Heart :: Womb Connection

It's happened to you or a friend. An emotional trigger or trauma completely messes up your period. It's late, or comes way too early, maybe cramping is the worse you've ever experienced or maybe your period completely disappeared since the emotional onset. Why does this happen? And more importantly, is there something you can do to get back to your cyclic harmony? 

Your Heart is intimately connected to your Womb. In Chinese Medicine, there's a channel called the Bao Mai (The Uterus Vessel) that connects your heart to your uterus; a direct link!! This explains the profound influence of mental-emotional triggers of the Heart and it's affects on the Uterus. Basically a broken heart can break the connection of your Bao Mai!! And since we all process emotions differently, our experiences will be unique. Some of us respond with anger, some of us repress while others just sink deep in the grief. There are many passages in ancient texts that talk about how different emotions affect our uteri. 

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For example, The "Simple Questions" in chapter 33 says: "The Uterus Vessel pertains to the Heart and extends to the Uterus" and "When the period does not come it means the Uterus Vessel is obstructed".

Again, in "Simple Questions" chapter 44 says: "Sadness leads to severance of the Uterus Channel: when this is severed Yang Qi is agitated in the Interior and the Heart causes menorrhagia".

The "Secret Record of the Orchid Room" says: "Mental strain and stress weakens the Heart, Heart-Fire rises and the periods do not come".

Let's dig deeper, but first some definitions:
Shen - Spirit
Kidney Jing - The kidneys are home to our Jing; our essence (the most dense physical matter, similar to DNA). This is where are reserves are stored.
Tian Gui - Menstrual Blood aka Heavenly Water
Heart Yang - The warmth and movement potential of the Heart

Your heart houses Shen (your Spirit) and governs blood. It is said that the Heart Yang connects with the Kidney Jing in order to build (Tian Gui) menstrual blood, your heavenly water. So you can see that if something affects the energetics of your heart, it cannot carry out it's function of mutually binding with essence to build menstrual blood. Healthy menstruation and fertility is highly dependent on the state of your Heart as well as your Kidney Jing. 

Christine Taneil Canaday, LMFT talks about this intimate relationship in what she calls Moontime Mindset. She says "Moontime Mindset is a model of self-care for women acknowledging the natural relationship between emotional well-being and menstrual health." You often hear about how stress affects our health. Part of our health is our emotional well-being. When life gets especially overwhelming, I am all about getting the help you need. There is strength in reaching out for help. 

So how can we cycle back into harmony once our periods are affected? Here's some strategies:

1) Acknowledge the Emotion: Talk to yourself via a journal or talk to someone else (a friend, a therapist)
2) Heart/Womb Meditation: One hand over your Heart and the other over your Womb. Visualize the connection, focus on breath and sending love and free flow through the channel. Listening to music can help ease into the space.
3) Rely on your Rituals & Routines: The #1 thing you can do for your cycle harmony is to get back to normal routines and rituals. Your body, including your menstrual cycle thrives on rhythms. Start by looking at the moon phases, tracking your cycle and simply observing your states.
4) See your Acupuncturist & get on some herbs: Your acupuncturist has a way of seeing patterns. Because of this, they will know what can correct the pattern; with acu-points and herbal formulas. 

Caring for your Heart is Caring for Your Womb.

Be Well & In Health,
Kris