From evidence-based interventions to old wives tales, there are many ways women try to promote labor naturally. Whether you are anxiously anticipating your due date, your due date has come and gone, or you are trying to avoid a scheduled medical induction, there are several practices worth trying to help prepare your body for labor.
The Boston Marathon is less than 2 weeks away!
You’ve made it through months of winter training, through cold morning runs on icy roads. With only a few weeks until Marathon Monday many runners are starting to feel the impact of arduous training over the past few months. I know because I see them in my clinic.
Whether you’re a qualifying entrant in the Boston Marathon or a casual runner, acupuncture can offer relief from nagging pain, accelerate recovery, and prevent injury.
When it comes to Eastern Medicine, acupuncture has perhaps enjoyed the greatest mainstream attention, but if all the new herbal apothecaries popping up in trendy neighborhoods of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Portland, and Burlington, are any indication, herbal medicine’s time has come.
In these pharmacies some of the most popular herbs are known as adaptogens. As the name implies, adaptogens are a category of herbs that help the body “adapt” to stress. As an herbalist and holistic health practitioner I have incredible respect for the body’s innate intelligence, which helps us adapt to our environment and maintain balance. These herbs fit seamlessly into this framework as facilitators of the body’s adaptation processes.
When stressors in our life, both internal and external, exceed the body’s capacity to adapt, these herbs provide the additional support the body needs to reestablish balance.
As soon as they find our their pregnant many of my patients and friends ask “What can acupuncture do for me during pregnancy?”
Pregnancy and even preconception are such great opportunities to cultivate a healthy lifestyle in anticipation and preparation of the arrival of your new baby.
To support their efforts and to promote optimal health for you and baby, acupuncture offers an effective and safe solution. Most women will experience some undesirable symptoms associated with pregnancy, whether it be morning sickness, sciatica, or constipation, just to name a few. My patients love knowing that they can find relief from their symptoms in a way that is not only effective, but safe for her and her baby.
Did you know there is a natural technique known as moxibustion that can be used to turn a breech baby? Did you know that it is effective in turning a baby in 75% of cases?
Going into the last weeks of pregnancy knowing your baby is breech can be very anxiety provoking. At a time that can be very stressful, moxibustion offers a safe and effective solution with the added bonus of promoting relaxation and empowering partners to be actively involved in the care of mom and baby.
I like to believe we all want to eat well. We want to fill our bodies with nutritious foods that satisfy our hunger, stabilize our blood sugar, support a healthy metabolism, and keep us upbeat, energetic, and youthful. I also believe that we are in over our heads with work, family life, and other time commitments. When time is limited, our daily to-dos take priority over nutritious diets.
Regardless of your busy schedule, adding these 5 foods to your daily routine is achievable and worth the minimal effort they require.
While adding these 5 foods to your daily routine doesn’t give you license to spend the rest of your day eating junk food, my hope is that they can be gateway foods to a more nutritious diet once you realize how simple and beneficial it can be to eat healthy.
I am a woman, but I am also a scientist, which means I love anything that can help make my life as a woman easier, but I want to be sure the data it is accurate and reproducible. Therefore I’ve been doing an experiment recently to compare the effectiveness and predictive ability of several fertility tracker methods, including Basal Body Temperature charting (I’ll explain this in more detail below) and several common apps.
Are you on Birth Control Pills (BCPs)? It’s more than likely you are since they are given out like skittles for whatever ails a woman. Menstrual cramps? PMS symptoms? acne? contraception? We’ve got the pill for that! That should be red flag #1. A pill for everything? If you are experiencing PMS symptoms, menstrual cramps or acne, it is an indication that the endocrine system needs recalibration, not suppression.
Chinese Medicine is a wealth of wisdom when it comes to protecting us against colds and flus and supporting our immunity.
While our theoretical understanding of what causes illness has evolved, the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine provides valuable guidance that is as relevant now as it was thousands of years ago. Here are 4 simple and highly effective strategies to get you through the winter season cold and flu-free: