion or straining the body in any manner. A full nature cure
diet should then be adopted using fresh vegetables raw salads twice daily. As a long term
measure, what is needed is a scheme of treatment which will thoroughly cleanse the system of
The various disorders relating to menstrual flow are indicative of the low level of a woman's
health and a toxic condition of her sex organism, which has been brought about by wrong habits
of living, especially wrong dietary habits. These disorders are made more deep-seated and
chronic by modern medical efforts to deal with them through the suppressive agency of surgery
and drugs. The disorders being systemic in origin, can be tackled only by treating the system as
a whole so as to remove the toxicity
from the body and build up the general health-level of the
To undertake such a scheme of all round health-building treatment, the sufferer from menstrual
disorders should begin with an all-fruit diet for about five days. In this regimen, the patient should
have three meals a day of fresh, juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, papaya, oranges,
pineapple, peaches and melon. No other foodstuff should be taken; otherwise the value of the
whole treatment will be lost. However, if there is much weight loss on the all-fruit diet, those
already underweight may add a glass of milk to each fruit meal. During this period the bowels
should be cleansed daily with a warm water enema.
After the all-fruit diet, the sufferer should adopt a well- balanced diet on the following lines :
Upon rising :
A glass of lukewarm water mixed with the freshly squeezed juice of half a lime
and a spoon of honey.
Fresh fruits such as apple, orange, grapes, papaya, banana and milk.
A bowl of freshly prepared steamed vegetable such as carrot , cabbage, cauliflower,
swuash, and beans, two or three whole wheat chappatis.
A glass of carrot juice or sugarcane juice.
A large bowl of fresh green vegetable salad using all available vegetable such as
carrot, cabbage, cucumber, tomatoes, radish, red beets and onion and mung bean sprouts.
Bed-time snack :
A glass of fresh milk or an apple.
The diet factor is of the utmost importance. Fruits and salads ,nature's body-cleansing and
health-restoring foods, must form the bulk of the future diet alongwith whole grains, nuts and
seeds, especially in sprouted forms. Frequent small meals should be taken instead of few large
ones to prevent low blood sugar which is common during menstruation. The foods which should
be avoided in future are white-flour products, sugar, confectionery, rich cakes, pastries, sweets,
refined cereals, flesh foods, rich, heavy, or greasy foods, tinned or preserved foods, strong tea,
coffee, pickles, condiments and sauces. Smoking, if habitual, should be given up completely as
it aggravates menstrual disorders
A further short period on all -fruit , say two or three consecutive days can be undertaken at
monthly intervals, according to the need of the case. The morning dry friction and cold hip baths
should form a regular feature of the treatment. All cold baths should however , be suspended
during the menstrual period.
Certain remedies have been found useful in menstrual disorders
. Cooked banana flower eaten
with curd is one of the more important of such remedies. The banana flower appears to increase
hormone and reduce the bleeding.
Beet juice has been found very effective for menstrual disorders
. It should be used in small
quantities of 60 to 90 grams, at a time two or three times a day in these conditions.
Coriander seeds are highly beneficial in the treatment of excessive menstruation. Six gramsof
these seeds should be boiled in half a litre of water. It should be taken off the fire when only half
the water remains. Sugar candy should be added to it and the patient should drink it when it is
Ginger has been useful in menstrual disorders
. A piece of fresh ginger should be pounded and
boiled in a cupful of water for few minutes. The infection
sweetened with sugar should be used
thrice daily after meals as a medicine for dysmenorrhoea, and amenorrhoea due to exposure to
cold winds and taking cold baths.
Sesame seeds are also useful in menstrual disorders
. Half a teaspoonful of powder of these
seeds taken with hot water twice daily acts excellently in reducing spasmodic pain during
menstruation in young unmarried anaemic girls. Its regular use, two days prior to the expected
periods, cures scanty menstruation. Warm hip bath containing a handful of bruised sesame
seeds should be simultaneously taken alongwith this receipt.
Safflower seeds have also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of painful menstruation.
A decoction prepared by boiling two teaspoonfulsof powdered seeds in 120 ml. of water should
be given as a remedy for this condition. Dried flowers mixed with confection of rose can also be
given as a medicine for this purpose.