Chinese Traditions of Postpartum Care Postpartum care and traditions vary all over the world and the act of caring for the new mother has been adapted by many cultures. All share similar concepts that include unburdening the new mother by taking over things like cleaning/caring for older children, supplying her with nutritious food to aid in her recovery, and time-honoured traditions
The big ooooooooo – no, I’m not talking about orgasms, but you can find a thorough discussion on that scintillating topic right here. Despite the fame of the period, ovulation is the main event of the menstrual cycle. This is a much recycled phrase you’ll hear all over the internet whenever someone is educating people about the menstrual cycle. It is
Fertility has a whole language of its own which can be daunting when you’re starting your fertility journey or beginning IVF. There are many abbreviations and acronyms, I liken it to understanding my teenagers texts to me, I often find myself googling what they hell they mean! It can feel like some secret club that you don’t yet belong to, but
Did you know that Chinese medicine calls the skin the 3rd lung? The lungs are responsible for more than just respiration in Chinese medicine, they also help to create a boundary between the inner and outer world, much like the skin. Together with the large intestine, the lungs and the skin set the stage for boundary breath and renewal. The
Inspiration for this blog came while watching an episode of Goop Lab on Netflix, aptly titled “The Pleasure is Ours” about the many health benefits of an orgasm. In this episode infamous feminist, Betty Dodson and actress Gwyneth Paltrow showcase the many health benefits of an orgasm while also touching on important topics like body image and a helpful female anatomy
Is stressing about your diet and exercise routine ruining your fertility and causing PCOS symptoms? Believing that PCOS is solely genetic, due to excess weight, or simply caused by cystic ovaries, that can be treated using hormone replacement is a dangerous assumption that prevents many women from getting the help they need. While weight loss in women who are overweight may
Women are delaying starting a family for various reasons… focusing on careers, building finances or waiting for the right person. The average age in Australia for women having their first baby is 31 and many now starting in their late 30’s and 40’s. Knowing that egg freezing or IVF are options at a cost if needed can be reassuring but they
We’ve all heard the term “adrenal fatigue” thrown around a lot in the health world. It’s not exactly an accurate all-encompassing label for what it’s referring to, but the expression has stuck, and it seems here to stay. Simply put, it’s a way to describe when your battery has run out and you’re running on little blips and bloops of whatever
Hormone Literacy and PMS. Here’s the down-low on PMS, beautiful ones. PMS is common but its not inevitable, in fact PMS is curable. Just read that again. Before we get into the physiological understanding of PMS, let me just add that I feel the term PMS has been used to trivialise and undermine women’s emotions, generally because they make others uncomfortable.
Acupressure for Birth – When to Step in and When to Knit – by Kerry Marshall Registered Acupuncturist
I was living in London and newly trained as an acupuncturist. A colleague asked me to attend the birth of her twins and to bring my needles. I had already been a support person for a couple of friends first babies and loved the experience. With a combination of pins and acupressure I was able to help with pain relief and
Chinese Face Reading: An Ancient Guide to Your Skin Face reading is an ancient Chinese technique that goes back thousands of years. Originally a Taoist practice that involved assessing a person’s Qi flow (life force), Jing (inherited constitution/DNA) and Shen (spirit), known as the Three Treasures. Along with palpation, pulse, tongue and smell ancient practitioners were able to ascertain the
Thyroid disease can be incredibly confusing and frustrating, especially when you're trying to figure out the best step-by-step action plan that will work best for you. -Should you eat Paleo, Keto, or AIP? -Is intermittent fasting a good idea? -Where do I start? -How do I know what's best for my body and will get me the results I'm looking for?