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Healthy women in Seattle WAOk, this is going to feel like a foreign concept to many. That’s because it is. But it’s one that has been tested and retested for thousands of years in Chinese physicians, daughters, mothers and grandmothers. It’s simple. Menstruation and childbirth are the most depleting things for a women’s body. This happens on a deep level, a level called jing which relates to genetics, aging, and vitality. Jing has a hormonal and reproductive aspect and also relates to your creative potential. Jing is limited and once it’s gone, it’s gone, and without it women suffer from problems with menses, fertility, menopause, libido and energy.   How can you support your body, prevent the loss of jing and enjoy better vitality?  The answer is menstrual and postpartum recovery practices. These activities help your body conserve and strengthen itself at these crucial transition times. This is one of the true gems I have found in Chinese medicine that can revolutionize the way women treat their bodies.

My grandmother may have been right when she told me that too much exercise would be bad for my ”lady parts.” I thought she was crazy. I played sports and loved them.  But I didn’t have the whole picture and neither did she. It’s not that ALL exercise is bad ALL the time. We know that’s not true. Here’s the key, it’s when and how you’re exercising that matters. Each phase of a women’s life and each phase of her cycle has different needs. Menarche (first menses), childbirth, menopause and after each period are all transition times where great care should be taken to support and protect the body.

Women are fundamentally tied to nature through our menstrual cycle. Just like Spring leads to Summer so does menarche lead to childbearing years and then to menopause. In our modern culture we have lost the connection to the cycles of nature and to our own natural cycles. In the winter, we eat summer time fruits and veggies and stay up late into the darkness of night. The same disconnection from nature leads us to take a spinning class and go to a late party on the third day of a heavy period. There is a time for everything. Listen to your intuition. Reconnect.

What can you do? During your period and post-partum: Rest, limit vigorous exercise, keep yourself warm, eat foods which nourish and replenish. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very powerful at this time. Listen to your body.

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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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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Enhancing Fertility with Chinese Medicine May 9th, 4-5 PM, $10

facilitated by Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

  • Learn ways to use diet, exercise, meditation and Chinese medicine to help you become pregnant.

Women’s Heart Health  Friday, May 20th, 5-6 PM, $10

facilitated by Dr. Rado Harrington, Health Coach

    • See the evidence that proves how a plant-based diet and exercise can significantly improve women’s heart health.

Postpartum Depression Tuesday, May 24th, 6PM $10

facilitated by Tina Michalski, MSW

  • But I should be happy !! Prevention and identification of this common issue.

 

  Why you can’t lose weight otherwise known as: STRESS  Wednesday, May 11th, noon-1 PM $10

facilitated by Dr. Rachel Erikson ND

  • Can’t lose weight? Tired all the time?? Learn how to feel like yourself again naturally.

All events held at Glow unless otherwise specified.

Space is limited and will be reserved for pre paid participants.

Please call to reserve your space. 206 568 7545

COMING IN JUNE:

The 4th Trimester: What Chinese medicine can teach about postpartum care Monday, June 6th, 4pm

facilitated by Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

Here in the west we focus so much on getting pregnant and being pregnant. The months following birth are considered to be a crucial time for a woman’s long-term health. Learn what to expect and what steps to take for optimal postpartum health.

Anger Management Tuesday, June 14th, 6PM

facilitated by Tina Michalski, MSW

Postural Assessments: Your Gait and Spine

Curious where your body has overcompensation or imbalances? Learn how to personalize your activities based on your current musculoskeletal structure.

facilitated by Dr. Heather Bergdors DC, DABCO

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