Shiatsu Massage: Massage Treatment in PMS and Menopause

Shiatsu Massage Treatment of PMS

Diagnosis of PMS

Premenstrual syndrome is a western view of a common gynaecological problem. Syndrome means it is a group of signs and symptoms which typically occur together but for which there is no satisfactory explanation or known cause. However, shiatsu massage and TCM not only recognize this group of symptoms as a particular pattern of energy imbalance called liver energy stagnation, but also defines an aetiology for it, namely emotional stress as well as a treatment based on meridian theory.

From a western medical point of view, the diagnosis of PMS is problematic. Over 150 symptoms have been isolated but there is no agreement on these and no definitive tests to confirm diagnosis. To further complicate diagnosis, many of the symptoms are psychological. To rule out the possibility that the symptoms are psychological or psychiatric in nature as well as rule out the risk of misdiagnosis and mistreatment, the symptoms must be restricted to the second half or luteal phase of the cycle. As there is no significant difference in hormone levels between women with and without PMS, PMS seems to be due not to an hormonal imbalance but to a reaction to normal hormonal changes during the cycle.

Symptoms

Psychological and Behavioural Symptoms

  • Depression and mood swings
  • Weepiness or feeling low
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Tense or uneasy
  • Irritability and aggression
  • Poor co-ordination and clumsiness
  • Easily distracted
  • Changed interest in sex
  • Altered sleep patterns
  • Food cravings
  • Emotional lability

Physical Symptoms

  • Breast and nipple distention and tenderness
  • Feeling bloated or swollen
  • Face, abdomen or fingers becoming puffy
  • Gaining weight
  • Headaches
  • Changes in appetite
  • Skin changes or acne
  • Diarrhoea, constipation or swinging between the two
  • Joint and muscle pain or stiffness
  • Aches and pains, particularly backache
  • Stomach pain and cramping
  • Migraine, epilepsy, rhinitis, urticaria or asthma becoming aggravated

As shiatsu massage alleviates stress and harmonizes both body and emotions, it treats liver energy stagnation and the gynaecological problems issuing from it.

Shiatsu Massage Treatment of Menopause

Shiatsu massage can help with the unpleasant symptoms related to premature menopause (premature ovarian failure or POF), perimenopause or menopause. The main pattern of imbalance here is liver blood-kidney yin deficiency. However, as there are several patterns of imbalance giving rise to menopausal symptoms, a number of different symptoms can be experienced such as hot flushes, sweating sleep disturbances, increased risk of heart disease and stroke, osteoporosis, thinning of skin, vaginal dryness, changes in the intensity of orgasms and libido, painful intercourse and having to empty the bladder more frequently.

Shiatsu massage practice is based on the oriental medical principle that mind and body is regulated by energy flowing along a network of meridians. According to this principle, the energy responsible for the functioning of mind and body flows through these meridians and a person becomes unwell once this natural flow of energy is disturbed. If this natural flow is restored, then the natural healing power of the body returns the person to good health.

These disruptions may stem from emotional factors, climate, lifestyle or other causes including stress, the presence of impurities in the environment or the body and physical trauma. These disturbances follow well-known patterns and can be corrected during shiatsu massage by applying pressure along the meridians with an emphasis at relevant pressure points. As there are patterns of imbalance associated with menopause, these patterns can be treated with shiatsu massage which will help alleviate the menopausal symptoms. Herbal therapy can also be combined with the shiatsu massage treatment to strengthen its effectiveness.

Von Willebrand Disease Treatment – Orthodox Medicine

von Willebrand disease Treatment (VWD) is based on the type of VWD and the severity of symptoms.

The aim of therapy is to correct the acquired clotting problem. This is mostly and usually accomplished by raising the levels of VWF (von Willebrand factor) and factor VIII (another protein in the bloodstream).

Most cases of VWD are mild, so you may need treatment only if you have planned or abnormal conditions such as minor surgery procedures, tooth extractions, or after an accident.

If your condition does require treatment, there are several options and medicaments available.

DDAVP® {Desmopressin acetate} Injection

This medicine is nothing but a modified synthetic copy of vasopressin (a natural hormone), which works by assisting the body to release stored VWF into the bloodstream side by side by increasing the levels of factor VIII.

Side effects may include:

-local injection (site reactions),

-facial flushing,

-headache

-changes in blood pressure.

It is mostly given to patients as an infusion (by means of injection into a vein), but it can also be given subcutaneously (injected under the skin).

Stimate® (Desmopressin acetate) Nasal Spray 1.5 mg/ml

Stimate® (Desmopressin acetate) in the form of Nasal Spray 1.5 mg/ml is another type of Desmopressin, made as a high concentrate nasal spray.

Plusses:

– It can be used easily without the need of help like injections.

Stimate usage is recommended for people with mild or moderate Type 1 VWD.

Common side effects:

-facial flushing

-headache

Note that Desmopressin nasal spray is fabricated in two forms:

-low concentrate

-high concentrate

Low concentrate nasal spray is used to treat:

– diabetes insipidus

-bed wetting diseases

High concentrate nasal spray is aimed for von Willebrand disease Treatment

Factor replacement therapies – Factor Concentrates

Factor replacement therapies are medicaments given to replace the missing VWF in patients with VWD.

There are two kinds of replacement therapy:

-factor concentrates containing VWF, (preferred for von Willebrand disease Treatment because they are treated to kill any possible viral infection)

-cryoprecipitate.

Both Factor Concentrates are derived from fresh plasma and are set to be given by infusion.

Humate-P®

Humate-P® the Antihemophilic Factor/von Willebrand Factor Complex (Human). Is the only VWF concentrate approved in the United States for von Willebrand disease Treatment (it is used for all types of von Willebrand disease),

Humate-P is effective for most if not all bleeding episodes in all types of von Willebrand disease.

Usage:

-Humate-P is taken by injection. (Home infusion).

Antifibrinolytics (Local clotting agents)

Typical local clotting agents, or antifibrinolytics, usually taken as an injection or via oral tract (by mouth) (tablet, capsule, mouthwash or elixir).

Role:

They help protect clots and hold them in place (anti burst action) thus they help evacuate the reasons of thrombosis i.e. they decrease the possibilities of brain insults, heart attacks…

Usage:

antifibrinolytics can be used to stop bleeding in many circumstances and specially those related to digestive system problems, bleedings from mouth, nose, or gastrointestinal tract.

They are highly used to help control heavy bleeding during the menstrual period.

Oral contraceptive pills (Birth control pills)

OCP, Birth control pills, or oral contraceptives, can increase the levels of VWF, by affecting the glandular system as a whole, side by side by affecting the tonus of the white muscles and their mighty role in powering the immune system and fighting hypertension, though they increase the risk of clotting, and is not favored in women with hypotension or thrombolytic diseases

Oral contraceptive pills should be used with the supervision of a doctor specially when it is taken for von Willebrand disease Treatment.

Oral contraceptives are very useful for women with HMB syndrome (heavy menstrual bleeding syndrome).

A Unique Herbal Treatment For Equine Respiratory Disease

Sport and performance horses are extremely susceptible to lung disease. Even seemingly healthy horses are frequently affected. Studies have shown that 90-100% of sport horses tested have evidence of damage to their airways that can lead to Equine Reactive Airway Disease (RAD, also called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD)–a serious and career-ending condition. The first (and often only) early sign is decreased performance.

Herbs can be a safe, effective way to both prevent and treat Equine RAD/COPD. In fact, many herbs would help with some of the symptoms of this disease. For instance, Yarrow is often used for upper respiratory complaints.

Properties of the ideal herb for preventing and treating RAD/COPD would include:

  • Antioxidant, to reduce inflammation-causing molecules in the body that contribute to asthma
  • Antifungal, to inhibit mold particles that commonly cause respiratory disease in horses
  • Immune-modulating, to decrease the over-reactive immune response to allergens
  • Anti-inflammatory, to protect the lungs from the harmful effects of chronic inflammation
  • Free from heavy metal contamination, to prevent toxic build-up
  • Contain no substance prohibited by equine sports regulatory bodies such as USEF or racing commissions

Funtumia elastica is a medium-sized African rubber tree; its bark has a long history of use for respiratory complaints. Funtumia has important antioxidant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic properties. It has no known toxicity, and is not barred by any equine sport governing body.

Natural compounds found in Funtumia include:

Anthocyanins: plant pigments that give berries their color (such as blueberries, blackberries, and cherries). Anthocyanins have been called “the mother lode in a gold mine of antioxidants.” Anthocyanins have shown specific benefit in reducing immune-stimulated inflammation, and are thought to be valuable in preventing the development of asthma.

Flavonoids: Vitamin C is the most familiar member of this class of plant-derived antioxidant compounds. Flavonoids are useful in both preventing and treating COPD, asthma, and other chronic lung diseases.

Plant sterols: natural plant steroids are safer than synthetic steroid drugs like prednisone and dexamethasone. Phytosterols have immuno-modulating effects–normalizing an over-reactive antibody response–as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Natural anti-fungals: Funtumia specifically inhibits growth of many molds, including Aspergillus, which is commonly associated with equine respiratory disease.

Tannins: These compounds have shown promise in the treatment of allergic inflammation and asthma.

Funtumia has demonstrated excellent safety (low toxicity) in multiple laboratory experiments, and has tested negative for heavy metals including cadmium, zinc, lead, chromium, and nickel. It does not contain any substances that are prohibited by any equine sport authority.

Preventing equine respiratory disease is easier—and smarter—than trying to treat established disease. Excellent hygiene, clean feeds, fresh air, and preventive therbal therapy could make all the difference for your horse.