Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF MENOPAUSE
[NOTE: The following commentary by William A. McGarey,
M.D. is a general overview of the Cayce approach to menopause.
The treatment recommendations discussed in the Cayce readings for
this condition are diverse and reflect the tremendous variability
in how menopause can manifest for each unique individual. This
overview should be viewed as one perspective on how to apply the Cayce
I. Physiological Considerations
It is well known and understood that some women pass
through the "change of life" without serious symptoms or difficulties,
while others have a long, drawn-out menopause that becomes a major health
problem and requires medical attention -- often, however, with little
During menopause, the woman moves from the child-bearing
age to a balance of the body wherein much less estrogen is available to
the body cells, resulting in the inability to become pregnant. The
symptoms of menopause begin sometime during the latter years of the third
decade, but more commonly around the age of 40 to 45. Again, it
is uncommon for menopause to continue beyond age 50, but some women experience
symptoms well into the late years of their 50s and occasionally into their
Surgical menopause comes about when a woman's ovaries
and uterus are removed. This may occur at any age and is much more
sudden and frequently more disastrous in its effect.
Symptoms can be multitudinous and, therefore, lead
some observers to credit the problems to a psychosomatic origin, so that
the woman is referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist. However,
physicians who clearly observe the nature of the body -- its unity, its
coordination or lack of it, and the manner in which function in the body
comes about through the nervous system, the glandular influences, and
the activities of the body's life-support systems understand that most
symptoms have their bases in the physical body and its workings.
Symptoms observed most frequently are hot flashes,
insomnia, fatigue, headaches, constipation, general aches and pains, tensions,
nervousness, visual changes, tachycardia, discomfort in the heart area,
indigestion, and a variety of mental/emotional disturbances ranging from
mild to very severe. The Cayce readings regularly refer to the nature
of the human being as body, mind, and spirit; so it is not strange that
they lead us to understand some of the disturbances in these relationships.
The readings suggested to  that the distresses
she was experiencing had to do with the organs of the pelvis and with
those of the eliminating system. (1100-28) And in nearly every instance
in those readings studied, there was an incoordination between the autonomic
and cerebrospinal nervous systems. The organs of the pelvis, of
course, produce estrogens, so the glandular imbalance is disturbed.
Hypochondria was a problem in reading 2054-1, but
this was not an unrelated condition. Instead, it was -- at least
in this instance -- due to circumstances within the body while under the
influence of the menopausal changes. These brought about an "indeterminate
reaction of impulse between the two systems. . ." (autonomic and cerebrospinal),
causing a glandular incoordination and "at times the losing of self almost
to the incoordination between the reflexes from the sympathetic system,
and the coordinant reaction through the cerebrospinal system." Thus, in
this instance, hypochondria resulted, so that the body reacted "not always
to the suggestion but always to the suggestion there is a reaction." (2054-1)
The Cayce source also saw some of the difficulties
as arising from a disturbance through the upper hepatic circulation that
needed to be normalized.
With the variety of problems that accompany a "change
of life," so to speak, it needs to be understood that mental/emotional/spiritual
attitudes and influences lay the groundwork for changes that accompany
the decrease in estrogen level -- often the only chemical change that
can be demonstrated. Thus, every woman can have a different kind
of menopausal experience, depending upon what she had done with her life
experiences, her stresses, her heredity, her diet, her beliefs, and the
manner in which she faces life and her purpose for being here.
The readings had this to say about the glands and
"... the glandular forces make for disturbing activities at times,
but keeping the mental and physical balance as has been outlined, with
the adjustments, the activities in the physical and mental fields, the
glands respond. For the glands are that through which the relationships
are kept established as it were between the spiritual body and the mental
Is it any wonder, then, that there are differences
between the manner in which women go through the change? All symptoms
have an origin, and most of the underlying difficulties can be dealt with
constructively. This is the message of the Cayce readings.
II. Rationale of Therapy
In understanding therapy for menopausal symptoms and
in obtaining the best responses, one needs to pay attention to the ongoing
process in the physical body and also to recognize that every woman probably
has a set of physiological imbalances completely different from the next.
The process in the menopausal woman is an adjustment
to the gradual (or sudden) decrease of female hormones circulating in
the system. This adjustment can occur in an individual whose body
is already disturbed by a variety of imbalances or it may come about in
a completely normal person. The reaction in these two instances
is always markedly different. This may explain why some women experience
little disturbance during the "change of life" while others undergo all
sorts of problems.
In the readings given for different women, the suggestions
for reestablishing a balance in the body were grouped into six different
categories -- the specifics always dependent upon the needs of the individual
for whom assistance was offered.
- General Care of the Body
Adequate rest, a diet that is balanced yet corrective
in its nature when needed, and exercise. These three therapies
were always suggested when there seemed to be a deficiency or a need.
One woman was instructed to spend six to eight weeks relaxing and resting
in the sand and sunshine in Clearwater or Clearwater Beach, Florida,
for a couple of hours each morning and each afternoon, when the ultraviolet
rays from the sun are not too strong. (2966-2) This, combined with her
massages and shortwave therapy, was intended to relieve the headaches,
the hot and cold flashes, the irregularity of the heart, and the feelings
that portions of the body were going to sleep too easily. Another
woman was told that she needed to keep more balanced, more rested, and
not to bring about an overactivity or overstimulation of the vital forces
of the body, especially as related to the activities of reproduction."
(1158-17) So rest is often highly important.
A diet oriented toward alkaline-reacting foods was
most frequently recommended for menopause. No fats, no fried foods,
rarely beef -- this was the injunction given to a 38-year-old woman
who had undergone a complete hysterectomy. (3386-1)
A special diet was recommended for a woman whose
digestive system was giving her problems of as and regurgitation.
Her reading (1713-21) suggested a cleansing regimen: oranges only or
oranges and lemons for five days, as many as desired; or apples (Delicious)
for three days; or grapes for four days. Any of these would be
helpful for cleansing the system from impurities and thus prevent inclinations
for gas formations, etc. After the cleansing diet, then half a
teacup of olive oil was suggested to be taken. A note of caution:
If one has gall bladder problems, this amount of olive oil may cause
a surgical emergency forcing stones down into the bile or common duct.
Lesser amounts of oil are recommended in most of the instances wherein
this kind of cleansing is given.
Exercise -- plenty of it -- was a frequent recommendation.
It is understood from the general tone of the readings that re regular
exercise, preferably walking, was a basic undergirding of a therapy
program leading to health and balance.
Specifics aside, it can be seen that a woman going
through the difficulties of menopause would best care generally for
her body with rest, a good diet, and exercise.
- Working with the Structural Portions of the Body
Grouped under this heading are osteopathic treatments,
chiropractic adjustments, massages, electric vibrator treatments, and
hot packs on the back. All of these are in a very real sense related,
since they relax or adjust or move the muscles or vertebrae of the spine
and bring about a more balanced function of the portions of the body
which these areas (in relation to the spinal cord and its functions)
actually supply. Primarily in the instance of the menopausal woman,
the ovaries, the uterus, and the thyroid are the most important structures
involved in this kind of therapy. However, the circulatory system,
the nervous system, the assimilation and elimination, and the entire
glandular system are affected and may become more normalized through
The following extract tells the story of what goes
on with manipulation, massage, etc., and the importance of these therapies:
Q-2. Should other glands be stimulated which have not been?
A-2. As just indicated, these should be stimulated, but from
the centers from which the impulse for their activity emanates!
Let's describe this for a second, that the entity
or body here may understand, as well as the one making the stimulation:
Along the cerebrospinal system we find segments.
These are cushioned. Not that the segment itself is awry, but
through each segment there arises an impulse or a nerve connection between
it and the sympathetic system-or the nerves running parallel with same.
Through the sympathetic system (as it is called, or those centers not
encased in cerebrospinal system) are the connections with the cerebrospinal
Then, in each center -- that is, of the segment
where these connect -- there are tiny bursa[e], or a plasm of nerve
reaction. This becomes congested, or slow in its activity to each
portion of the system. For, each organ, each gland of the system,
receives impulses through this manner for its activity.
Hence we find there are reactions to every portion
of the system by suggestion, mentally, and by the environment and surroundings.
Also we find that a reaction may be stimulated
internally to the organs of the body, by injection of properties or
foods, or by activities of same.
We also find the reflex from these internally
to the brain centers.
Then, the science of osteopathy is not merely
the punching in a certain segment or the cracking of the bones, but
it is the keeping of a balance -- by the touch -- between the sympathetic
and the cerebrospinal system! That is real osteopathy!
With the adjustments made in this way and manner,
we will rind not only helpful influences but healing and an aid to
any condition that may exist in the body-unless there is a broken
bone or the like! (1158-24)
- Influencing the Electrical Systems of the Body
Treatments to the body's structural portions certainly
have an influence on the neurological system and thus on this portion
of the body's electrical system. In the readings, however, a flow
of energy was described that moves through the body in the form of a
figure eight. It crosses at the umbilicus and forms the basis
for another kind of therapy -- the radio-active appliance, whose manufacture
and use are described in the readings. It should be noted here
that this device theoretically functions by taking electrical charges
too numerous in f the body and moving them to other areas which are
deficient. One individual, , was to use this appliance with
one attachment on the 12th dorsal area and the other on the pubic center
(directly over the pubis). In this instance, the appliance would
be used daily for a month, or through the menstrual period, left off
for a few days, and then perhaps repeated.
In case , the violet ray was recommended for
use alongside the spine just before retiring, apparently to bring a
degree of relief to bodily tensions and to balance the neurological
system more adequately.
The violet ray was also recommended for .
She had severe difficulties in her menopause, which affected her pineal
gland and caused periods of near mental blackout. She was given
the formula for a bitter syrup to take internally. For the hot
and cold flashes, cold feet, and general irritation, an Epsom salts
hot sitz bath was to be taken, followed by a thorough rubdown, and
then the violet ray treatment, both along the cerebrospinal system.
And she was told to walk or ride in the open air, to keep pleasant
company, and "be pleasant to others."
- Local Therapy
It is always helpful to treat the body locally where
the problem lies. The helpfulness may have to do with the consciousness,
as stated in the readings, that lies within each cell, each atom of
the body. Perhaps these cells need comfort, need to know that
they are being cared for and recognized because they have problems.
For whatever reason, local therapy always helps. In menopause,
the sitz baths just mentioned can be of aid in increasing the circulation
to that area of the body.
Between -- not during -- menstrual periods, douches
with Atomidine were often suggested for pelvis problems. A 41-year-old
woman was given directions to take such douches, apparently to aid in
alleviating the problems of the beginning changes in the system the
readings' description of early menopause. (1713-21) First she was told
to take Atomidine douches, a teaspoonful to a quart and a half of water.
Later on, in another reading-at this point menopause was really upon
her -- she was instructed to take also Glyco-Thymoline douches, a tablespoon
and a half to a quart of water.
One woman was told to use the violet ray with a
vaginal applicator. (528-28) Massage to the lower back and osteopathic
treatments in that area can also be classified as local therapy, although
they bring about a different kind of response.
Of all the medications used for menopause, oral
and intramuscular injections of hormones probably rate as number one.
The readings recommended them frequently. Atomidine, taken orally,
was nearly standard therapy, for it is intended to normalize the function
of the glandular structures in the body. Calcios -- a calcium
product -- was often added to the regimen. During those years
when the readings were given, Tonicine was suggested as a hormone
additive to be taken orally; it contained extracts from the ovary
and the thyroid. Other medications were seldom suggested.
- Constructive Use of the Mind
The mind needs to be kept in a constructive phase.
The reality of the human being as a body, mind, and spirit is constantly
reaffirmed in these readings. To one woman Cayce had this to say:
Do these; keeping the body mentally constructive.
That is, as the very nature of the mental influences of the body would
be as constructive forces, know that their application does not consist
of formulas or ritual but just being kind, gentle, patient, even with
those that apparently would torment thee. This is magnifying those
influences that keep a body mentally, physically, spiritually balanced.
For the mind is the builder. Hence it is both material and spiritual.
If spiritual constructiveness is used, then, that
builded into the experience must be of those very constructive natures.
To another, he said, "Sing a lot." (3386-1) To
still another, ". . be pleasant to others!" (4290-9) In 1540-3, Cayce
pointed out that "As to the constructive forces-know that the spiritual
is the source of health, of light, of understanding; and necessarily
the source of all happiness."
III. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
Lacking the psychic ability to look into the body
and ascertain what incoordinations exist, where the body is malfunctioning,
what attitudes are not constructive, and how severe the menopause really
is, one must rely on a general approach toward correcting the menopausal
Always a direction should be taken toward balance:
balance in the nerve supply, in the circulation, in the hormonal system,
in the structural setup of the body, and between assimilation and elimination.
And much attention should be paid to the attitudes, emotions, and beliefs
of the individual.
So what would be a general therapy program for such
a person? Perhaps the following would be helpful, no matter how
mild or severe the conditions may be:
- A basic alkaline-reacting diet, eliminating fried foods, fats,
white flour and white sugar, pork, with only occasional beef.
Protein as in fish, fowl, or lamb. Lots of salads, fruit, cooked
- Adequate eliminations;
- Adequate rest;
- Osteopathic manipulations. Massages and use of violet ray
if these are not available;
- Atomidine, taken orally in cycles;
- Alternate Atomidine and Glyco-Thymoline douches -- one of each
every week for the space of several months, avoiding the douches when
periods come. One teaspoonful of Glyco-Thymoline to a quart
- ". . keep the mental attitudes towards all helpful influences.
. (1100-28) Use the mind constructively, meditate regularly, seek
to apply the fruits of the spirit in one's life day by day.
In all likelihood, the individuals with menopause
for whom Cayce gave readings were not exactly in the same condition as
anyone else you might meet. However, there are enough similarities
in the symptoms experienced that a regimen such as that shown above might
be utilized, and other treatments Cayce suggested (as listed earlier in
this discussion) might then be added if applicable.
Menopause is a changing of the life situation, and
it can be met with equanimity if the body is balanced in its function.
Life's daily experience can be encountered with a smile and a song, but
the body must be attended to and the attitudes must be looked at and corrected.
[Note: The preceding overview was written by William A. McGarey, M.D.
and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health