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,
Recent research published in the journal NATURE concluded that low-frequency electroacupuncture with muscle contractions remodels epigenetic and transcriptional changes that elicit metabolic improvement. In other words, after ONE electro-acupuncture treatment the authors reported a increase in whole body glucose (sugar) uptake, changes in the expression of over 2300 genes and changes in DNA methylation in over 7000 individual genes in the adipose (fat) tissue of women with PCOS.
Giving back to your body after suffering loss is one of the most empathetic and compassionate things you can do for yourself. The energy that is put into trying to conceive whether it be naturally or with an IUI or IVF cycle, the financial resources, anticipation and unfortunately sometimes the result we didn’t expect, can be a hard hit to the soul.
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.
Do you suffer from dry skin, deep wrinkles or both that becomes aggravated in the winter? Well, investing in cosmetic acupuncture to care for these areas of your face can be very uplifting (pun intended!) and free from the myriad of constituents in skin care products.
Winter time can produce very dry skin and this can increase the appearance of deeper set wrinkles on the face.
Food to Include
Food to Avoid
Eat only 1 or 2 pieces of any of the following fruits a day and try and to eat mostly lower carbohydrate fruits (3 or 6%):
3% – cantaloupe, strawberries, melons, blueberries, raspberries, lemons and limes
6% – apriocts, blackberries, papaya, peaches,
Inflammation: What it does to you and how can your diet help
The inflammatory response that is triggered in our bodies is necessary to help fight infection and is useful in the short term as it is part of the immune response. When the inflammatory reaction continues after an infection is gone it can cause many health problems.
Sleep is important for many other things, including reducing your risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s, proper digestion, regulating inflammation, memory, slowing telomere shortening, and the list goes on.
There are 2 stages of sleep; 1. non-REM (which has 1, 2, and slow-wave stages) and 2. REM. Just to keep it simple, they are all important for different reasons.
Interesting meta-analysis I came across today showed that men that increase their testosterone levels not only helps them improve their sperm production, but also helps them lose weight, increase insulin sensitivity (to reduce diabetes risk), and reduce total cholesterol and triglycerides (lowering risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality).
So dive in, do your research,
My name is Sean Quigley, a Chinese Medicine acupuncturist now living in the amazing city of Kingston, Ontario – home to wonderfully friendly people and crisp clean air. I grew up not too far from Kingston and have returned to Ontario with my family after twenty years away.
Some of this time away was spent travelling and living in Tainan,
My name is Adrienne Coombs. I’m a Chinese medicine practitioner and have just moved to beautiful Squamish, BC. I have spent time training with Dr. Pentland and his team, learning the Yinstill systems and protocols for taking care of patients with reproductive health challenges.
I am so excited to now be living on the west coast amongst these beautiful mountains.
Yes, they do! Male menopause also known as andropause is similar to female menopause, however there are some distinctions. For males, it is a more gradual hormonal shift (it can span 20 years) and not all males experience it. The cause of andropause is a decline in the hormone testosterone and a possible shift to estrogen by an enzyme called aromatase.