The Liver, and Its Impact on Our Cycle

The uterus isn’t the only organ involved in menstruation.

Our body is interconnected.

The liver plays a vital role in our menstrual health, and when utilized and cared for, our experience with our cycle may be enhanced.

The liver’s role in the body is to purify blood, and detoxify our hormones. From this organ, blood is cleansed, and is then released to be circulated throughout the body.

The liver’s energy path flows from our big toe, up and around the inner leg to our reproductive organs, then across our abdomen and ribcage, to the breasts.

When blockages form in this path, stagnation occurs. If the liver is inactive, hormonal imbalance, strong PMS symptoms, and menstrual/ovulatory pain will begin to take hold.

What Causes Stagnation in the Liver?

Liver blockage, or stagnation, may be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Severe blood loss
  • Regular use of pharmaceutical drugs
  • Irregular oral intake (over/under eating)
  • Overeating heavily processed, and/or inflammatory foods
  • Lack of exercise and physical movement
  • Excessive screen time (phones, TVs, laptops, etc)
  • Repressed or withheld emotions
  • Prolonged stress

Signs of a Stagnated Liver during Menstruation

The signs of a stagnated liver are quite similar to that of the classic PMS symptoms, as many are actually caused by this disruption, and not our cycle.

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Abdominal pain/cramps
  • Pain in the vulva region
  • Tender breasts
  • Irregular bleeds (stopping and starting at intervals, heavy and then light, etc)
  • Thick, dark menstrual blood
  • Clots in the menstrual blood
  • Irritability
  • Lack of focus

Other Signs of Liver Stagnation

  • Red edges around the tongue
  • Feeling a constant lump in the throat
  • Having the urge to sigh often

How to Heal Your Liver

Heal Through Food

The most prominent factor that dictates our mental health, physical mobility, and personal initiative, is what we eat. Monitoring your intake of caffeine, stimulant sugars, hormonally dense foods, and heavily processed foods will greatly improve you, and your liver’s health.

Medicinal Foods for The Liver:

  • Dark, leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Herbs (mint, basil, etc)
  • Spices (turmeric, cumin, etc)
  • Kombucha

Be Active

Get moving. Whether it be a full fledged workout routine, a run, or a simple walk around the home/office, moving your body intentionally, at least once a day, is one of the most healing acts you may commit to.

Intuitive stretching, or yoga, is particularly wonderful for relieving both physical and internal blockages. Broaden your horizons, and move outside of your comfort zone. Do what feels right for you. If you need some guidance, there are some specific moves for the liver listed below.

Yoga Poses for the Liver:

  • Sphinx
  • Cobra
  • Upward-Facing Dog
  • Downward-Facing Dog
  • Garland Pose (try extending your feet and standing on your toes, too!)
  • Gate Pose
  • Cow Pose
  • Cat Pose
  • Bridge Pose
  • Upward Bow

These poses are order as a flow, so you can easily transition from one to the other.

Initiate Emotional Freedom

Remove the restrictions and boundaries you have set in place, and open yourself to your unique capability of emotional understanding. Be honest with yourself about what you feel, and why you feel it. But most importantly, allow yourself to feel it. Know that there is no shame in getting to know your emotions. Relinquish the ideal that these feelings make you weak, and instead, utilize them as a source of power.

When you know yourself, you can know anything.

By healing one part of our body, we in turn heal much, much more of it. Being mindful of the inner-connectivity we all contain is the first step to creating a nourishing environment for ourself. Allow yourself to notice, and aspire to be better. Your body will thank you.

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