This sling or hammock of muscle stretches from the pubic bone to the coccyx (tailbone), forming the floor of the pelvic area and supporting the bladder, rectum and (in women) the vagina and uterus.
When this muscle gets too slack and flabby as you get older or after childbirth, your pelvic organs can sag (prolapse) and you might experience problems such as stress incontinence (leaking of urine if you laugh or cough — see Bladder) and constipation. If the vagina becomes loose and weak it can lead to less sensation during sexual intercourse, and it may allow the bladder to sagdownwards, creating an increased risk of urinary infection.
Whatever age you are, you can tone up your pelvic floor muscles with simple exercises, sometimes called Kegel exercises, which you can do anywhere — in the office, on the phone, in a movie, waiting for a bus — wherever. No one will notice a thing. First get the feeling of which muscles they are, by concentrating on trying to stop the flow intermittently when urinating. You may not be able to do this completely, but the aim at this stage is just to feel the pelvic floor muscles working.
Once you can identify the muscles, you’re ready to start exercising. Tighten up the whole pelvic floor and hold for around three seconds, then relax for three seconds. Repeat five or six times. You should try and do at least 10 sets of these exercises a day — preferably more like 20. But don’t do too much too fast — work up to it gradually.
A bladder sign is typically found in the fourth minor zone—the muscle zone, in the right iris at 22′, and in the left iris at 37′.
Bladder signs in the right iris are of organic origin and usually hereditary. Those in the left iris arise from infection. With bladder signs in the right iris one should give attention to signs in the ear areas, following the rule: Forefathers with bladder troubles—children with ear troubles. Children having dark bladder signs in the right iris are usually found to have signs in the ear area. Such children tend towards aural disturbances.
In the case of bladder signs in the left iris, look for an aortic sign. If both areas—bladder and aorta—are indicated, then consider the possibility of luetic infection. In such a case a heart sign is usually found as well.
1. Cystitis: inflammation of the bladder: shows white wisps, clouds or lines in the bladder area, or also a dark sign with a surrounding white border. If cramp occurs with bladder troubles (vesical spasm), then the appropriate area will show interrupted cramp-rings
(contraction rings = nerve rings).
2. Atony of the bladder: is a muscular weakness and shows as dark oval lacunae or dark wisp signs in the fourth minor zone (muscle zone) of the bladder area.
3. Cystic paralysis—danger of: is indicated by an extension of this weakness-sign (lacuna) out over the fifth minor zone.
Skin. Skin is the largest organ in our body. We tend to underestimate its function in the metabolism process and in particular its excretion capacity. When we sweat, glands in our skin expel toxic waste, which usually does not smell nice. We should clean the skin from such waste, because it clogs the skin, reducing its capacity to excrete more toxins. However, we should be careful which cleaning agents (solvents !) we use, because the skin also has the ability to absorb substances into our body. Techniques to accelerate skin excretion (sweating) are for example the sauna and moderate exercise
Bowel. By weight, most of the solid waste leaves our body here. So any improvement in the rate of detoxification should definitely start here. Colonic or even a simple enema can relieve your body from many kilograms of toxic waste, you should not be attached to at all.
Urinary system. Most of the liquid or water soluble waste leaves our body through the urinary system. How can we improve here ? Drinking a lot (2-5 litres) of pure water a day will make a great impact on the fluid exchange processes in our body, enabling improved flushing of unwanted waste. After all, our body is 75% water and our brain is 90% water. Pure water (in contrast to water polluted with chlorine, fluoride pesticides and other nasties) is necessary to the process of proper fluid exchange.
We will discuss only natural detoxification methods here. By natural I mean methods of assisting and/or enhancing the natural cleansing mechanisms the body already uses every day .
Let us consider some of the organs which are responsible for the excretion of the toxic waste from our body, and see how we can assist in this process.,
Lungs. All our blood passes through the net of blood vessels in the lungs and is oxygenated. This process provides oxygen, necessary to the process of extracting energy from our food. Using this oxygen our body is able to oxygenate (burn) food as well as toxins. Excretion is achieved by exhaling carbon dioxide together with other (sometimes quite aromatic) gases. How can we assist ? Surely lots of clean fresh air would make a difference. Improved breathing techniques could also help. According to the teachings of yoga our breathing should be quite slow and contain four distinct phases: slow inhaling, a wait period, slow exhaling and another wait period. For some people it happens so naturally, that they do not pay attention to it. However it is possible to acquire bad habits, in which case some breathing exercises may help. For instructions regarding breathing technique, look up the books “The oxygen breakthrough” or
“Oxygen therapies” or read a book about yoga.
(a) Nose—Left iris 52′, right iris 8′ approx.
(b) Throat and larynx—Left iris 45′-47′, right iris l3′-15′.
(c) Trachea—Right iris 12′-14′ only.
(d) Bronchi—Left iris 15′-17′, right iris 43′-45′.
(e) Lungs—Left iris 10′-15′, right iris 45′-50′ respectively, from the muscle zone outwards.
(f) Pleurae—Left iris and right iris, 15′-19′, 41′-45′- (Strictly speaking, the pleurae do not belong to the respiratory organs, but as is well known, are often disturbed together with the lungs, thus requiring them to be mentioned here.)
1. Inflammation of the upper respiratory passages ((a) to (c)): as may occur especially in the form of mucous membrane catarrh following chill—shows as white flakes or clouds in the specified areas. White wisps, running outwards to the iris margin, indicate an acute catarrhal discharge.
2. Chronic catarrh of the upper respiratory organs: is shown by dark grey wisp-signs.
3. Lacunae = weakness-signs: in the area for the upper respiratory passages, indicate a weakness of these organs and permanent catarrhal tendencies. More important than the signs in the areas for the upper respiratory passages are those which show in the area for bronchi, lungs and pleurae.
The bronchi very often became involved together with disturbances of the upper respiratory organ, in which case, the signs described above are also found in the bronchial areas.
The tense or anxious woman is commonly frigid. There is a loss of both sexual desire and sexual response. There may even be a kind of negative response so that the muscles go into spasm, making intercourse difficult or impossible. On the one hand, the anxious apprehension makes the free flow of emotion impossible; and on the other hand, the muscle tension prevents physical relaxation.
It is important to remember that the anxiety which causes frigidity may arise either from sexual conflicts or from conflicts far removed from the sexual area. Thus the anxiety of a woman who fears that she may become pregnant is likely to inhibit her sexual response and she comes to be frigid. On the other hand, a similar response may result from tension arising from conflicts at work.
Everyone knows that frigidity may be caused simply by loss of affection. If a husband is jealous or suspicious by nature, and if his wife becomes frigid, he is likely to interpret her frigidity as evidence that she has taken a lover or at least is looking elsewhere. This may happen even though the frigidity is due to anxiety from quite innocent causes. Frigidity develops between husband and wife; there is increased tension and the frigidity is so much the worse. Fearful lest this type of situation develop, many anxious and frigid women pretend to experience those feelings which are in fact so far from them.
Neuralgia is the pain which originates from a nerve and is felt in the part of the body which is served by that nerve, even though the problem may not be at that site. It is often the result of infection or damage of the nerve. Neuralgia may even be felt in an amputated limb, because of severed nerves: this is known as ‘phantom pain’. Often neuralgia will clear up without treatment. Some forms of neuralgia do however, require attention. These include trigeminal neuralgia, which affects the facial nerve and sciatica, where spinal nerves become trapped between vertebrae.
Aromatherapy may be helpful in treating neuralgia. Two drops of cloves, one of basil and one of eucalpyptus should be blended with a tablespoon of a carrier oil and applied when needed.
Acupressure is particularly effective in the case of trigeminal neuralgia. Every half hour, points on the face should be pressed lightly for a period of 5-10 minutes. Pressure should be applied downwards with the index fingers close to the corners of the mouth, or inwards, using the index finger, at the inner end of the eyebrow on the side of the face which is affected.
Fresh chopped or grated horseradish mixed with a little water and applied as a compress may also relieve neuralgic pain.
An inflammation of the kidneys is known as nephritis. The inflammation may have a number of sources and appear at different sites.
Glomerulonephritis is an inflammation of the networks of capillaries which begin to filter waste from the blood as it enters each of the kidneys. This is characterised by proteins and sometimes blood in the urine. There may also be fluid retention resulting in swelling around the eyes and the ankles. Bed rest, restriction of salts and fluids and sometimes antibiotics are prescribed by medical practitioners.
Another kidney inflammation is pyelonephritis which is usually the result of a bacterial infection. An obstruction in the urinary tract, causing stagnation of urine, is sometimes a cause. Bacteria being transferred from the rectum to the urinary tract is another source of infection. The small of the back often becomes tender as a result of infection in the kidneys.
Failure to treat infections of the kidney adequately can lead to chronic conditions like nephritis and, in some cases, to kidney failure. It is therefore extremely important that adequate information from orthodox medical sources is obtained before deciding on an alternative therapy.
Acupuncture, moxibustion and acupressure may all be applied for kidney problems. Herbal diuretics, such as nettles, can help flush out the urinary system and many practitioners will advise drinking plenty of water.
This form of resuscitation is also known as EAR (expired air resuscitation). It is used in first aid where the subject has stopped breathing. The technique is taught in practical first aid courses such as that which is offered by St John Ambulance Australia. The following description is a guide only. It is recommended that a first aid course be taken to learn techniques such as EAR and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
After establishing that the subject is not breathing, turn onto the back and kneel beside the subject, keeping her or his head tilted back. With one hand pinch the nostrils between your fingers. Use the other hands to lift the jaw forward. Open your mouth wide and take a deep breath, then place your mouth firmly over that of the subject, making an airtight seal, and breathe into the subject’s mouth. Remove your mouth and turn your head towards the subjects chest. Listen for exhaled air and observe whether the chest falls. If there is no exhalation make sure the head is tilted back and check for foreign objects in the airway, removing any obstructions if necessary. Breathe into the subject’s mouth again, giving five full breaths in 10 seconds, then check the pulse in the neck for 5 seconds, placing the ends of your fingers (not thumbs or fingertips) in the groove behind the Adam’s apple on one side only. If pulse is present continue EAR at the rate of 15 breaths per minute. If there is no pulse CPR will be required.
Morning sickness is characterised by nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It usually occurs during the early months. About 60% of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness at some stage of their pregnancies, and some actually vomit. Morning sickness is most common between weeks 5 and 8 of pregnancy, but can persist to week 16.
Morning sickness gained its name because the most common symptom is a feeling of nausea upon arising. There are no established causes of the illness, although many believe that hunger makes a significant contribution. Metabolic changes resulting from pregnancy have also been suggested as causal factors. In unusual cases pernicious vomiting can develop in pregnancy and should not be confused with the relatively mild symptoms of morning sickness. Although this affects only one woman in 200, it can cause dehydration and weight loss and treatment for it must be sought.
The treatment of morning sickness involves a number of approaches. A cup of tea and a slice of toast eaten in bed before arising is sufficient to allay the symptoms in many women. Peppermint or raspberry tea are also recommended. Raspberry tablets can be substituted if preferred. Most effective of all is ginger, either fresh or in tablet form, but it should not be taken in the last few months of pregnancy as it may cause colic in the unborn child.