“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” ~ Diane Mariechild ~
Yet, in contrast to this inspiring thought, women more often than men are afflicted with serious diseases such as: type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine headaches and depression.
Medicine can’t explain these gender differences because the participation of women in clinical trials was historically limited. Pharmaceutical research also for decades excluded women from trials developing new medicines because of the variability in hormonal status and the ethical-legal risks related to reproductive potential. Therefore, many pharmaceuticals commonly used to treat women have not been adequately tested on women.
Women’s Medicine traditionally focused on the reproductive phase of a woman’s life, only recently extending its interest to the post-menopausal phase, which constitutes on average1/3 of a woman’s life span. For a long time, menopause was considered a disease that required treatment using either synthetic or animal hormones. That approach led to years of confusion and misinformation (still unresolved) regarding the benefits and risks of hormonal replacement therapy.
However, women (more often than men) bring balance to their healthcare by utilizing the resources of alternative, holistic medicine to complement mainstream medicine.
This holistic strategy reflects women’s talent of intuition and the creativity of right-brain thinking. It demonstrates women’s self-healing power, willingness to listen to their bodies’ symptoms, to balance the care for others with self-care, responsibility and self-forgiveness. This strategy allows for more effective, empowered management of and recovery from chronic disease. Also, from that perspective, the postmenopausal phase of life becomes a meaningful, productive and enjoyable experience.
But a challenge for many women is that it is easier to express love to others than to themselves, easier to forgive others than to forgive themselves. Also, the linear thinking used for multitasking, while juggling the interests of family and work, does not contribute to an intuitive, balanced approach. Women have to resort to a deeper, quieter type of thinking where wisdom and intuition reside.
Many modalities of Mind-Body Medicine including biofeedback, introspection, mindfulness, focused relaxation (hypnosis) contribute to such an approach. They support women in reconnecting with the self-healing wisdom of their bodies that promotes recovery from diseases and allows to experience the joy and harmony in receiving the gifts of life’s seasons.