Drolma wrote:Women get more illnesses, at least according to Tibetan Medicine.
Dear Drolma, will you kindly allow me to protest here, and do so without asking first what is defined as illness in Tibetan Buddhism ? (which I highly respect). Please explain it some more, if this is allowed on a Theravada board, because I would like to learn more.
For me, only my own experience -plus medical statistics count
So- no. I don't agree with that notion that women get more illnesses than men.
What we know through medical statistics is, that (usually)
1.women seek advice and help more often, early and in time for a cheap treatment,
2. men more seldom, often too late and thus needing a more expensive treatment.
The reproductive system of a woman is highly complex, with monthly cycle, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, and the body produces natural (stress) reactions to those repetitive changes. But they are not illnesses.
The reproductive system of a man is, in comparison to that, a lot simpler: Get off.
So, that said, I would entirely agree that women seek medical advice more often, and thus may appear ill more often than men, but for said reasons it is an error.
They experience more stress due to their highly complex tasks, but I don't call them illness for a second.
Those stress reactions are normal. A menstruation or pregnancy is no illness.
It is a normal body function, and a healthy woman can cope with it wonderfully.
Only if she is not allowed to live out her nature as a woman, she will become ill.
Which is why I insist on
Anyhow.... so what did you mean?
PS: Higher life expectancy of women, less infant mortality, too.