When I first began my Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I went into the medicine thinking I would treat more pain management but in my clinical studies I found the amazing benefits of Chinese Medicine and women’s health. That is where the passion grew and now, 10.5 years practicing, I still find the amazing effects of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in helping women get pregnant.

Chinese Medicine offers much to those who are trying to get pregnant. Let’ first look at the role acupuncture has in fertility. Chinese Medicine views that body with a different “lens”. Understanding the health of the menstrual cycle, the health of the individual patient and her partner (he she has one) enables me to get an understanding of any imbalances in the reproductive system that need to be addressed in order to help boost fertility. The entire body is looked at when trying to understand why a person is not conceiving. I also ask for any types of hormone tests and sperm analysts tests that were performed. Using an integrative approach helps women naturally conceive or boosts their chances of getting pregnant with IVF or IUI’s. Here is a simple breakdown of Chinese Medicine “archetypes” when looking at fertility:

I). Dry Types: These individuals are often dry vaginally and have scanty fertility mucus during ovulation. Sometimes they have to use a lubricant during intercourse. They can experience long menstrual cycles, night sweats, warm hands and feet and can also experience insomnia and anxiety. They can even experience hot flashes even if they are young. There period tend to be light and dark. They can be diagnosed with amennorrhea (no menstruation), high FSH and low estradiole.

Treatment: The treatment aim is to help help nourish fluids. A seed can not grow in dry soil. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary recommendations, sleep and rest are important to help fluids.

II). Damp Types: These individuals are the opposite of dry. The have may experience vaginal mucus through out the month. The are normally heavier, and can experience sinus congestion, post nasal drip and bloating particularly around ovulation to the period. These individuals can also be diagnosed with PCOS or ovarian cysts.

Treatment: Acupuncture aimed at moving pathological fluids that may block ovulation or make the uterine lining less optimal for implantation. Chinese herbs help to

III). Cold Types: These individuals can have cold hands and feet, experience pain around the period. They can have low basal body temperatures and can also be diagnosed hypothyroid. They can experience watery long menstrual flows.

Treatment: To warm the body using moxa, chinese herbs, acupuncture and dietary recommendations.

IV). Stagnation Types: These individuals can be diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”. They have pain during ovulation and before the period. They may experience headaches prior to the period, have cysts, breast tenderness, bloating and experience definite PMS signs. They are generally depressed or they may feel stuck in their life.

Treatment: Acupuncture to help balance hormones and improve ovulation. Herbs to help improve blood circulation and implantation in the uterus.

V). Blocked: These individuals experience painful menstruation with fixed pain in the lower abdomen, clotting during menstruation, headaches on the onset of menstruation. They can have fibroids or myomas. They also can be diagnosed with endometriosis.

Treatment: I normally have patients “not try” for a couple months while improving blood flow and removing masses or “stuck” menstrual tissue that may be impeding implantation.

VI). Blood Deficiency Types: These types are also dry types but they tend to feel dry but do not feel warm but instead cold. They tend to have light periods, can experience dizziness, heart palpitations, and may be anemic.

Treatment: Nourish blood through acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine, diet and vitamins.

This is a more simple idea of the types of “patterns’ seen in fertility. Often times, there are many patterns they are presented so it is the art and clinical skills of the practitioner that help to understand how to treat patients in order to get pregnant. Chinese Medicine helps to optimize fertility and helps boost the natural process of the body so pregnancy takes place from conception to birth.

If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call #917.763.8560.

 

In my practice, a number of women have come to me for the treatment of PCOS. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a disorder of the reproductive system where testosterone levels are normally elevated. Signs and symptoms are irregular menstruation, thickened body hair, middle weight gain. An ultrasound can detect a “string of pearls” around the ovaries” where there are cysts that surround the ovary.

Women who have PCOS often have irregular menstruation or an delayed menstruation. Some woman who are diagnosed with PCOS do not fit the “normal” prototype of PCOS where the only sign of PCOS is irregular menstruation.

PCOS is normally treated by the birth control pill to help regulate menstruation and balance hormones. The issue is once a woman is off the bpc, menstrual irregularity appears again. This can be an issue if she wants to get pregnant.

Chinese Medicine’s Approach to PCOS

In Chinese Medicine, the treatment approach to PCOS is dependent on the symptoms of the menstrual cycle along with the whole body health. Not all cases of PCOS are treated the same. In PCOS, I have seen predominantly two types: phlegm damp where there is weight gain, prolonged menstrual cycles or no menstrual cycles. The other pattern which does not fit your normal PCOS type is one where there are prolonged period or an absence of menstruation. These types can also be diagnosed after the bpc. These individuals have poor sleep, anxiety, vaginal dryness and overall dryness. Other patterns can include those who have hypothyroidism, or suffer from cold.

The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that it helps to “restart” the menstrual cycle naturally. Understanding the body’s biodynamics and pathology present in PCOS enables me to carefully build a treatment plan in order to help women get their menstrual cycle back.

Acupuncture helps to balance hormones and help to boost ovulation and remove the build up of fluids that cause stagnation in the ovaries. It helps to circulate blood flow to the ovaries and uterus which helps hormones to become balanced. In dry types of PCOS, nourishment is needed in order to restart the menstrual cycle. These individuals may also have low estradiole. Estrogen helps to build the follicle which then reaches a certain size for ovulation to take place. When estradiole is low it takes longer for ovulation to takes place, thus menses. That is why periods can be delayed. Herbal medicine plays a critical role in PCOS, in conjunction with acupuncture, herbal medicine improves ovulation and menstruation and both help to boost fertility.

Aside from acupuncture and herbal medicine, diet also plays an important role in regulating hormones. Patients with PCOS should avoid dairy, fried foods, saturated fats and foods high in glucose.

Case History

Jenny (anonymous name) was 20 years old when she came to my office. She was diagnosed with PCOS by her gynecologist. She had irregular menstruation, anxiety and she also suffered from acne and poor sleep. After meeting with Jenny, I understood that her fluids (kidnely and liver yin) were deplete and therefore the heat in her body was present which caused acne and anxiety. I put her on an herbal regiment and told her to do a bbt chart in order to monitor her temperatures in the morning. I also told her to look out for egg white discharge which can signify that ovulation was going to take place. Jenny took the herbs and acupuncture for 6 weeks and she ovulated. After four months of treatment her menses came every 28 days, her acne cleared, her anxiety is gone and she can now sleep. This is the power of Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture and herbs help to treat PCOS naturally.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. Please call our office at 917.763.8560.

Amenorrhea is a missed period of three months or when a female fails to menstruate at puberty.  There are many factors that can cause the period to cease:

  • Too much exercise
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Underweight
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Thyroid Issues
  • Low Estradiol Levels
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast Feeding
  • Menopause

Diagnosis and Treatment

When a female has not had her period it is important to rule out pregnancy. If a pregnancy test is negative, the next step is to get tested with a hormone panel and sonogram. Different treatments can be given depending on the diagnosis. For thyroid issues, a synthetic hormone is given. Women are often put on the birth control pill if they do not receive their period. This helps to bring on a period but this is not the female’s “true” menstrual cycle taking place. If a woman is underweight it is important to have enough fat stores in the body for the menstrual cycle to be present. Reduced exercise regiment is given to women who are over exercising.

Another treatment to help bring on the menstrual cycle is Provera. Provera is synthetic progesterone. It is taken for a certain amount of days and when it is stopped it signals the body to shed the uterine lining. The hope is this causes the body to signal the feedback loop to restart the menstrual cycle. This can sometimes happen and sometimes not.

How Does Chinese Medicine Work To Bring On The Period

Chinese Medicine offers a great benefit to females who have the absence of their period. First, let’s break down the menstrual cycle. When pregnancy does not take place, progesterone drops and it signals the feedback loop. When an individual does not have their period, there is pathology in this natural cycle.

Patterns of Amenorrhea in Chinese Medicine

Dry Type

Women who experience low estrogen and can be underweight, have hot flashes or be on the warm side often experiencing night sweats are seen as “yin” deficient. These individuals can see their periods getting lighter and lighter until it finally stops all together. This is a type of fluid insufficiency that is different than hydrating through water. Estrogen is cooling and nourishing. It helps follicle growth as well as helps the uterine lining grow. Women who are yin deficient are dry and therefore there is no “growth” taking place. If the follicle fails to grow, ovulation does not take place and as a result, menses is not present. Chinese Herbs that help replenish the estrogen and fluids, which restore the body’s natural fluids. This is done through herbs, diets and sleep.

Hormonal Fluctuations

Amenorrhea can be due to hormonal imbalances seen as”qi stagnation” in the reproductive system. This can often be due to stress. These individuals may have had bad PMS, headaches before their menstrual cycle as well as cramping before their period starts. Weight gain, bloating and breast tenderness are also signs of qi stagnation. These individuals have a blocked menstruation.

Cold Uterus

Some women may have a cold environment in their uterus that can also block the menses. Treatment is given to warm the uterus and disinhibit menstrual flow.

Blood Deficiency

The women are dry, with dry hands, feet and skin. Their periods become lighter and eventually stop. Women who are vegetarians are who are underweight fall in this category. They may also experience a thin uterine lining.

Treatment for Amenorrhea with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

The treatment of amenorrhea in Chinese Medicine is looking at the entire individual. A combination of acupuncture, herbs and dietary therapy as well as lifestyle modifications can be given. I am a big fan of Chinese Medicine not only because I am an acupuncturist but also because there are limited treatments to help bring on a period if a woman has low estradiol levels or they are blood deficient. The aim is restoring hormone levels and helping support the natural cycle in a woman’s reproductive system. I normally give my patients a bbt chart to fill out so I can identify their basal body temperature. This is a tool that I use to also diagnose my patients root causes of amenorrhea.

Acupuncture helps to stimulate the “signaling” of the Hypothalamus Pituitary. This helps to activate the secretion of hormones, follicle growth and ovulation. Chinese Herbal medicine in conjunction with acupuncture help to balance hormones, move stuck energy flow in the reproductive system as well as relieve stress. Women with low estradiole levels do very well on herbs since there is no other treatment therapy to help bring on their natural cycle. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations may be needed as well as stress management in certain cases of amenorrhea.

Case Study

Catherine (patient name is changed for privacy) came into my office. She had lost her period when she was 16 years old when she switch high schools. She described her first year in high school as being stressful and anxious. Catherine was now 22 years old and currently in college where she still had not received her period. She suffered from anxiety, night sweats, was warm at night and acne on her chin and cheeks. She also had bouts of insomnia. Her hormone panel and sonogram showed “normal” test results and the absence of polyps, cysts, and uterine fibroids.

Catherine’s diagnosis was one of kidney and liver yin deficiency heat with a liver qi stagnation. Catherine was dry; she did not have enough fluids for a follicle and uterine lining to grow. Her heat signs were indicative of this. Her acne was indicative of heat as well as a hormonal imbalance. Catherine’s regiment was weekly acupuncture and a customized herbal medicine tea which she drank daily. The result three months later was she got her period. Other symptoms that improved was that she could sleep better, her acne went away and her anxiety was great reduced. She continued the herbs for another two months and a year later she is still getting her period. It fully resumed.

If you have amenorrhea, it is important to first go see your gynecologist for testing. Chinese Medicine is an effective treatment to help resume the period.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 917.763.8560.

 

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Acupuncture and the Treatment of Headaches and Migraines

Many people suffer from migraines and headaches. What I tell patients is that if you get the occasional headache or migraine, taking an over the counter medication won’t be that bad but if they suffer from chronic migraines or headaches it is important to treat the “root” issue. First, going to a doctor and evaluating the cause of migraines or headaches is important since many serious health issues can present with migraines or headaches. Headaches can be categorized into tension, cluster and sinus headaches and treatment includes pain relievers.

 

In Chinese Medicine, diagnosis of a headache depends on the different patterns that are presented.

Dampness: These type of headaches feel “heavy”. People generally tend to experience these types of headaches in rain or humid weather.

Qi Stagnation: This type of headache can precede a woman’s menstruation. It can also come when someone is experiencing stress.  This headache is often felt at the sides of the temple and behind the eyes.

Blood Deficiency: This type of headache can come after a woman ends her menstruation. It can also come after exercise or too much exertion.

Qi Deficiency: This type of headache one can wake up with. It comes towards the end of the day or upon exertion. Rest helps to alleviate this type of headache. These headaches can be found on the forehead and are dull in nature.
Liver Yang Rising: The types of headache can come before menstruation or when someone gets anxious or angry. Dizziness and nausea can occur with this type of headache. These headaches are experienced at the top of the headache, temples and behind the eyes.

Blood Stasis: These headaches are at a fixed location and are “stabbing” in nature. They can occur with the onset of menstruation or can also be seen in chronic headache sufferers. These types of headaches can also occur after head trauma.

Acupuncture and Treatment of Headaches and Migraines

Acupuncture offers a very effective treatment for headaches and migraines.  It is important to first understand the pathology that manifests into a headache or migraine, which then offers a specific treatment. Treatments are tailored specifically to the different diagnoses and a weekly regiment of acupuncture and herbal medicine is given to address the pathology in a natural way. My patients who come for migraines start to notice a difference in intensity and frequency until they no longer experience migraines or headaches.

Other Natural Remedies:

Acupressure Points Good For Headaches and Migraines

One of the main points used for headaches and migraines is Large Intestine 4 located at the web between the thumb and the index finger.  This point is very effective when someone is experiencing an acute migraine.

Water

Dehydration often leads to headaches. Drink 8 glasses of room temperature water per day.

Foot Rub

For acute migraines, rubbing the feet can help to alleviate a headache or migraine. This enables energy to go “downward” which helps to reduce the pain of a headache.

Proper Diet

Headaches or migraines can be due to an improper diet. Make sure to include fruits, whole grains, meats and dark leafy vegetables in your diet. For dampness type headaches, avoiding dairy, sugar and process foods is important.

Dietary Triggers

Certain foods can trigger migraines, In particular, avoid sugar and processed foods. An overuse of caffeine can also trigger headaches.

If you are experiencing headaches or migraines, please call us to schedule an appointment 917.763.8560.

 

 

 

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Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis with Acupuncture Chinese Herbal Medicine

 

acupunctureI treat many patients with digestive system issues. In fact, I love to treat digestive system disorders because Chinese Medicine is such an effective treatment for people who suffer from Crohns disease, IBS as well as Ulcerative Colitis. I am currently going to focus this article on the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis and Chinese Medicine.

Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory disorder of the large intestine (colon). This is a chronic condition that develops over time. Symptoms can include urgency to defecate, diarrhea and bloody stools.  There are times when symptoms are present known as “attacks” and times of remission.

In Chinese Medicine, treatment for Ulcerative Colitis first begins with understanding the pathology of each individual person’s case. Once the pathology is diagnosed, treatment is specific to each individual case. Many people can come to me with a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis but they may have different treatment approaches because the root issue of their individual case is different.  Therefore, I give a treatment protocol of Acupuncture and a Chinese herbal formula, which are tailored to each individual case. The aim of treatment is to help restore the gut’s ability to absorb nutrients properly and reduce inflammation. Ultimately, once the digestive system is restored back to help, symptoms are alleviated.

Case Example of the Treatment of Chinese Medicine and Ulcerative Colitis

Steven (name change for patient’s anonymity) was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and had symptoms for six years ago. He would go to the bathroom up to 12 times per day, even getting up in the middle of the night. He experienced loose stools that had blood and mucus.  He also experienced very low energy and anxiety when he was not near a bathroom. Steven had gone to three gastroenterologists in order to help with his symptoms. He was prescribed steroids to help reduce the inflammation in the large intestine. At times this would help, but lately he complained that he had symptoms all the time.

After meeting with Steven, it was clear that his digestive system was extremely deficient. In Chinese Medicine, the spleen, which helps absorb nutrients into the blood stream, was weak. Therefore, he was not absorbing food properly. Fluid accumulated in his gut and would be excreted out in the form of loose stools. The spleen also hold’s blood in the blood vessel, so when the spleen is deficient, blood can show up in the stools. Mucus was a clear indication that he had pathological fluids that were not being properly distributed in his body.  In treating Steven’s ulcerative colitis, he came in for weekly acupuncture treatments and he was prescribed an individualized Chinese herbal formula that he took daily.  After just four treatments, his bowel movements were reduced by more than 50%. He went to the bathroom 3-4 xs per day and the blood in his stools had stopped. After 8 sessions, he had experienced no blood or mucus in his stools and bowel movements were reduced to 1-2 x per day and they were solid as opposed to loose. In three months time, his energy is “amazing”, he now exercises, he can eat almost anything he wants and he does not suffer anxiety. He is truly amazed that he feels normal. He now goes to see friends and has resumed dating. What is the most important thing after treatment is shifting or changing behaviors that led him to his digestive system getting weakened. We spoke about diet, exercise, sleep and stress management. Chinese Medicine offers a holistic approach to treating Ulcerative Colitis and the most important aspect of treatment is treating the root issue and not just covering up symptoms. Once people are better, giving them the knowledge to be aware and understand their own body so that they can make the right decisions in order to be healthier is what I call “a transformation in health”.

If you are suffering from Ulcerative Colitis or other digestive system disorders, please call our office at 917.763.8560 to schedule an appointment.

 

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Treatment by acupuncture. The doctor uses needles for treatment of the patient.

Acupuncture is one of the leading treatments used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese Medicineone of the world’s oldest and most powerful traditional medicines, is used in today’s modern world to combat and treat many health disorders. 

Acupuncture is the insertion of small thin needles into certain points located on the body’s surface. There are hundreds of points throughout the body and each point influences the body’s internal dynamics in a different way.To create homeostasis within the body,  a combination of points is used to release a therapeutic affect on an individual.

When a person has a health issue, understanding the root issue, followed by treating the specific root issue, helps the body heal naturally. Mostly importantly, it is a non-invasive way to help treat health conditions. The reason I love acupuncture and why I practice, is because I believe in healing people by treating the root issue and not just covering up symptoms.

Let’s look at how a treatment works. When patients first come into my office for an initial consultation, I go through their health history, and ask many questions in order to understand what types of imbalances are present.Since the body works as a whole, if someone came to me for digestive system issues, factors such as sleep, anxiety, stress, as well as their energy level, gives me input to the root of their digestive system issues. Once I understand the underlying issues of their digestive system issues, I form an acupuncture treatment protocol. I then use a combination of acupuncture points, which may be on the stomach, hands, legs, feet and/or head. Each acupuncture point affects the body’s internal organs, energy flow, and circulation, and in combination, these points aid in strengthening the digestive system as well as unblocking any stuck energy. Of course, a certain amount of treatments are needed in order to alleviate
the symptoms. The most important thing I tell patients is that treatments work on a root level so as they feel better, the main goal is to change any lifestyle habits in order to truly transform their health and prevent their health issues from coming back.


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Hot flashes occur when estrogen is lowered. It is a sign of peri-menopause. Many people do not realize that hot flashes can occur even when perimenopause is not taking place. I recently had a patient who was suffering from hot flashes at 35 years old. She also was having delayed menstruation. Her hormone panel showed the she had high FSH and told her she was going through early stages of peri-menopause. He prescribed her Hormone Replacement Therapy in order for her to menstruate and reduce the hot flashes she was experiencing. He wanted to keep up her estrogen levels so that she would not suffer from bone loss which can lower when estrogen lowers.  She reluctantly went on HRT therapy but was concerned about her overall health. When Louisa (name changed due to patient anonymity) came to see me, she was on HRT therapy for two years. She expressed her concerns of being on it for the rest of her life and wanted a more natural way to deal with her hot flashes.

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, hot flashes normally occur because of an insufficiency of fluids called “yin”. Yin fluids cool our body. When our body is balanced and homeostasis is at an equilibrium, we should not feel hot nor cold. When yin fluids are insufficient or depleted, the cooling unit is lowered; therefore, heat rises and hot flashes can occur. This can be very extreme and cause a lot of discomfort in women. Hormone replacement therapy is the main way to reduce hot flashes. Louisa and I discussed going off HRT and beginning Chinese herbal medicine. I explained to her that it would take some time to restore her hormones in order for menstruation to take place. Louisa went off HRT and began a blend of Chinese herbal medicine that was tailored specifically to her body. As she went off HRT and began herbs, she only experience slight heat but no hot flashes. Her menstruation came back in three months and she no longer experienced being warm nor had any signs of hot flashes. I gave her a list of dietary recommendations as well as recommended a reduction of stress and increased sleep which are critical to restoring fluids. She now menstruates on her own and does not experience hot flashes. I felt this was an important step in her overall health and reproductive health in a natural way.

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When my twins turned one years’ old, I was wondering whether to transition them to goat’s milk or cow’s milk.  When my daughter was an infant, she had a pretty bad case of eczema and as an acupuncturist, I knew that cow’s milk was harder to digest, so when it was time for both my daughter and son to transition to whole milk, I was hesitant on starting them off with cow’s milk. In Chinese Medicine, cow’s milk is heavy on the digestive system,that is why many people get stomach pain while consuming milk. TCM also identifies milk as a”damp” food meaning that it can cause mucous productionwhich can lead to eczema, allergies, hives as well as other health disorders.

I decided to have both my son and daughter try cow’s milk. The odd thing is my daughter had no reaction but son had  flare-ups of eczema.  I decided to switch my son from cow’s milk to goat’s milk, which to my surprise, is now sold in certain grocery stores like Whole Foods.

Goat’s milk has many benefits. In fact, goat’s milk is consumed in many parts of the world. Goat’s milk is given to many infants because it is most similar to breast milk. It is also easy to digest which is good for a baby’s immature stomach. Goats milk also contain many nutrients and is soothing to the stomach, which is why it is a great alternative to those who cannot consume cow’s milk. It contains less vitamin b 6 and b12 so it is important to fortify one’s diet in those nutrients if goat’s milk is consumed. The great news is that since my son has switched over to goat’s milk his eczema immediately went away. Goat’s milk is a great alternative for babies are individuals who are lactose intolerant or have food allergies due to milk.

 

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The Importance of Getting Educated On the Birth Control Pill

I treat many women who are trying to get pregnant after being on the birth control pill for many years. It always amazes me that there is not enough information that is given to women in regards to the pill. Many females are prescribed the birth control pill for a variety of reasons-birth control, PMS, reduction of painful menstruation, hormonal acne, as well as to help regulate their cycle. In many cases, women start the pill at an early age and continue it throughout their 20’s.  While many women may experience the return of the menstrual cycle without any issues after stopping the pill, others have issues with irregular menstruation as well as amenorrhea (absence of their menstrual cycle). I often see these types of cases in my office, my patients who are trying to get pregnant after being on the pill for some time. In certain cases, there are underlying issues such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome that can cause irregular menstruation.  In other cases, there was no cause to amenorrhea or the absence of their period. Let’s take a look first in how the pill works.

The pill is a blend of estrogen and progestin and in some pills only progestin. The combination of hormones work to inhibit ovulation, as well as increase cervical mucus, which makes it harder for sperm to pass through.  That is how it works to inhibit pregnancy. A period takes place after stopping progestin. It signals to the body to shed the uterine lining.  Therefore, although you are getting a period, it is not your natural period taking place.  There are many benefits to taking the pill because of that–the natural hormonal activity is not taking place and many symptoms related to menstruation can cease. However, the issue lies in just that–exogenous hormones are being put in one’s system–the natural hormonal activity of the menstrual cycle is not taking place. Therefore, it does not really act to regulate menstruation. Furthermore, if there are issues that occur, it can go undetected for years until a woman finally goes off the pill.  That is normally the time when I see these cases.  It is important to be educated on the birth control pill particularly if you would like to get pregnant.

On The BCP and Thinking of Getting Pregnant

If you are trying to get pregnant or have been on the birth control pill for many years, going off the pill for a year before wanting to actually try to get pregnant will allow one to address any issues that may be present.   It also allows one cycle to return. It can take time for a female’s period to resume after being on the pill for many years so it is important to have time on one’s side and seek treatment if there are issues after stopping the pill.

Timing

I often recommend to my patients who have been on the birth control pill for many years to stop it and let their period resume.  They can go on the pill at a later point but it is good to let the body’s natural hormones and cycle take place.  It also can give one indication if there are underlying reproductive issues going on. Of course, if you decide to stop the pill, you must have other types of contraception.

Resolution of Symptoms

If you are on the pill for painful menstruation, acne, irregular menstruation as well as other types of health issues, there are other options that you can seek out.  Many of my patients have told me that they wish they knew of other options to treat their health issues. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are successful natural treatments for many women’s menstrual disorders such as hormonal acne, PCOS, painful menstruation, irregular menstruation and PMS.

I hope you enjoyed this article; if you have any questions, please feel free to contact deb@sage-wellness.com.

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SPRING ALLERGIES AND CHINESE MEDICINE  

    With nature and trees in bloom, allergies are predominant this time of year.  I believe the best treatment for allergies is to get to the root of the issue.  Decongestants provide relief moment, but unfortunately allergy symptoms come back full force. Try acupuncture to help relieve your allergy symptoms.  The theory behind treatment for allergies is to build the body’s immune function in order to resist the allergy response.  Acupuncture also helps to reduce inflammation in the nasal passageways and boost the immune system to ward off pathogens such as pollen, trees and other pathogens that are predominant this time of year. I normally treat with a two-pronged approach. Initially I treat the acute symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, nasal congestion and sinus headaches. After the symptoms go away, I treat the root condition of what is causing the allergies to manifest. That way you’re not only alleviating symptoms, but preventing them from coming back.

An easy tip at-home treatment that you can do to reduce nasal congestion from allergies is a mint vapor steam. Boil water and throw some mint leaves in.  Then put a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. Make sure that the steam is not too hot so you don’t burn yourself. Sinus washes are good too, but be careful because water can get stuck in the nasal passageways and exacerbate your symptoms.

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