Genevieve has learned that according to the Mayan Culture, the woman’s first brain is her uterus. And if her uterus is tipped, tilted, displaced, prolapsed then the woman will be off balance somehow and in some way either physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.
And on a purely physical level, if I (Uta, Genevieve’s uterus) am tipped, tilted, displaced, prolapsed and I am trying to get menstrual blood out of me, I may have trouble. And the menstrual blood that is supposed to be shed has to go somewhere. It may go out the fallopian tubes and attach itself to the outside of internal reproductive or digestive organs, which western medicine calls endometriosis.
And if am tipped, tilted, displaced, prolapsed the endometrial lining may be reabsorbed into the uterine wall and thus causing adenomyosis and I become enlarged.
I believe I had adenomyosis, because at one point a nurse practitioner told Genevieve that I (Uta, Genevieve’s uterus) was enlarged and the size of a 3 month pregnant uterus. I bled profusely and had a lot of menstrual pain for many, many cycles. I was not a happy camper!
According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for adenomyosis include:
- Prior uterine surgery, such as a C-section or fibroid removal
- Middle age
Most cases of adenomyosis — which depends on estrogen — are found in women in their 40s and 50s. Adenomyosis in these women could relate to longer exposure to estrogen compared with that of younger women. However, current research suggests that the condition might be common in younger women.
If you often have prolonged, heavy bleeding during your periods, you can develop chronic anemia, which causes fatigue and other health problems.
Although not harmful, the pain and excessive bleeding associated with adenomyosis can disrupt your lifestyle. You might avoid activities you’ve enjoyed in the past because you’re in pain or you worry you might start bleeding.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the cause of adenomyosis isn’t known.
There have been many theories, including:
- Invasive tissue growth.Some experts believe that adenomyosis results from the direct invasion of endometrial cells from the lining of the uterus into the muscle that forms the uterine walls. Uterine incisions made during an operation such as a cesarean section (C-section) might promote the direct invasion of the endometrial cells into the wall of the uterus.
- Developmental origins.Other experts suspect that adenomyosis originates within the uterine muscle from endometrial tissue deposited there when the uterus first formed in the fetus.
- Uterine inflammation related to childbirth.Another theory suggests a link between adenomyosis and childbirth. Inflammation of the uterine lining during the postpartum period might cause a break in the normal boundary of cells that line the uterus. Surgical procedures on the uterus can have a similar effect.
- Stem cell origins.A recent theory proposes that bone marrow stem cells might invade the uterine muscle, causing adenomyosis.
Regardless of how adenomyosis develops, its growth depends on the circulating estrogen in women’s bodies.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Adenomyosis (ad-uh-no-my-O-sis) occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. The displaced tissue continues to act normally — thickening, breaking down and bleeding — during each menstrual cycle. An enlarged uterus and painful, heavy periods can result.
The cause of adenomyosis remains unknown, but the disease usually resolves after menopause. For women who have severe discomfort from adenomyosis, hormonal treatments can help. Removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) cures adenomyosis.
Sometimes, adenomyosis causes no signs or symptoms or only mild discomfort. However, adenomyosis can cause:
- Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding
- Severe cramping or sharp, knifelike pelvic pain during menstruation (dysmenorrhea)
- Chronic pelvic pain
Your uterus might get bigger. Although you might not know if your uterus is enlarged, you may notice that your lower abdomen feels tender or causes pelvic pressure.
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Uta, Genevieve’s Uterus speaking….Often, in the morning Genevieve asks the Divine a question or what she and I need to help us. To receive her answer, she either pulls an Animal Spirit card, Goddess card, or Mind Body Makeover card. She then presents it as…
And today she asked me and the Divine, “Who will assist me in healing my heart and womb (me, Uta)?”
My relationships are true partnerships; I give as much as I get back; I am able to give birth to my creativity in a way in which I get a healthy level of recognition and compensation.
~Mona Lisa Mind Body Makeover card
At Home Instructions:
- One pound of fresh un-peeled ginger root
- One gallon of spring water (or tap water is fine)
- 5 quart pot with lid
- Cheesecloth, or other natural fiber cloth, to make a bag of grated ginger.
- Old blanket
- 2 large cotton bath towels
- 2 cotton hand towels
- 1 pair of thick rubber gloves, if you have sensitive hands (the water will be hot)
- Crockpot or electric hot plate (if no additional warming is needed, a trivet/towel to place the hot pot of water on)
- A partner (it can be done without a partner, but it makes it much easier and enjoyable)
The treatment is best done on an empty stomach, either an hour before you eat or two hours after you eat. It can be done at any time of day. However, a practical tip is to do the first treatment just before you go to bed, and once you have done it, leave all the materials where they are. First thing in the morning, reheat the ginger water pot, making sure you do not actually boil the water, and you can do the treatment again. Thus, if you do it this way, you can do two treatments using the same ginger water.
Another point is that if you use a gallon container, once you have followed the instructions, the ginger water should retain its heat long enough to do at least two treatments. If you want to ensure the ginger water remains hot, obtain a hot plate you can plug into an electrical outlet near the place you choose to do the treatment, and place the pot of ginger water on it after you have made it. Or you can use a crock pot on a low setting to keep it warm and next to your treatment area.
Set up treatment area-
- find a comfortable place for you to lie down
- Lay the old blanket down and place large cotton towel folded in half in the middle of the area. You will be lying face down with your abdominal area on the towel.
- If you are using a crock pot or electric hot plate, make sure your treatment area is near an electrical outlet and the crockpot is within arm’s reach.
- Place one hand towel by the crock pot within arm’s reach.
- The second hand towel will be going into the ginger water.
- You or the person receiving the compress may want to wear loose warm comfortable clothing.
Preparing the Ginger-
- Place the pot of water on the stove on high heat, cover with lid and bring the water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, grate the unpeeled ginger root using a fine-tooth grater until you have approximately a 1/4 cup; the easiest way to ensure you do not lose any ginger juice is to drape the piece of cloth you are using to wrap the ginger over a bowl and grate the ginger onto the cloth in the bowl.
- When you have grated enough ginger, bring the four corners of the cloth together to enclose the grated ginger, twirl it to make a neck and wrap a rubber band around the neck to hold it together. Any overflow of ginger juice will then gather in the bottom of the bowl.
- By now the water in the pot will be near to boiling.
- Then, and this the MOST IMPORTANT POINT, once the water has boiled, switch your heat source off and let the water settle.
- Then you take the bag of grated ginger, squeeze the ginger juice into the hot water, throw the bag into the pot, and if there is any ginger juice in the bowl, pour that in too.
- Next, either put the pot of hot ginger juice water on a hot plate or pour into a crock pot near your treatment area.
- Place one of the cloth towels in the pot of hot ginger water and let it soak for a minute or two, with the lid on the container. If you are using a crockpot, put on the lid and put crockpot setting on low.
- Tip – if you do not want to wear gloves, then only place the center of the towel in the water and let the ends hang out of the pot, so they stay dry and cool.
You are now ready to do the compress!
- Lie face down with your abdominal area on the towel and lift the back of your shirt to expose the kidneys.
- Then, keeping mindful of the heat, your partner or you will remove the lid of the pot and place it on the floor.
- Pick up the ginger towel that’s in the pot (if you doing this by yourself you will need to sit up to do this) and wring out the excess liquid back into the ginger water in the pot. This is where having gloves helps.
- Place the 2nd hand towel in the pot in preparation for the continuous ginger compress, and then replace the lid to keep the heat in.
- Take the wrung out ginger towel, open it up so it is flat, and raise and lower the ginger towel over the lower back (kidney area) close to but not actually touching the skin to begin with, until you can take it as hot as you can stand it leaving it directly on the skin.
- After you have placed the hot ginger towel on the skin, cover it with the bath towel to keep the heat in.
- After two to four minutes the hot ginger towel will start to cool down. Then, lift the dry bath towel and remove the ginger towel.
- Put the dry bath towel over the back to keep it warm, and place the wet ginger towel to the side.
- Remove the lid from the ginger water container and take out the second ginger towel, being mindful of the heat.
- Thoroughly wring the excess ginger water out of the towel back into the container.
- Put the used hand towel back into the heating unit.
- Replace the lid and repeat the procedure as for the first ginger towel.
- Alternate the two towels for approximately ½ hour.
- This constitutes one treatment.
Now, just enjoy the benefits of tonified kidneys, better sleep and more revitalized energy in the morning!
The Ginger Compress Treatment is a naturopathic herbal remedy that has been used for centuries to dissolve stagnation and tension, melt blockages, and to naturally stimulate blood circulation and energy flow. It is used to restore the functioning of the adrenal glands, and also helps to generate a deep and restful sleep and to break bouts of insomnia. It helps to release tension, promote the elimination of toxins, and to strengthen and tone the internal organs.
The Treatment uses fresh ginger in water that is warmed and applied on a specific region of the body. An area of the body that especially benefits from a Ginger Compress Treatment is the kidneys. Because the kidneys eliminate up to 60% of our body’s fluids and toxins, if our kidneys are not working as well as they should, our body will store fluids where it is not healthy. A Ginger Compress Treatment will help your kidneys to regain their natural balance and function.
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