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Have you noticed the new Therapeutic Gemstone Jewelry at the reception desk at Glow?  Many of the pieces address female health concerns, including fertility, pregnancy, birth and post partum recovery.  One stone you will find in many of these pieces is Unakite, a little known stone used especially for fertility, pregnancy and birth.  Unakite is a type of jasper, olive green and peach color and is found in the Unaka’s mountains in North Carolina, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.  It nourishes both mother and child throughout pregnancy and birth and many doulas like to have some in the roomfertility jewelry seattle for labor and delivery.  If you have any questions about Unakite, or any of the other gems in the jewelry at Glow, feel free to talk with Holly about them.

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Chinese Medicine for pregnancy in Seattle WAPregnancy can be a very fulfilling and sometimes overwhelming time. It gives you an opportunity understand and support the natural creative cycle. Each stage relates to an elemental phase of the Dao. Simple practices can harmonize the natural energies that are working through you and your child at that time. No matter what symptoms you may be feeling, or stressors you may have in your life, it allows you a touch stone to return to your path and support the path of your developing baby.

Mothers instinctively feel the womb to be a connection to another world. According to Daoist thinking, the child is a “shaman” bridging heaven and earth.  It is conceived into the watery “world” of the womb. Pregnancy is a creative cycle with the same phases as life outside the womb. Each month a new type of elemental energy is entering into your child and making him or her who she will become. This phase can be supported with specific foods, activities and treatments. Birth marks the death of the child’s “womb spirit” and entrance into the outside world.

In our modern culture we tend to think of a child’s characteristics as pretty much set after conception. The genes of the mother and father have combined into a new life. It has its own preset destiny of brown hair, brown eyes, tall, short, sweet tempered or hotheaded. We avoid things like alcohol, soft cheeses and hot tubs. The ancient Daoists went much deeper. They observed the seasons and the weather. They understood and documented the natural cycles, including the “elements.” They believed it is important to support these natural phases during pregnancy and minimize anything that might disturb them.

Working with the Dao of Pregnancy supports fetal development and the mother’s health. Through years of working with pregnant woman I have become intimately familiar with each phase and the Elements and actions to balance them. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offers wonderful options in the office. But my time with patients is short. There is more that can be done at home to harmonize the energies for optimal health in pregnancy and for the health of the child once it is born.

We help you have the happiest and healthiest pregnancy, birth, and baby. Take this precious time to connect with yourself, your baby and the nature cycles you are both experiencing. Make an appointment for acupuncture to support your pregnancy today.

Lindsey Lawson Acupuncture in Seattle WALindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy, happy living, food and is a regular blogger.  For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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I remember years ago when I did yoga in the basement of a Methodist Church in Wallingford with Bill Mitchel. Maybe some of you Lavender Seattle WAuse to go there too. It was magical. Bill was one of the founders of Bastyr. I never met John Bastyr but I met the other founder and author Joe Pizzorno many times. He was the school president when I was there. Bill was much cooler. Picture a healthy, balding, pretty fit grandpa. He believed in nature as healer and was truly gifted as a teacher.

I’d come to class and he’d be in his work clothes then strip down to his undershirt and boxers.  He’d cue some awesome, inspiring hippy music while we all settled in. We waited in relaxed anticipation when it was finally quiet and he’d close his eyes and start to grunt, sigh and talk. “Grandmothers, grandfathers……..”grunt, pause. “Moon and Sun…” Sitting cross-legged and gently but erratically swaying. This is how it always started and he went “somewhere else.” Opening to another world and taking us with him. After the yoga was done he’s always pass around an herbal tincture, tell us about its function, and invite us to taste then meditate on the spirit of the plant.

I’ve used Lavender Essential Oil clinically for many years. Heck, I even used it during the birth of my son! I’ve been amazed at the effects I’ve seen it have to relieve stress, reduce pain, soothe skin and just bring us into the moment. Powerful but gentle. When I journeyed to the plant myself she came as a Grandmother. I really like that image because we are often disconnected from our extended family but Lavender can deliver a big grandmotherly hug whenever you need one. I bought a bottle on a whim to pack for my birth. My doula mentioned that many laboring women find Lavender or Orange essential oils helpful. I thought “oh what the heck.” I swear every contraction I had I was huffing that stuff. It really made a difference for me.

I combined Lavender with Eucalyptus in our bath salts to soften the energizing quality of the Eucolyptus and add more stress relieving effects. Simple but effective and smells oh so good. Eucalyptus on its own is pain relieving, immune boosting and energizing. Adding the Lavender it calms down a bit, but leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

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Ideally a woman begins working on her reproductive health with East Asian Medicine 3 months prior to the time she wants to conceive. This gives time to normalize the cycle and increases the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby. In Chinese medical terms, it’s a time to balance yin, yang, qi and blood. It’s a perfect time to move qi and blood to improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries as well as reduce stress.

Women who feel more comfortable with a less invasive treatment and who are young, with good ovarian reserve and without known correctable causes of infertility, could try acupuncture before attempting hormone therapies or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with treatments done by your doctor or fertility specialist.

Treatments are typically given 1 time per week. Factors such as the complexity of the complaint, toxins from medications, hereditary influences, recurrent low level infections, lifestyle habits, and other illnesses can influence the length of treatment. Certain conditions like the following are more difficult to treat and may require a longer treatment protocol:

  • Cysts, fibroids, PCOS, PMS, anovulation, endometriosis, luteal phase defect
  • Chinese herbs and dietary changes are often part of the treatment.

Preconception In the first phase of treatment will regulate the menstrual cycle by increasing circulation to the pelvic cavity and nourishing energy and vitality. During this phase periods should become more regular, the flow should be bright red and without clots, minimal or cramping and less breast tenderness. Other benefits include decreased stress, better sleep, improved energy and warmer hands and feet. Most women become open and fertile for conception.

Factors such as the complexity of the complaint, toxins from medications, hereditary influences, lifestyle habits, and other illnesses can influence the length of treatment. (more…)

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