Over the years, have you learned about menstrual taboos wrong?

Can I eat ice cream?

Among the various menstrual taboos, the most widely circulated one is that menstrual women cannot touch cold water, and then other taboos have evolved, such as not eating cold things, such as ice cream.

Since ancient times, menstrual blood has been regarded as an unclean substance in folk customs all over the world, so many taboos have been set for menstrual women.

With the evolution, some so-called medical principles have been mixed into the explanation. For example, traditional Chinese medicine holds that [blood is fine when it meets heat, but coagulates when it meets cold], so it is suggested that cold water should not be touched during menstruation. Then there is a saying later that things that touch cold during menstruation will cause vasoconstriction, thus increasing the risk of dysmenorrhea.

Although all folk and religious taboos cannot be verified in medicine, the problem of vasoconstriction has really been examined.

There is a hormone called vasopressin in the body, which can not only make blood vessels contract, but also make uterus contract. Do you think it will make you suffer from dysmenorrhea? Results Studies have shown that the increase of vasopressin is not related to dysmenorrhea. Even so, this hormone, which can directly act on blood vessels, how much do you think an ice cream can become?

Why do you believe in certain taboos?

However, why do so many women believe in these menstrual taboos?

Here, we will discuss taboos related to health. This has a long history in our country. Chinese people pay attention to health preservation. This is not a simple recuperation or recuperation, but contains a large number of taboos. Such as eating, living, daily behavior and so on, there are many restrictions.

For example, the diet requires [those who cannot speak on food, and those who eat on language often suffer from chest and back pain], that is, talking when eating is taboo, otherwise you will suffer chest and back pain. When living, you cannot be in a noisy place with many people. There are also taboos about washing hair and bathing, which require that you cannot take a bath when hungry and wash your hair when full ([taboo bathing when hungry, taboo bathing when full]).

Although these are all health-related taboos, the source of these taboos is not medicine but Taoism.

Originally, the main function of religion was to pay attention to the spiritual level. However, because Taoism is related to the belief in immortals and the pursuit of immortality, Therefore, in addition to paying attention to human spirit, it also attaches importance to human body. In ancient China, which was influenced by Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, Taoist health preservation became a part of medicine. With generations of doctors integrating religious content with medical content, taboos of various religions, or taboos of folk customs, gradually became taboos of medicine.

Is there any medical taboo?

There are also some, such as incompatibility in clinical medication. That is to say, when we use drugs, there may be some physical or chemical reactions between different drugs, thus affecting the effect of drugs and even causing harm. Therefore, in clinical medication, some drugs cannot be used together.

In addition, there are contraindications, such as medication contraindications and surgery contraindications. That is to say, if there is a certain situation, then you cannot use a certain drug or perform a certain operation.

Therefore, if secular or religious taboos stem from fear and fear of the unknown or divinity, then medical taboos should stem from respect for life itself.

Therefore, if which taboo restrictions are not aimed at doctors’ medical intervention, but at daily life and human physiological processes, then we must express our doubts: is this taboo developed from ancient religious folk taboos or is it a truly professional medical taboo?

God’s belongs to God, Caesar’s belongs to Caesar.

Taboos are passed down from generation to generation, Integrating various local customs, It has a great impact on people. Moreover, Due to the above-mentioned [taboo] itself, it is a kind of restriction that is almost divine and is almost the highest level of restriction outside the legal restriction. When this kind of restriction and restriction are gradually internalized by individuals, individuals will produce heartfelt compliance. This internalization and compliance essentially stems from human fear of the unknown.

Therefore, modern medicine has done relevant research on many past taboos, and the results show that those taboos have not actually caused what threats and injuries to health.

However, as mentioned earlier, some taboos have actually been internalized into people’s hearts. When you deny these taboos, it will arouse strong antipathy and resistance similar to those when religious beliefs are denied. This is also a very normal thing.

Therefore, for doctors, when we break some taboos and dogmas that have nothing to do with medicine, we should also make it clear to everyone that we do not intend to offend some of their ideas, but just want to provide more information and let everyone choose freely.

As mentioned above, eating ice cream during menstruation is not taboo, but it does not mean that we are encouraging everyone to eat ice cream during menstruation. We just want to loosen the shackles in some people’s hearts so that they can live more freely.

When you eat ice cream during your menstruation and do feel stomachache, from a medical point of view, please don’t attribute it to ice cream. Of course, if you still refuse to eat ice cream during your menstruation because of your cautious character, it is also your own choice, which is understandable.

What doctors are doing is actually stripping out some taboo non-medical ingredients and finally giving the public a pure medical professional information. Let [God’s belong to God, Caesar’s belong to Caesar].

Therefore, when many people want to obtain authoritative professional information from doctors, please also understand that doctors’ [authority] is actually professional, not authority;. It symbolizes professional advice rather than power warning.

All kinds of religious taboos and folk taboos have a long history, while the development of modern medicine is much younger. I also don’t want to arbitrarily think that those taboos should be eliminated from the current medical point of view, because after all, medicine is still developing, and maybe a certain research will support some taboos many years later.

Responsible Editor: Xiao Xi

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