In Chinese medicine, we look at nature for insight with forever changing abilities for energetic momentum.The deep unknown, cold, and stillness of winter has to happen before spring can begin to sprout. It’s a long awaited change that is expected but unpredictable. Spring is the perfect time to stop procrastinating and move upward with expansive creativity. Just like the newly formed buds on the trees doubling size along with the birds chirping, nature gives expression of renewal.
Having the freedom to choose our form of birth control is both liberating and a very important part of our modern society. Unfortunately, the use of synthetic hormones can lead to the disruption of our natural hormone cycles. Thankfully there are many great ways to balance your body’s hormones to their natural state and prepare the body for conception.
The holiday season is kicking into full swing, and it can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. For those enduring fertility challenges, you may not be feeling the holiday cheer. Not getting pregnant is hard at any time of the year, but it can be worse during the holidays. It’s okay to feel sad about feeling sad. Having these feelings does not make you ungrateful for the blessings you do have. Those feelings are real, they are valid, and you are entitled to them.
Grab a pear for lung health! Most of Northern California is currently inundated with smoke from the fires. The smoke has caused air quality in the Bay Area to reach unhealthy levels as bad as Beijing. In Chinese Medicine certain foods can be eaten to balance certain internal organs. Pear is one of the foods that can help lung function.
As the summer heat intensifies, many of us are lathering up with sunscreen in order to protect our skin and avoid getting burned. The reality is that many sunscreens out there do more harm than good, especially from a fertility perspective. Sunscreen protects our skin from sun damage in one of two ways; they produce either a chemical barrier or a mineral one.
This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a wonderful bowl of Watermelon Gazpacho which can be enjoyed outside in the sun while soaking up some vitamin D. In Chinese medicine, watermelon is not only known to nourish the fluids of the body, but also has a calming effect on the spirit, which helps to ease frustration, restlessness and worry.
Turmeric seems to be at the tip of many people’s tongue these days, and it should be! This little yellow-orange root is getting more and more recognized for its medicinal properties. Turmeric has many health benefits including being a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, and immune boosting herb. We are highlighting this root because it can also encourage fertility. Turmeric assists in hormone balancing and regulation. It helps to increase blood flow and removes stagnant blood in the uterus and other reproductive organs.
When it comes to fertility challenges, both men and women are equally important to the fertile picture. Our clients are often surprised to find out that approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner, and one-third is caused by a combination of challenges in both partners or is unexplained.
Early detection saves lives. This 15 minute non-invasive test is a valuable procedure designed to improve detection of breast disease. There is no contact with the body of any kind, no radiation, and the procedure is painless. It uses Thermography, a process of infrared technology to spot abnormalities in your breasts by measuring temperature variations.
This month’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a nutritious, warming, bowl of beef, barley and root vegetable stew. On those dark and chilly nights, this bowl of stew is sure to make the kitchen cozy while warming up the heart and soul. In Chinese medicine, beef is known to tonify the Qi and strengthen the spleen and stomach, all of which become exhausted during the winter months.
Seeds are a wonderful, easy, and a delicious way to support the body in finding its natural composure. Seed cycling is designed to support hormone production, regulate menstrual cycles, and can even help reduce PMS symptoms. Incorporating seeds into our diet helps promote hormone balance which guide our cycles.
This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe is a nourishing, warming, bowl of Butternut squash soup and a side of creamy, delicious twice-baked sweet potatoes. With the fall harvest in full swing and our lives in constant motion as the holidays draw near, these recipes are the perfect way to slow down and bring some balance into our lives. The key ingredient of both dishes are the pumpkin seeds, as they are known in Chinese Medicine to especially benefit the kidney and improve the reproductive system in both men and women.
This week’s nutrition for fertility recipe introduces a few ways to get the super-food, Maca, into your body daily. As we begin the transition out of the summer months, our bodies begin to crave the nourishment and warmth of this wonderful fall snack. Maca originated high in the Peruvian mountains of South America, and according to ancient Incan history, has been used for its wonderful healing properties, which are believed to enhance energy and stamina.