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Getting pregnant can be frustrating when it isn’t happening as easily as planned. There are many reasons you could be dealing with a difficult pregnancy including egg health. There are many factors that play into egg health including blood circulation, stress and hormonal balance. For improving blood and oxygen flow, try to get some sort of exercise whether it is yoga, running or simply going on a brisk walk at least three times a week. Ask a massage therapist about abdominal massage, which can increase blood flow to the reproductive system. Stress can also play a very important factor in egg health. Find ways to destress with meditation practices, acupuncture and deep breathing.
Hormonal imbalances in women are common and can result in weight gain, fatigue, skin problems, infertility and PMS. Hormones are an important part to our body’s growth and development, mood, reproduction and metabolism. To keep your body in balance, avoid high omega-6 polyunsaturated fats that are found in vegetable oils. Reduce your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine can have a negative impact on the endocrine system. Most importantly, make sure to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. When the body does not get enough rest, hormones cannot regulate.
There are many reasons that some women have a higher risk of breast cancer including both genetics and environmental impacts. Research has shown that keeping a diet of fresh, unprocessed foods can help the health of breast tissue. Chemical exposure from foods as well as other environmental factors have been shown to be high in women who have breast cancer. Foods to eliminate from your diet include highly processed foods, additives, canned foods and soy. Avoiding foods that are high in hormones and adding foods that are packed with antioxidants such as berries can help lower your risk of breast cancer.
Many women feel their metabolism has slowed over the years, making it harder to break down and burn calories and fat. Try adding more omega-3 fatty acids into your diet such as salmon and tuna. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to help regulate blood sugar and lower inflammation, which can then improve metabolic function. Increasing strength training can also help give the metabolism a boost. The more muscle you have, the more your resting metabolism will increase to burn fat.
Don’t let the cold and flu season get you down this year. There are many natural ways to boost your immune system to prevent illness and to improve energy levels. Assess your stress levels and take action if you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Spend some time practicing deep breathing or finding an activity that you find relaxing. Try adding in more garlic and ginger to your diet. These natural ingredients contain properties that help boost the immune system and lower cold and flu symptoms.
Everybody knows you should see your family physician at least once a year and your dentist at least twice a year. But not everybody knows about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and the many benefits it can provide for you. If you start incorporating acupuncture into your health and wellness regime, you may not have to rely on the family physician so much for those minor little issues. Let’s look at how getting regular acupuncture treatments can help you stay happy and healthy.
There are many ways acupuncture treatments can change a person’s life. One of the most noticeable is acupuncture can get you to look at your health from a completely different perspective. This could mean you might start taking a more in-depth look at your health, which may allow you to veer away from some of the mainstream medical practices such as multiple pharmaceuticals. Many long-term acupuncture patients find they no longer need all the medications prescribed by their family physician because the symptoms have been controlled using acupuncture.
Acupuncture is excellent for prevention. Because regular acupuncture treatments can balance hormones and boost immunity, there is a good chance you won’t need that annual flu shot or all those over-the-counter cold medications. A trained acupuncturist can spot a problem like decreased immunity from a mile away. It can appear as symptoms such as chronic fatigue, insomnia, and even body temperature fluctuations. A couple of treatments can make a big difference.
What about relieving some of that extra stress we all deal with? Yes, regular acupuncture treatments can keep that at bay too. Many people don’t equate being poked with tiny needles as a relaxation technique, but it truly is relaxing. Many patients actually fall asleep after or while the needles are being placed. And the effects can last for days or even weeks. So the next time you feel irritable and overwhelmed, check out your local licensed acupuncturist.
Regular acupuncture treatments can help you save money. What? It’s true. This goes back to the previous benefits. If you don’t need as many pharmaceuticals, you will ultimately save money. Also, conditions like stress, anxiety, fatigue, and depression can keep you from going to work, possibly costing you several days of pay. But with regular acupuncture treatments, your moods can be more effectively managed, and you won’t need to miss work as frequently.
And the most popular reason to get regular acupuncture treatments is that it will help you remain pain-free. We all have aches and pains. But research has shown acupuncture is more effective than opioids for controlling things like arthritic pain in the joints. It has also been incorporated into hospital emergency rooms throughout the United States, so people don’t need as many pain medications. As a matter of fact, in Asia, acupuncture is sometimes used by itself during and after surgical procedures to treat pain.
While many of you may have a needle phobia, don’t let that deter you. Acupuncture is part of an amazing medical system that has been around for nearly 3,000 years. Western medicine has only been around for about 200 to 250 years. That puts things in perspective a little, especially considering that most people in Asian countries live longer, happier, healthier lives than almost everybody in the United States. There’s no better time than the present to start a good habit. Just be sure to seek out a fully trained and licensed acupuncturist. Your whole life just might change for the better.
Chinese herbs have a long history of use in aiding fertility and preventing miscarriage. Chinese medicine can be used in conjunction with any assisted fertility treatment. By complementing Chinese herbs before IVF or other fertility treatments, will prepare the body for increasing and strengthening fertility.
Chinese medicinal use of its unique patterned diagnoses; treat the human body as a whole, without separating the affected organ from the rest of body. Chinese medicine uses Chinese philosophy and science to assist the individual person to achieve Qi/Blood sufficiency in the quantity and quality of the flow, at the same time, reaching the required state of Yin/Yang and the Five Elements (kidney, liver, spleen, heart, and lung) in balancing the body.
Researches show that different Chinese herbal formulas have different effects on the body such as, improving the quality of the eggs, promoting ovulation, regulating hormone secretion, expelling blockage of uterus and enhance the quality of sperms, etc. Chinese medicine uses mainly ingredients that are derived from roots, barks, leaves, flowers and fruits of the plants, made into tablets, capsules, decoctions (teas) and granules.
In the Chinese Medical Clinic, after a consultation, we mainly prescribe concentrated herbal granule formulas according to each person’s condition.
Common conditions of infertility:
1. Polycystic ovary syndrome
2. Premature ovary failure
4. Blocked fallopian tubes
5. Uterine fibroids
6. Male infertility
7. Unexplainable infertility
Qi /Energy (pronounced as Chi)
The concept of Qi is based on the ancient Chinese understanding of natural phenomena. That is, Qi is the most basic substance of which the world is comprised. Everything in the universe results from the movements and changes of Qi. Qi is the life force. Qi flows through 14 main meridians forming a network within the body, so that they work as one unit. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ, which follows a set pathway in the body. When a person is healthy, the Qi moves smoothly through the meridians. If however, the flow is blocked or the flow is too weak or too strong, then illness occurs.
YIN and YANG
Yin and Yang are an ancient Chinese philosophical concept. Yin and Yang are the two fundamental principles or forces in the universe, ever opposing and supplementing each other. For example: day and night, hot and cold, outside and inside, movement and stability, rising and falling, woman and man, summer and winter, etc. When YIN and YANG within the body are mutually supportive and in balance, the body is healthy.
According to the theory of five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water are five basic substances that constitute the material world. These substances are not only of the relations with generation and restriction but set in a state of constant motion and change. In the human body five elements are linked with the five organs: wood-liver, fire-heart, earth-spleen, metal-lung, and water-kidney.
It is based on the Four Examinations: Observation, Odor, Questioning, and Pulse- Taking to gather the information about the patient’s lifestyle, diet, medical history and emotional state, as well as thorough examination of the patient’s tongue and pulse. The strength and rhythm and quality of the pulse indicate the energy of different organs and state of the disease. The tongue through its shape, color and coating indicate the nature, progress and severity of the illness.