Category women’s health

The Mystery of Blood Deficiency

Blood deficiency is a common pattern that underlies many ailments in Chinese Medicine. It can be a key factor in resolving chronic pain issues, insomnia, anxiety or depression. It can also be an important factor in many other ailments such as constipation, menstrual irregularities, headaches, migraines or forgetfulness. Nourishing the blood to treat these ailments […]

Re-Freshing Your Movement Routine

  Now that New Year’s resolutions are 4 months behind us, whether you’ve kept on track with your wellness goals, or you have run into some boredom, it’s time to refresh things! Working out does not have to be work, tedious, or have a specific structure (i.e. 20 minutes of jogging, or 10 reps of […]

Heavy Menses Help With Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are exceptional alternatives to regulating your cycle naturally. The history of the medicine has always placed women’s health as a high priority in medical care. Now this doesn’t really come from an altruistic place, but thousands of years ago, when China was looking to try to expand their territory, they realized […]

Teenagers & Pain-Free Periods

I must admit, I am usually quite elated when a teenage patient walks through our doors seeking help for menstrual problems. Mostly because I know how much her life will change when she begins to have a regular, easy period without pain. Chinese Medicine is so very effective at treating menstrual irregularities, especially if one […]

Postpartum Depression: How Acupuncture Can Help

One of the things I wish we talked about more openly is that many women struggle with postpartum depression. It is common. I hope that we can all agree that there is no shame in experiencing it. There are many ways to get help with postpartum depression. In acupuncture, there are a few indicators pre-delivery […]

WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN ABOUT WOMEN’S HEALTH AND ACUPUNCTURE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER

As a teenager and well into my early twenties, I frequently suffered from dysmenorrhea– or painful periods. Everyone told me it was normal. Many of my matriarchs confided in me that  they had debilitating cramps when their cycles started and well through their school years– painful enough to send them home from work and school. […]

Painful Periods? Chinese Medicine Can Help

For years I thought that having a painful period (dysmenorrhea) was what every woman went through. Women grow up with a general cultural consensus that periods equal pain; you just have to take painkillers, feel miserable, and wait it out. Needless to say I was elated when acupuncture and Chinese herbs gave me a new […]

Post Partum Nutrition: How to Eat Well For You and Your New Baby

In the United States, I find we spend a great deal of time educating women about pre-and perinatal nutrition to foster a healthy baby, but as soon as they give birth, women enter a wasteland of information on how to properly rebuild themselves after the process of growing a small human. If you’re a woman considering […]

Heal Yourself With Food: Food Therapy For Blood Deficiency

Food Therapy For Blood Deficiency What does healthy blood do?  The concept of ‘blood’ in Chinese medicine encompasses a little bit more than our physiologic understanding of blood in the Western scientific world.  It also applies to the the denser, more fluid aspect of our bodies, as well as the vigor or vitality of our actual […]

What I Wish I Had Known About Women’s Health and Acupuncture When I Was Younger

As a teenager and well into my early twenties, I frequently suffered from dysmenorrhea– or painful periods. Everyone told me it was normal. Many of my matriarchs confided in me that  they had debilitating cramps when their cycles started and well through their school years– painful enough to send them home from work and school. […]