I have been seeing more infertility in clinic recently. Most everyone questions, "What causes infertility?" and "What can I do to help myself?" Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are excellent as a stand alone therapy, or as a complement to modern fertility treatments. Acupuncture can help by regulating your body's systems, which aides in blood flow to the reproductive organs and stabilizes hormone levels. This will increase ovarian function in women as well as sperm production in men.
The origins of infertility or difficulty conceiving, according to traditional Chinese medicine, are related to upbringing and lifestyle. These origins are:
In traditional Chinese medicine, infertility occurs when the body cannot produce an egg, the egg cannot be fertilized, or the fertilized egg cannot be nourished. When diagnosing infertility, your acupuncturist is differentiating between deficiency or excess. For example, we are trying to determine whether a woman cannot conceive because her body is failing to nourish the uterus since there is a lack of energy or because there is a pathogenic factor blocking the uterus and preventing fertilization.
Luckily, once an appropriate diagnosis and differentiation is reached, acupuncture and Chinese herbs are excellent resources to balance out the body so an egg can be produced, fertilized, and nourished into a healthy baby!
If you have been diagnosed with infertility, here are some tips to help take care of yourself:
If you have more specific questions or would like to schedule a free consultation to learn more about how traditional Chinese medicine can help your specific condition, please reach out to me! I would love to chat with you! (303) 349-4575, email@example.com.
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology in Chinese Medicine, 2nd ed.; G. Maciocia
I have a different perspective about wrinkles. I like them. I think lines can be attractive and show that you've lived life. Getting them is inevitable, but you do have control over how many you have and where they are.
Wrinkles are caused by many different things, from the amount of oil in the skin, the climate, or sun damage to repeated facial expressions. So what makes some people get so many wrinkles and others so few?
The first type is the person who doesn't feel very much and therefore doesn't express much. These people are not emotionally present. They may stay unwrinkled longer, but the drawback to living this way is that they are usually unprepared for emotional traumas and have trouble coping. When these people do suffer a trauma, they seem to age overnight. This is an advantage to suffering while you are young. It may cause early lines, but it will keep you from getting lines later because you learn how to deal with life while you are still resilient.
The second type of person who doesn't wrinkle much is the one who is reclusive and lives away from the stresses of the world. Monks and nuns are a good example. Because their biological needs are taken care of, their lives are sheltered. Stress definitely accelerates the aging process, and it is almost impossible to live in the modern world without stress. A balanced life might include frequent retreats to destress and dewrinkle.
The third type of person is one who does not hold onto past trauma. Many people cling to the wounds of the past and torment themselves daily. It doesn't really matter what happens to you in life, what matters is how you feel about it and how you deal with it. There is no such thing as a bad emotion. The only bad emotions are stuck emotions. This inability to release emotion can cause many health problems and lines on the face.
If you can, learn to love the features you have. All features have special meaning and, when looked at as a whole, have a beauty and symmetry that needs to be honored and understood.
And if past trauma is marking your face, consider cosmetic acupuncture to soften those lines and heal from the inside out.
For more thoughts: Face Reading in Chinese Medicine, Lillian Bridges
Acupuncture is a go-to therapy for many elite athletes, but you don't have to be going to the Olympics this summer in order to experience its benefits in your athletic adventures. Whether you're a crossfitter, yogi, weekend warrior, or young athlete, acupuncture can help you feel stronger, healthier, and more aware.
We all know that acupuncture works great for sports injuries by decreasing inflammation (swelling, bruising, redness), relaxing muscles and tendons, calming spasms, improving circulation, and lowering the body's pain response. And this is wonderful for athletes who go through a lot of wear and tear on their bodies.
But you may be surprised to learn that acupuncture is actually most beneficial when incorporated into training and recovery regimes, before an injury surfaces. Those who do notice better performance, fewer injuries, and more enjoyment!
5 Reasons to Start Using Acupuncture for Athletics
There's no denying it. Acupuncture is an excellent modality for all aspects of any athletes' health and well-being. Find an acupuncturist you vibe with and give it a try!
The ability to adapt to the stresses of life is fundamental to life itself. Adaptability is the root of evolution and the rate limiting factor to biological success. Fortunately, human beings are one of the most adaptable creatures on earth. We have adapted to almost every climate. People live in some of the hottest, driest, dampest, coldest, and most barren parts of the earth.
In this age, a healthy person easily adapts to a wide range of normal stressors, such as changes in weather, nutrition, emotions, or physical activity. Success could be measured by how well we handle stress. Those who manage stress well generally take on greater challenges, overcome more obstacles, and get more accomplished.
Successfully adapting to change is the truest way to grow in experience, knowledge, and wisdom. The more adaptive an individual, the more vigor with which one can meet the challenges of life, and the greater that person's heath.
But if we lose this fundamental ability, we stiffen and lose our ability to change. Therefore, we easily become imbalanced and stagnant, and dangerously susceptible to disease.
Traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of flowing with nature's changes; constantly harmonizing, always maintaining balance to avoid the extremes. By knowing when you have gone far enough, you will lead a less stressed, less draining life. Additionally, by living close to nature and changing gracefully with your environment, you can avoid disaster and slow down aging.
One of the greatest secrets of a satisfying and happy life, according to traditional Chinese medicine wisdom, is to focus on promoting health instead of managing disease. Physical health is irrelevant if it is accompanied by unhappiness, trouble, or failure. It is necessary and possible to cultivate an attitude of holistic health so the body, mind, and spirit can flourish. Total success takes determination, knowledge, and discipline.
But we don't have to do it alone. While we already have excellent adaptive systems in place, such as the work done by our liver, kidneys, and digestive tract, sometimes we can use a tune up to function optimally. Regular acupuncture and tonic Chinese herbs are wonderful resources to promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Traditional Chinese medicine can help you look and feel your best. Try out a system of healing that's full of wisdom and perfect for the modern age.
Inspiration: The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs, Ron Teeguarden
I have been getting this question a lot recently, especially at my Ft. Morgan location. Patients want to know the difference between dry needling and acupuncture. So, I have created this chart to compare the two modalities.
Acupuncturists, Doctors, Physical Therapists, did I overlook anything? Patients, what has been your experience, good or bad, with either modality?
Yesterday, I made chicken bone broth. I drink bone broth to improve immune function, support the endocrine system, heal the digestive tract, increase blood cell count, and a source of dissolved minerals. And there are many other health benefits to drinking bone broth, too!
While traditional Chinese medicine views each person as unique, bone broth is one thing that every person can include in their diet without harm. It's not too much of an inconvenience to make at home and definitely worth the effort. Making your own bone broth is one of the more affordable ways to remain healthy, especially since you can use kitchen scraps.
I take a whole roasted rotisserie chicken and remove the skin and meat from the bone. Of course, a higher quality chicken will yield higher quality bone broth. I put the bones and a few pieces of skin to a slow cooker and add leftover veggies like celery greens and ends, onion and garlic with skins, carrots, mushrooms, and green onions. I also added some excellent herbs and spices such as ginger, turmeric, black pepper, and bay leaves. I didn't have any on hand this time but star anise and cinnamon are also wonderful additions.
Then I cover with water and set the slow cooker for 24 hrs. After about 24 hours, I pick out the larger veggies and bones, then drain the broth through a colander into a glass container and store in the fridge. It's that simple!
This morning, I had a cup with whisked eggs (a modified eggdrop soup), a large handful of spinach, and some avocado. Bone broth is also fantastic for soup bases, braising veggies, or sipping by itself.
Notes For Cooking
Neiguan is one of the most important points in traditional Chinese medicine due to its many different functions.
It opens the chest, and therefore, can be used for any chest problems causing pain, stuffiness, or tightness.
It helps to harmonize the stomach and subdue the upward rushing of energy manifesting as nausea or vomiting. It also helps with acid regurgitation, belching, dizziness, and hiccuping.
Neiguan has a powerful calming action on the mind and can be used to help with anxiety or irritability. It is excellent to promote restful sleep and help with pre-menstrual depression and moodiness. Not only does it help you digest food but emotions as well.
Interestingly, this point is effective in alleviating neck aches originating from the back of the head, especially in women.
Lastly, an acupuncturist might choose this point to help regulate irregular or painful menses.
Use Neiguan for pain management, stress, and digestion. Let me know if you've tried it and how it worked.
Here are some traditional Chinese medicine inspired tips to be happy and healthy all summer long. The driving principles are awareness and balance. Happy Summer!
1. Be active
By being active in the summer, you are complementing the extra Yang energy that is available this time of year. Exercise keeps blood and oxygen circulating so that nutrients are more able to nourish the body. Since summer is associated with the heart and the fire element, this is a perfect time to pay attention to start or boost your exercise.
2. Be social
Characteristics of the fire element include joy, communication, and connection. Hanging out with friends or engaging with strangers is an excellent way to tap into these characteristics. Nurturing these qualities not only makes summer more fun, but also eases the transition to introspective autumn and winter.
Every element has an emotion and its expression. Fire’s emotion is joy and its expression is laughter. So tell the jokes, laugh at other’s jokes, and fuel your fire.
4. Enjoy “cool” foods
Summer is the one time of year where it is OK to cool down foods. It’s not a license to chug ice cold water all day or eat raw salad at every meal, but cooler foods, such as raw fruits and veggies, are better tolerated in the summer.
5. Hang out near water
All elements in TCM keep each other in balance, and none so apparent than water balancing fire. Being physically near water in the summer is grounding and reminds us of the interconnectedness of life.
With more daylight and social events, sometimes sleep is not a priority in the summer. But sleep is a function of the heart (the organ system of summer), and keeping a regular sleep schedule helps prevent imbalance in the heart.
Thoughts and practical tips to help you look and feel your best based in the wisdom of Chinese medicine.
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