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Yoga and Chinese Medicine – build Prana and regulate Qi

Yoga

The Vedas are ancient texts from India, written in Sanskrit. They are considered to be divine truths revealed to ancient sages after intense meditation.

Meditation is a practice to bring awareness to the nature of our Self. Slowing and observing our thoughts can expose the nature of our mind, how it connects to our body,

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Getting to the root of PMS

What is PMS?

 

Most women I have worked with over the years “know” when their period is coming.  Some experience a change in their mood, have bloating or sore breasts, develop acne, have abdominal cramping, or a change in their bowels.  Some unfortunate women have all of these things, and more.

Today it is estimated that 3 out of every 4 menstruating women will experience at least once in their lives some form of physical or emotional changes after ovulation happens until the menses begins,

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PCOS & infertility yinstill reproductive wellness

Progesterone and Yang: A TCM Perspective

Progesterone, also known as P4, is a reproductive hormone involved in the menstrual cycle. Influencing what is known as the “luteal phase”, it helps prepare the uterine lining for implantation. If implantation does occur, progesterone helps maintain the integrity of the endometrium, helping to secure the new pregnancy. It also plays a role in the development of an embryo.

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Hot Flashes: What Are They and What Helps Them?

Hot flashes and night sweats are something we often work with in women’s health and fertility.  Sometimes it happens after a woman has taken fertility medications; sometimes it happens gradually or sporadically.  It can happen toward the end of our reproductive years, and it can happen during pregnancy. Sometimes the discomfort is limited to a few surges of heat during the day;

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How to practice yoga during an IVF cycle

Yoga, including breathing exercises, meditative practices, and specific body postures, is widely practiced for its relaxation and overall health benefits.  Many people I work with practice yoga daily and ask me if it is OK if they continue their yoga practice while they are undergoing an IVF cycle. The answer is …

Yes!

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Acupuncture and IVF (in-vitro fertilization)

In-vitro fertilization was originally developed to treat infertility due to fallopian tube problems. It is being used today to help couples who are experiencing other issues such as poor sperm quality, surrogacy, advanced maternal age, and unexplained infertility. Recently, clinical research has shown that integrating acupuncture with IVF can contribute positively to how you feel during your IVF cycle, and may also improve your chances for a successful pregnancy.

PCOS & infertility yinstill reproductive wellness

Supporting Follicular Genesis with Acupuncture and Self-Care

The egg you release this menstrual cycle has actually been in its final phase of maturation for the past 3 menstrual cycles. That is when the pre-antral follicle stage began; during this time the follicle grows from 0.2 mm to about 20 mm when the follicle is finally mature and the egg is ready for fertilization. Many follicles grow at the same time during the pre-antral stage. The follicles become “antral” once there is a fluid-filled sac which surrounds the egg.

CBD2 Cannabinoid receptors regulate & control the production of sperm, in a (perhaps) unexpected way

Sperm & Marijuana – Science Magazine found results contrary to the commonly held belief that marijuana is universally bad for sperm production; rather, isolating compounds has somewhat surprising effects – “both hyper- and hypo-stimulation of CB2 disrupted the temporal dynamics of the spermatogenic cycle”. In other words, your cannabinoid receptors need to be adequately stimulated to produce optimal sperm numbers.

Erectile Dysfunction Yinstill Reproductive Health

Watch Less TV and Exercise More to Optimize Sperm

Semen quality has been decreasing steadily over the past few decades and the reasons for this are debated and complicated. However the steady increase in a more sedentary lifestyle including video games and TV watching may play a significant role in our reproductive health.

See more here:
BMJ abstract

The study concludes: “In this population of healthy men,

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