We all know that the Moon has an impact on the tides and vegetation. However, have you ever thought about how this celestial body could influence our physical life? I will give you the answer in today’s post.
The 8 Phases of the Moon
Before I describe how this celestial body affects your body, let’s become familiar with its 8 phases. You can notice that there are more than the four, commonly known Moon phases. The eight phases have their own characteristics and influence all the life on our planet in different ways, each of them lasting for about three and a half days when the Moon moves approximatively forty-five degrees forward:
The New Moon
Totally dark moon, no illumination. It relates to the new beginning, a fresh start.
The Crescent Phase
It’s the time when the Earth’s satellite is illuminated in less than 50%. The key word for this period is a breakthrough.
The First Quarter
It’s the moment when this celestial body reaches exactly 50% of illumination after the New Moon phase. A lot of energy is released and the most important thing to do is to be able to manage this energy and to use it with wisdom.
The Gibbous Phase
It is the stage when the Moon exceeds 50% of its illumination, the stage of perfection.
The Full Moon
The Moon is 100% illuminated and it is the most intense phase, completion of the hard work accomplished before, at this time the objective is to see the results of the efforts and get the benefits.
The Disseminating Phase
It is gibbous between the Full Moon and the Third Quarter. The key word here is the harvest, the Earth satellite’s energies encourage the desire to share and to communicate.
The Third Quarter
It is the moment when the celestial body reaches 50% of illumination after the Full Moon phase. The lack of interest in any new beginnings and passiveness are characteristic of this period.
The Balsamic Phase
It is the last phase of the lunar cycle. It is the time to prepare for the next cycle, the perfect time for meditation and rest to restore the energy for new beginnings.
How the Moon Affects Your Body
We have more than 70% of water so it is obvious that there is a significant lunar impact on our health and each of its phases, too. Obviously, the Full Moon will affect our bodies in the biggest way. Here are some examples of the Moon’s influence on our bodies.
Our brains are a significant source of water and Dutch researchers hypothesize the Moon’s gravitational pull could similarly have an effect of the ebb and flow of the tide on your brain, causing erratic behaviour.
Other studies by British scientists reveal that the midpoint of the lunar cycle may actually decrease seizure activity in epileptics. However, they suggest it may be due to the brightness of the Earth’s satellite rather than its phases. These scientists attribute this to the hormone melatonin, which is naturally secreted in your brain when the Sun goes down, hence signalling it’s time to sleep.
Complaints of headaches and migraines happen usually around the time of the full Moon. While no scientific correlation is made between migraines and the full Moon, this phase can disrupt sleep and therefore disrupts hormone levels, thus triggering headaches.
Kidneys, like other organs and the human body itself, are made up of about 60% water, and just as lunar activity can affect our oceans, creating powerful and predictable tides, the lunar effect is strong on workings of these organs, causing a noticeable ebb and flow in times of calm and pain.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Urology found that kidney stone pain increased significantly during a full Moon. On the other hand, English researches found that more patients were admitted to hospitals with urological emergencies during this lunar phase. Conversely, the first day of the lunar cyucle caused a “calming effect” for people with these conditions.
A study published in the Indian Journal of Basic and Applied Medical Research found that when exercising, your heart is at its peak performance during a full and new Moon. So check the lunar phases before going to the gym!
Japanese researchers discovered that there was a significant increase in the number of births when the gravitation of the Moon to the Earth was most powerful. While researchers admit they are still unclear on exactly how or why this relationship exists, they say it might help healthcare professionals and pregnant women better prepare to the labour.
The Menstrual Cycle
A woman’s average menstrual cycle is 28 days and the lunar one 29+ day so the length is similar. Chinese researchers discovered that almost 30 per cent of all the women monitored ovulated at the full Moon and menstruated during the new Moon. In some cultures, there is even a name for this phenomenon, called the White Moon Cycle while the Red Moon Cycle occurs when the woman ovulates during the new Moon and menstruates during the full Moon.
According to farmersalarmac.com, the Moon affects sleep.
A 2013 study published in Current Biology reviewed the sleep patterns of participants over three days in which they were allowed to fall asleep at will in a controlled area that had neither clocks nor outside light. When the data was compared to thelunar phases, researchers determined participants not only had lower melatonin levels during bright Moon phases, but they also took 5 minutes longer to fall asleep, slept 20 minutes less in general, and had 30 percent less REM sleep. And if you’re not getting enough sleep, your health suffers.
We are more prone to accidents or illness during the full Moon phase.
One 2011 study published in World Journal of Surgery found that over 40
percentof medical personnel believe in “Full Moon Madness” among patients. It was also revealed that emergency calls for all sorts of conditions actually increases by 3 percentwhenever there’s a midpoint of the lunar cycle, and then drops by 6 percentduring the first day of the lunar cycle.
In a Nutshell
The lunar cycle has an obvious impact on our body. Epileptic seizures, headaches, sleep quality and kidney work vary, depending on the Moon’s phase. The Full Moon has the biggest impact on our body and health.
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