I've suffered from intense menstrual cramps since I was 15 years old. Some memories of my childhood include spending most of the school day curled up on a cot in the nurse's office with a heating pad, as I fell in and out of sleep. I can also remember lying on the bathroom floor at home while my mother was at work, in an unspeakable amount of pain, trying my best to use the cold tile floor to bring down my body temp, so I wouldn't vomit again. Eventually I learned to temper the most severe symptoms with a combination of ibuprofen and a heating pad, but I always silently resented having to deal with the process every month.
When I started my research on how the body heals itself, I studied people in the raw food world, and not only did I discover stories of amazing healings from diet change, but I came across women who experienced minimal periods (yet were still fertile) and women who no longer had menstrual cramps after converting to raw food. It opened up my mind to viewing menstrual cramps as a result of imbalance within the body, as opposed to it being a natural process, or just part of being a woman, as I had been told so many times early on in life.
In 2010, I decided to detox my body with raw foods and herbs to deal with a long list of health issues I was experiencing. I had absolutely no expectation regarding my monthly cramps, as that was considered normal and the tumor growing on the back of my neck was not. I ate a 80% raw food diet and took a large amount of various herbal capsules and tinctures on an off for about 9 months, and towards the end started riding my bike a couple of times during the week. At that point, and to my amazement, 85% of my health issues were gone, including my menstrual cramps. I spent 6 months or so cramp-free before they returned at a mild level.
By 2016, my cramps had returned to a level that I hadn't experienced since my childhood. I was under a lot of stress in all areas of my life and my diet was horrible. I didn't take my ibuprofen in time last summer and there I was writhing on the bathroom floor again, angry, and pleading with the Universe to take the pain away. I decided to have a new Cyberscan analysis done during the fall of last year and on the top of my list of alternative healing therapy recommendations was obtaining acupuncture for my gallbladder meridian.
The liver and gallbladder are closely associated organs and in Traditional Chinese Medicine, liver chi is often deemed to be the energy responsible for kicking off the ovulation and menstrual cycle process. Any disruptions in this flow of energy, can contribute to irregular period cycles, reproductive health issues, infertility, etc. Looking at the energy pathway of the woman's "gallbladder meridian" in the picture, you'll see it moves directly through area of the body where the female reproductive organs. In order for cells of the various body parts on this energy pathway to stay healthy, the energy must be allowed to flow, without distortion or restriction.
I had tried acupuncture a couple of times almost 10 years ago to manage my chronic sinus and allergy symptoms, but stopped going because I couldn't stand needles! However, I overcame my aversion to needles, and visited an acupuncturist, told her that I'd like to focus mostly on my gallbladder energy points, even though her initial assessment of my symptoms didn't point to the gallbladder. After the session, the pain level of my menstrual cramps since then has gone from an 8 to a 2 and remained there for the past 5 months, without any diet change, detox herbs, or a follow up session. My conclusion is that my previous detox had cleansed and restored energetic balance to many different parts of my body, including my liver and gallbladder, and the disappearance of my cramps the first time was a side effect of that. But now I was able to pinpoint the root cause more precisely, due to my Cyberscan analysis.
I feel empowered that I've shown myself twice through personal experience, that menstrual cramps are not simply a price women have to pay for being female, and that this condition has a solution through alternative healing methods.* I am excited to share this information with women and also continue to utilize energy medicine technology to better understand the root cause of menstrual cramps which alternative healing therapies will bring balance back to the body most efficiently. For some women, the best recommendation for their unique energy field, might be to do a detox, or use castor oil packs on their reproductive organs, or increase circulation through a particular exercise technique, or to meditate to reduce negative emotions disrupting energy flow to the liver and gallbladder.
In my opinion, that's the beauty of the precision medicine movement, as it gives us alternatives and allows us to be smarter about how we practice health and take action towards healing our bodies.
*Results not typical. Individual results will vary.
LaShanda is a Holistic Health Educator, specializing in alternative healing methods. She uses bioenergetic testing and advanced biofeedback technologies to help people understand the physical and emotional root causes of their health issues, as well as to provide customized healing solutions that are a vibrational match to a person’s unique energy field. She offers Cyberscan consulting services and reports to clients all over the world, via hair sample submission.