Health care for women

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Supplementing nutrients

The parturients should supplement the dietary nutrients, abstain from irritative foods and abuse of tonics. For example, in the case of scanty milk, the parturients may drink more fish soup, chicken soup, and soup of pig's trotters, etc. In the case of galactorrhea or hypogalactia, they should see a doctor.

Health care in daily life

The parturients should remain at ease in the mind, regular in daily life and a proper balance between work and rest. They should pay attention to contraception but should not take oral contraceptives to prevent the inhibition of milk secretion.

Being cautious of administration

Many drugs may enter milk by means of blood circulation in the feeding mothers. For instance, infantile diarrhea may result from the administration of large amount of Dahuang (Radix et Rhizoma Rhei). Besides, atropine, tetracycline, erythromycin, Phenobarbital and sulfa drugs can be all discharged from the feeding mothers' mammary glands. Infantile poisoning may result from prolonged or large amount of administration of these drugs. Therefore, the administration should be handled with caution.

Health care during the climacterium

Women enter the climacterium at the age of 45 to 50. During climacterium, imbalance of Yin and Yang occurs due to the gradual deficiency of the kidney Qi and deficiency of thoroiughfare vessel and conception vessel, giving rise to light headedness, headache, tinnitus, palpitation, insomnia, restlessness of the mind, irascibility or depression, menstrual disorder, fever, sweating, etc. These phenomena are called menopausal syndrome. The health measures at this stage are as follows.

Regulating emotions

Women should remain optimistic, open minded and self confident, actively adapt themselves to the various discomforts due to physiological changes.

Regulating the diet for recuperation

The women during climacterium suffer from profuse or scanty menstrual blood as well as short or prolonged menstrual cycle due to the gradual deficiency of the kidney Qi. As a result, they are susceptible to anemia. In this case, they can selectively eat high protein foods like egg, animal liver, lean meat and milk as well as vegetables and fruits such as spinach, rape, tomato, peach and orange to cure anemia. The patients with hypertension of hyperactive Yang type due to Yin deficiency may eat coarse food grain (including milk, ground maize, and oatmeal, etc), mushrooms, celery, apple, Chinese hawthorn, wild jujube, mulberry, and green tea, etc. They should eat less salt and abstain from drinking, coffee, strong tea, pepper and other irritative foods.

Regular physical examination

Women during climacterium are susceptible to genital tumor. If menstruation lasts more than ten days or profuse menstrual blood tends to cause anemia, the women should see a doctor. In the case of vaginal bleeding or profuse leukorrhe after menopause, the women should see a doctor in time to perform the relevant examination and timely treatment. Physical examination should be conducted in every half a year to every one year so as to discover the diseases as early as possible for early treatment. This includes cancer prevention.

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