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Is there a natural solution to the over-medicalisation of women?

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http://homeschooleconomics.com/apa-yg-zombies-dapat-ajarkan-berhubungan-download-pkv-games-login/ In this article, we want to explore whether it is best practice for drugs to be the first port of call in the natural evolution of women’s health from menarch, through the menstrual years and menopause? We know that over-medicalisation has many different causes. These include the current drug-based medical paradigm, under or over-diagnosis, a conservative risk base for disease reduction targets, patient demand for treatment and, over the last 30 years, a surge in medicalisation of preventable diseases. Despite being generally healthier and longer-lived than men, women especially fall victim to this phenomenon.

Molo The medicalisation of girls and women starts early in life; research shows that a third of teenagers taking the pill do so to treat menstrual cramps (Guttmacher Institute) rather than to prevent pregnancy. This is despite a Cochrane review (2001 Proctor et al) stating that ‘no conclusions can be made about the efficacy of commonly used modern lower dose combined oral contraceptives for dysmenorrhoea.’ More generally, 14% of women using the pill do so solely to treat dysmenorrhoea, acne or endometriosis.  Hormone treatments are associated with multiple side-effects – weight and mood changes, lowered libido, depression headaches, clotting risks – that may lead to further medication. These, coupled with the loss of the benefits of a natural menstrual cycle, beg the question ‘can we do anything better to help young women?’.

However it doesn’t stop there. The current menopause conversation shines a welcome light on the need for a better understanding of menopause. But the push for HRT within this conversation exemplifies this trend towards medicalisation. During menopause over a third of women take HRT for relieving the uncomfortable symptoms, despite it linked with a three-fold increase in the risk of breast cancer and more blood clots. The UK Health Service recommends minimal use of HRT but offers minimal other empowering solutions, even specifically stating that complementary solutions should not be sought.

Further over-medicalisation of women, is apparent in the fact that women are prescribed anti-depressants twice as much as men with no evidence that women are more depressed than men. Given that many of the health issues that arise during a woman’s life have the potential to be managed naturally, why are we medicating women before educating them with a clear understanding of their menstrual health, effective diet, lifestyle and natural herbal solutions? Surely there is benefit to the individual, the health system and society as a whole if a multi-dimensional approach is taken?

Sebastian Pole
I am a registered member of the Ayurvedic Professionals Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and a Fellow of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. I qualified as a herbalist with the aim of using the principles of Ayurveda (the ancient art of living wisely) and the Herbal tradition to help transform health. I have been in clinical practice since 1998.

Having co-founded Pukka Herbs in 2001 I have become experienced in organic herb growing, practitioner grade quality and sustainable value chains. I am a Trustee of the FairWild Foundation, a Director of The Betonica School of Herbal Medicine and an Advisor to The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and The Sustainable Herbs Project. Fluent in Hindi, a qualified Yoga therapist and passionate about projects with a higher purpose, I am on a mission to bring the incredible power of plants into people’s life. And that is why I started Herbal Reality and what it is all about.

I live in a forest garden farm in Somerset growing over 100 species of medicinal plants and trees. And a lot of weeds!

Author of Ayurvedic Medicine, The Principles of Traditional Practice (Elsevier 2006), A Pukka Life (Quadrille 2011), Celebrating 10 Pukka years (2012) and Cleanse, Nurture, Restore with Herbal Tea (Frances Lincoln 2016).

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