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Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Chinese Medicine, Fertility, Personal Development | 0 comments

Get In The Right Relationship With Your Desire: A Baby, Idyllic Delivery, Perfect Body… Anything

Get In The Right Relationship With Your Desire: A Baby, Idyllic Delivery, Perfect Body… Anything

  Longing. Obsessing. Aching. The kind of yearning that brings you to your knees. You want something so badly, it’s all you think about. If you could will it into existence, you would:  A baby, an idyllic delivery, a more beautiful or healthier body, a partner, a dream job, THE house, more money… whatever it is for you. Often, you find yourself thinking, “It’s not fair!” with the strong urge to throw a toddler-style tantrum. Working primarily with women trying to conceive, I see firsthand what this obsessive desire for a baby does to the different energy systems in the body, through the eyes of Chinese medicine. As you might have guessed, this intense wanting stresses the body and has a huge impact on fertility and overall health. In fact, strong desiring can negatively effect anyone’s health, no matter what the scenario. Unless you can get to the root of your desires. The goal is not to eliminate your desire, but to get in the right relationship with your desire.  When you intensely want something–let’s say, a...

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Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Motherhood, Postpartum, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Learn To Make Postpartum Recovery Nepali Rice Pudding

Learn To Make Postpartum Recovery Nepali Rice Pudding

  I first met Julia when I was pregnant with my second daughter and about to deliver. She showed up at just the right time, offering me sage advice as a postnatal Ayurvedic doula to take care of myself and my baby after delivery. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine share similar roots, so I have always been intrigued by Ayurvedic medicine. As a mother and acupuncturist specializing in women’s health, I was interested and grateful on many levels to read Julia’s book and share her knowledge with my patients and clients all over the world. When she asked me to review her ebook Nourishing Newborn Mothers, it was a no-brainer! Without further ado… At first I was intimidated by the Ayurvedic ingredient list, but I was pleasantly surprised to find we already had almost everything we needed in the pantry, fridge, and garden to make the recipe I wanted to try: Nepali rice pudding. With useful tidbits throughout the book about how to treat common postnatal issues like constipation, depression, sciatic pain,...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in Chinese Medicine, Fertility | 0 comments

4 Fertility Enhancing Therapies To Do At Home

4 Fertility Enhancing Therapies To Do At Home

  In my clinical experience as an acupuncturist, I have noticed that a woman’s fertility is particularly responsive to ancient, sophisticated systems of medicine such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I believe it’s because TCM views the body as an ecosystem with many moving parts, which mirrors the complex structure of a woman’s fertility. Ancient therapies are what I first turn to when something ails me, my family, or my patients because they work, they are gentle on the body, and they promote bringing the body back into balance instead of throwing it more off balance just to eliminate symptoms. (Of course, sometimes western medicine is absolutely necessary! I have been immensely grateful for it on more than one occasion in my life, here and here.) Below are four of my favorite ancient healing therapies that work to restore the balance of a woman’s fertility, thereby increasing her fertile health and chances of successfully conceiving, with or without the help of western medicine.   Fertility Femoral Massage   Redirects blood flow to the reproductive organs...

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Chinese Medicine, Fertility | 4 comments

Are Coffee And Alcohol Really That Bad For Your Fertility?

Are Coffee And Alcohol Really That Bad For Your Fertility?

  One of the most common phrases I hear from my patients is, “As soon as I get pregnant I will stop drinking coffee and alcohol.” The trouble with that strategy is that the pregnancy may never happen if the liver is compromised. Let me explain. No, there is too much, let me sum up. (Name that movie!) Did you know: Any alcohol consumed during an IVF cycle reduces its chance of success by 50%. Coffee constricts blood vessels while tea opens them. In order to ensure optimal functioning of a woman’s reproductive organs, there must be adequate blood flow.    Having said that, I wholeheartedly agree with one of my favorite mentors, Dr. Libby Weaver, who accurately explains, “It’s not what you do once in awhile, it’s what you do everyday that makes a difference in your health.” So how much coffee and alcohol can you have without compromising your fertility?   1-3 cups of coffee or 1-3 glasses of wine per month is what I would consider “once in awhile” and very...

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in Fertility, Motherhood, Personal Development | 0 comments

In Defense Of Pink: How Embracing Your Femininity Can Prevent Disease

In Defense Of Pink: How Embracing Your Femininity Can Prevent Disease

  I know you’re not supposed to call little girls princesses anymore, or even tell them they’re pretty or beautiful (lest they think they’re not smart). I know it’s not cool to overdo it where the color pink is concerned. It’s hip to be gender neutral. I get it. Well, today’s post is a plea for femininity. This plea that has more far reaching consequences than you might think, especially where your health is concerned. Having a little girl, with a second one on the way, I’ve become acutely aware of prejudices that exist in the world around gender stereotypes–particularly, the feminine ones.   I am a feminist. I’m also about as feminine as you can get.   I love a good lipstick, the color pink, dressing up, and gabbing with girlfriends. And I feel just as strongly about my right to be feminine in a masculine world and the power and strength present in feminine energy. When I get into conversations with other parents about discouraging their daughters from...

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