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Treating Common Conditions of the Reproductive System with Reflexology

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Treating Common Conditions of the Reproductive System with Reflexology. The reproductive systems should be broken down into male and female for the purposes of discussion. Male Main Function Production of sperm and impregnation. Functional Components Testes - glands producing sperm and testosterone Scrotum - sac of skin and muscle containing the testes Penis/urethra - passageway for urine and sperm Vas deferens - tube from the testes to the urethra Prostrate gland - gland which produces semen fluid Epididymus - stores and transports sperm Common Conditions Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is a fairly common cell growth abnormality, and is highly treatable if it is caught early. Chances of contracting it increase with levels of testosterone, race (african-american men are higher risk), high fat diets, age and vasectomy patients1. This type of cancer is classified in four stages: ==> Stage I - no detectable tumour unless surgery opens the area. Usually no symptoms at this point ==> Stage II - tumour detectable by physical exam or blood test. Some symptoms may occur at this stage ==> Stage III - Tumour begins to spread to soft tissues in surrounding area ==> Stage IV - Tumour spreads to lymph nodes, ...read more.

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Female Main Function Ovulation, menstruation, pregnancy and birth. Functional Components Uterus - prepares for pregnancy monthly, sheds lining if oocyte is unfertilised. If fertilised it provides a site for the embryo/fetus to grow during pregnancy Ovaries - glands producing oestrogen, progesterone and oocytes (eggs) Fallopian tubes - transports oocyte from ovaries to uterus. Is also a site for fertilisation to occur Common Conditions Endometriosis Endometriosis, according to the Merriam-webster dictionary, is 'the presence of functioning endometrial tissue in places where it does not belong'3. This misplaced tissue continues to respond to hormonal changes in the woman's body, so monthly it will become engorged with blood, and attempt to shed the blood and tissue when conception does not occur. As the blood and tissue have nowhere else to go, it builds up, becoming painful, and can lead to adhesions, lumps and lesions, which are also extremely painful in themselves. Even more dangerous is that when these tissues build up and start to go bad, they can turn cancerous. Figure 13 - taken from http://www.patient.co.uk/showdoc/Pilsinl/103.gif Endometriosis can be treated with Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRH-a), which reduces the amount of oestrogen in the body and prevents the release of oocytes. ...read more.

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For this reason the first assisting reflex I would rework would be the pituitary gland, to ensure that the function is not diminished and balance energy which would presumably be out of balance with the gonadatropic hormones being replaced and/or in conflict with manufactured chemicals. I would also work over the kidneys again to balance fluid retention and prevent adhesions in the area. With adhesions in mind I would also work over the intestines, which are a frequent site for them to build up. This may also help with the symptoms associated with bowel movements. Finally I would rework over the breast area. The breast can become very sore with menstruation, particularly if your hormones are out of balance, and this can be a common complaint that is generally overlooked as a 'minor' symptom. 1 American Cancer Society (2006) 'What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?' Available online from: <http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_2X_What_are_the_risk_factors_for_prostate_cancer_36.asp> 2 Blood in the urine 3 Lyons, T (MD) & Kimball, C (2003)'What To Do When The Doctor Says Its Endometriosis: Everything You Need to Know to Stop the Pain and Heal Your Fertility' Fair winds Publishers: Massachusetts 4 According to the JEMA report available from: <http://www.jemanet.org/05_action/index.html%20> ...read more.

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