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Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Chinese Medicine, Fertility, Perimenopause, Personal Development | 4 comments

Redefine Your Authentic Feminine Power After Age 35

Redefine Your Authentic Feminine Power After Age 35

  After age 35, a woman enters into the Queen or Imperial phase of life, according to ancient Chinese medicine texts written about self-empowerment in 600 CE. She transitions away from the Maiden or Princess phase, where she was concerned with what the world thought of her, how she looked to everyone around her, what others wanted her to do, and procreation. During this transformation, the Heart, also known as the Emperor or Empress in Chinese medicine, heats up and loses communication with the cooling water aspect of the Kidneys. This can lead to irregular periods, mood swings, and fertility issues; a collection of symptoms also known as perimenopause. I believe the Heart heating up is the body’s way of speaking up to be heard. It’s asking the woman, what do YOU want? How do YOU feel? What is YOUR expression of your authentic self in the world, regardless of other’s opinions and expectations? Literally and figuratively, what does your heart want? I recently listened to an interview on Dear Sugar Radio with singer/songwriter India Arie, who talked...

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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 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 Jul 15, 2014 in Chinese Medicine, Fertility | 2 comments

Drastically Improve Your Fertility Using This Little Known Method

Drastically Improve Your Fertility Using This Little Known Method

  As an acupuncturist and women’s health specialist, I treat numerous infertility cases at my clinic where I almost always make recommendations to improve the digestion. Why improve the digestion to increase fertility? From a Chinese medicine perspective, your digestive health is reflective of the health of your Spleen Qi. Your Spleen Qi is responsible for holding a pregnancy, preventing miscarriage, producing enough blood to have regular cycles, and absorbing the proper nutrients to nourish an embryo. Women with weak Spleen Qi can suffer from fatigue, dizziness, nausea, low appetite, weight gain, lack of motivation, light or missing periods, spotting, PMS, irregular menses, and frequent miscarriage, among other symptoms.   Here are 6 simple things you can do to improve your digestion which will strengthen your Spleen Qi, and as a result, drastically boost your fertility:   1) Take digestive enzymes and probiotics. Digestive enzymes will help improve the nutrient absorption from your food, relieve gas and bloating, and regulate bowel movements. They can be taken as needed. Probiotics,...

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