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Health and Healing

Women's Medicine Ways
by: Marci Starck
Crossing Press,1993
ISBN: 0895945967

This is an excellent compilation of creative ideas and rituals for women seeking a feminist spiritual path. It covers the full cycle of woman's life from puberty through death and offers unconfining ideas for rituals of passage, whether the passage be first blood or menopause, marriage or death.

The Herbal Menopause Book
by Amanda McQuade Crawford
Published by Crossing Pr, 1996
ISBN: 0895947994

Any one interested in holistic applications to common problems will welcome this herbal guide for women entering menopause. Natural treatments for related problems from depression and fibroids to hot flashes and osteoporosis are covered in clear chapters which have been thoroughly researched to provide the latest insights.

 

Homeopathy for Menopause
by Beth MacEoin
Published by Inner Traditions Intl Ltd, 1997
ISBN: 0892816481

 

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Menopause

Passage to Power : Natural Menopause Revolution
Leslie, Kenton
Hay Books, 1998
ISBN: 1561704873

So glad this book is available now through amazon.com. An excellent resource on menopause which includes detailed information about alternative methods of handling the physical effects of this powerful passage.

 

Red Moon Passage : The Power and Wisdom of Menopause
Horrigan, Bonnie
Harmony Books, 1996
ISBN: 0517703866

Viewing menopause as a life-affirming transformation, medical journalist Bonnie Horrigan renames it "the passage of the red moon, " after which is not darkness, but a magnificent new phase giving birth to new life and wisdom within. Horrigan's interviews with a varied group of mature, wise women from various spiritual traditions--including Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Kachinas Kutenai, Barbara Walker, Carol Person, and Paula Gunn Allen--provide an affirmation of the aging process and the wisdom that can come with menopause.

 

"What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause: The Breakthrough Book on Natural Progesterone"
by John R. Lee, M.D., with Virginia Hopkins
ISBN: 0446671444

The Herbal Menopause Book
by Amanda McQuade Crawford
Published by Crossing Pr, 1996
ISBN: 0895947994

Any one interested in holistic applications to common problems will welcome this herbal guide for women entering menopause. Natural treatments for related problems from depression and fibroids to hot flashes and osteoporosis are covered in clear chapters which have been thoroughly researched to provide the latest insights.

 

Homeopathy for Menopause
by Beth MacEoin
Published by Inner Traditions Intl Ltd, 1997
ISBN: 0892816481

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Menstruation

Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation.
Delaney, Janice, M. J. Lupton, & E. Toth.
Curse: Urbana, Ill: University of Illinois, 1988 (revised ed.)
ISBN: 0252014529

Let's face it, it's not the type of book most of us would just pick up and read. But, believe it or not, it was incredibly fun, as well as invaluably informative. Simply put, the Curse provides information I've found nowhere else. It takes you through the history of menstruation from culture to culture, detailing the superstitions, myths and eventual understanding of all phases of menstruation.The latter part of the book dwells on our current perceptions, as seen not only socially and culturally, but through literature and film.The authors also evaluate current feminine products, from douches to pads and tampons, providing an actual analysis of their usefulness and dangers that is very rarely discussed in other forums.

Blood, Bread and Roses
Grahn, Judy
Beacon Press, 1994
ISBN: 0807075051

An authoritative work on the role of menstruation in the creation of all Life throughout cultures and history. The feminist author of Another Mother Tongue offers a mythographic study of the interconnections among ancient menstrual rites and the development of agriculture, mathematics, writing, calendars, and other realms of knowledge.

Red Moon:Understanding and Using the Gifts of the Menstrual Cycle
Gray, Miranda

The reason I'm writing is that I've just finished reading a wonderful book on menstruation that I'd like to share with you. It's certainly been a gift for me. It contains visualizations to reconnect to your womb and its cycles, information about recording and celebrating your own unique cyclic nature, and affirming ways of expressing the creative, sexual, and sensual energies of each phase in this spiralling journey that is woman. I feel like talking to someone about what I've read, and encouraging others to pick it up, but there's nowhere where that wouldn't feel awkward for me right now. It's not really something that you talk about in high school.

Carrie Alison (16)

Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture.
Knight, Chris.
New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1991
ISBN: 0300063083

Images of Bleeding: Menstruation as Ideology.
Lander, Louise.
New York City: Orlando 1988
ISBN:0962009016
Hard to find

Blood Stories : Menarche and the Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary U.S. Society
Janet Lee, Jennifer Sasser-Coen
1996
ISBN:0415915473

Honoring Menstruation; A Time of Self-Renewal
Owen, Lara.
San Francisco: Crossing Pr

ISBN: 0895949210

Lara's Owen's book, "Honoring Menstruation" is a revised, updated and expanded edition of her brilliant and masterful earlier book, "Her Blood is Gold." "Honoring Menstruation" offers the reader a profound perspective on the role of menstruation in the life of women and society. It is a well-researched, beautifully crafted and elegant book. It explores the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical dimensions of menstruation and provides a new and powerful view on this still taboo topic. Owen's book is a classic and a must read for every woman and every man who wishes to understand this powerful part of feminine life. Her book changes lives. You will never look at menstruation in the same way again. Owen's book shows women how to use their menstrual cycle to nourish, restore and balance themselves physically and spiritually by embracing the three phases of menstruation: releasing, emptying, and wisdom. She explores the role of PMS and menstrual cramps and offers new meanings and solutions to these experiences. A major contribution.

Sweet Secrets - Stories of Menstruation
O'Grady, Kathleen and Wansbrough, Paula
Toronto: Second Story Press, 1997.
ISBN: 0929005333

In her diary, Anne Frank describes the coming of her period as a "sweet secret", a step toward womanhood she anticipates with wonder,joy, confusion and fear. Girls today often experience this time of their lives with the same mixture of emotions. Focusing on their concerns and questions about menstruation, and supplemented by clearly articulated health information, this unique collection of short stories aims to reassure and enlighten.

Coming from different generations and cultures the characters in the stories ask questions all girls ask -- "What's going on with my body","What does menstruation feel like?", "How will my friends react?" Unlike the standard "just-the-facts" approach, this book of short stories and factual information provides the reader with her very own confidantes, others who share a common experience.

This book is particularly ideal for initiating discussions between parents and their daughters about sexuality and growing up. It dispels the myths with current, up-to-date health information about menstruation. A unique and reassuring collection, it empowers young women to celebrate this rite of passage with informed confidence.

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Reference

The Complete Kama Sutra. : The First Unabridged Modern Translation of the Classic Indian Text
Danielou, Alain (trans.).
Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions, 1994
ISBN: 0892815256

The Guardian Weekend : Dildo was translated as 'medicine.' Lesbian was just 'corrupt woman.' No wonder we couldn't follow any of the instructions in the Kama Sutra. But now, there's a new translation of the oldest sex manual, the first since the Victorians brought it home and hid it under the mattress.

The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects
by: Barbara Gordon Walker
ISBN: 0062509233
Publisher:

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