by Kidada N Fields, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Would you agree that emotions are powerful? Think of how your body feels when you are happy… Or sad. Chinese Medical theory states that emotions alone can cause dis-ease in the body. When it comes to uterine fibroids, this is no exception.
There is much research about surgical or drug therapy for the treatment of fibroids, adequate information about diet and far less about the emotional aspects of fibroids. Dr. Christiane Northrup, Caroline Myss, Ph.D., Queen Afua, Dr. Jewel Pookrum, Adela Rubio and others write about the relationship between myomas and stuck energy/emotions. Dr. Northrup states that a whole-foods diet puts fibroids to sleep, but does not cure the problem. “Energy blockages in the pelvis must be worked with and released,” she writes.
In Queen Afua’s book Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body Mind & Spirit she shares that all human life comes through the gateway of the womb. When it is honored it can be the seat of a woman’s creativity, power, beauty and joy. When it is ignored and unloved it births dis-ease. Not only is the uterus a holding place for a fetus, it is also capable of storing emotions and experiences.
Fibroids are viewed as blood stagnation in Chinese Medicine, which herbs and acupuncture can begin moving. However, stagnation of the blood is preceded by stagnant energy, ie. emotions. Thus therapies work best when a patient is proactive and does personal emotional work.
There are many modalities to support releasing emotions. Dr. Northrup recognizes the use of acupuncture, acupressure, herbs and massage to help move stuck energy in the pelvic area. I would add reiki, qi gong, tai chi and belly dance to this list. Often combining approaches is more effective.
Releasing unhealthy emotions is akin to peeling away the layers of an onion. Remember to be gentle, honest and steadfast, for the healing of your womb will birth a new you. Below are a few suggestions to help you on your journey. Adela Rubio also offers good advice in ‘Top Ten Tools for Healing Fibroids’.
Write. Writing can release, explore, and express. Write letters to your womb or from your womb to yourself. Allow yourself to feel the emotions that surface and cry or rant– whatever comes up. Baltimore writer, Malena Kai Bell, hosts profound writing workshops entitled ‘Reimagination: Healing Through Writing’.
Let go. Are you holding onto painful past experiences? Do you experience unresolved anger, fear, lack of self love, guilt, blame? Traumatic experiences can be difficult to deal with. Talk to a therapist, or someone you can trust. Work to learn how to stop suppressing them. Use flower essences and essential oils to help.
Visualize. Sit with mother earth. A Native medicine woman encourages women to wear a long skirt (with no underwear) and sit on the ground to release their woundedness into mother earth. Breathe into the earth via your yoni asking mother earth to heal you. Afterwards, visualize your womb space as a beautiful lotus flower, open and full of light.
Clear away unhealthy relationships. Learn how to recognize relationships that do not serve. Putting energy into a dead end relationship or job is feeding your fibroids according to Carolyn Myss. Know that there is no one way or path. There are options, the choice is yours.
Express yourself. Caroline Myss teaches that fibroids are the result of unexpressed creativity and unrealized self-expression. How are you holding yourself back?
You don’t have to do it alone. Call up your friends and family and create a support group. Schedule group healing sessions either face-to-face or over the phone. Protocols are out there to assist you. Christiane Northrup offers good wisdom in Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. Queen Afua’s Sacred Woman is another good resource. Know that you are not alone; you and your fibroids can be healed.
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