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A TCM Approach to Nourishing The New Mother: Acupuncture & Dietary Therapy for Postpartum Healing

By Lauren Dyer, MSA, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM) Postpartum depression (PPD) is a sensitive and stigmatized condition that afflicts 1 in 7[1] or 11-20%[2] of women each year. Even a 15% average[3] of 4 million live births[4] each year in the United States means that nearly 600,000[5] women a year suffer from PPD. These figures do not account for women who miscarry …

10 Key Ways Acupuncture Supports Women’s Health

Increasingly more Americans are turning to Chinese medicine to find symptomatic relief and long-term healing. Western medical facilities are incorporating these therapies at unprecedented rates. In fact, in October of this year, Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, gave a keynote address at the International Conference on the Modernization of Traditional Chinese …

Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month: Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Pulmonary Hypertension Treatment

A specific form of high blood pressure that impacts the lungs, pulmonary hypertension is a chronic ailment that can have a devastating impact on the sufferer’s way of life. If untreated, the condition can lead to heart failure. During Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness month, the public is alerted to this common condition, which frequently goes undiagnosed. …

Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Treatment of Yeast Infections

Up to 75 percent of women will suffer through a yeast infection, or candidiasis, at least once in their lifetimes, and many women experience at least two episodes, reports Mayo Clinic. This fungal infection is caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. It often leaves women with frustrating and sometimes debilitating …

The Effects of Eastern and Western Medicine on Female Infertility Associated with Advanced Maternal Age: A Literature Review

By Stacy Frankovitz Reisner, MPH Age is a significant factor that can affect a woman’s ability to conceive. As many women are postponing childbearing for later in their reproductive lives, infertility is becoming increasingly prevalent. According to the 2013 National Vital Statistics Reports,1 birth rates for women aged 30-39 years and 45-49 years increased (2% …

Addressing Estrogen Dominance in Perimenopausal Women Using TCM

By Jill Blakeway, MS, LAc “I have more perimenopausal patients with estrogen dominance than I used to and they worry me. How can Chinese medicine help with that?” This question came from a colleague of mine who is a gynecologist, oncologist and a surgeon. Her focus is preventing and treating cancers of the female reproductive organs …

A Practitioner’s Guide to Longevity Medicine for Women

By Lia Andrews, DAOM, LAc “The superior physician treats that which is not yet ill. The inferior physician treats that which is already ill.” –Ling Shu Chapter 55 Every practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine is armed with this famed quote in school, yet we quickly finds him or herself out in the real world of …

MaMassage: The Benefits of Prenatal Massage for Mamas-to-be

I believe massage therapy has a ripple effect–a radiating energy, an extension of our clients’ own healing processes, on through to the other humans within their circle. In our work with pregnant clients, this connection is even more obvious, and infinitely rewarding. When we work with a woman who is carrying another human inside her, we are essentially working with two people simultaneously. As practitioners of touch therapy, we must be fully present to be mindful of that fact. Part of our role as therapist is to educate our clients (and other health care practitioners) about the many benefits that purposeful bodywork engenders for both the mother and the baby.

TCM to Treat Endometriosis Symptoms

Endometriosis is a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. Endometriosis can be associated with backache, painful defecation and/or rectal bleeding, premenstrual spotting, sciatica, urinary frequency and pain, vomiting, abdominal pain and swelling. Any single endometriosis symptom is troubling, but in …

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Natural Menopause Relief

Menopause and its accompanying discomforts include hot flashes, insomnia, and mood swings. A natural, but dreaded condition for American women, menopause does not seem to have nearly the same effect on women in China. It’s an interesting fact that 75% of American women experience noticeable menopausal discomfort, while only 10% of Asian women experience the …