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Treating Blood & Jing in Male Fertility

June 10, 2024

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

graphic showing several sperm and an egg

Infertility is clinically defined in women and men who cannot achieve pregnancy after one year of having intercourse without using birth control, occurring in approximately 15% of heterosexual couples who are trying to conceive. According to the National Institutes of Health, one-third of infertility cases are caused by male reproductive factors, one-third by female reproductive issues, and one-third by both male and female reproductive issues or by indeterminate factors. This article explores customizable formulas that may support male infertility by treating blood and jing.

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Male Menopause Syndrome - Andropause

June 10, 2024

Professor Guozhi Wan

The physical, mental, cognitive and other symptoms that men manifest as they change from young adults to middle-aged then elderly people are collectively known as "male menopausal syndrome" - more commonly called andropause. Modern medicine believes that andropause is caused by the degeneration of testicular function and the decline in male hormone secretion, particularly testosterone. Andropause is a series of pathological changes and clinical symptoms medically known as partial androgen deficiency of aging males (PADAM). About 40% of men will experience andropause between the ages of 40 and 70.

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Men's Health: Male Factor Infertility

June 9, 2024

William Maclean, M.Sc. Chin. Med.

The incidence of male factor infertility is believed to be increasing in the Western world. In Chinese, the word for sperm and essence is the same (jīng 精 ), that is, they have the same origin and are inextricably linked. According to Chinese medicine, the quality of sperm and its ability to fertilize an ovum is intimately linked to the health of the Kidneys and requires a number of factors to converge. 

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Kai Kit Wan: For men over 50

June 8, 2024

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Kai Kit Wan

Kai Kit Wan is the popularized name in Hong Kong for Jiè Jié Wán (解結丸), which literally means "to untie a knot" and refers specifically to reducing swelling in the prostate. This article gives the benefits of each herb in Kai Kit Wan, combination formulas for your patient’s specific needs, and the TCM terms of an enlarged prostate.

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Men's Essentials Formulas Comparison

June 4, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Men's Essentials formulas Comparison

These 16 formulas are commonly prescribed to Men and are considered Men's Essentials for your herbal formula. Learn how to use each formula sorted with pin yin name, alternate name, functions, indications, typical tongue and pulse, and the ingredients so you can easily select the best formulas for your patients!

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Integrating Yin Yang Theory in Transgender Care

May 30, 2024

Katrina Hanson, L.Ac.

graphic of yin and yang in pink and light blue indicating lgbtq

This article explores the application of Yin and Yang theory in transgender medicine, highlighting its significance in promoting inclusivity, respect, and empowerment. By examining adapted Yin-Yang principles and discussing the role of acupuncture and herbal remedies, this article elucidates how a holistic approach to transgender healthcare can honor the diverse experiences of transgender individuals and support their overall well-being.

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Bisexual and Pansexual Health inclusivity

May 29, 2024

Denise Cicuto, L.Ac.

photo of rainbow flags indicating lgbtq

Do no harm is a good rule of thumb for all practitioners. You can improve communication with patients while trying to help rather than harm them. No matter what chief complaint your patient has, seeing, valuing, and treating them as a whole person is truly important. This article explores suggestions on how to make healthcare experiences more positive for bisexual/pansexual people.

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IVF and Queer Couples: A Practitioner's Perspective

May 23, 2024

Rachel Blunk, LAc

Women looking at positive pregnancy test

Western studies have confirmed the efficacy of acupuncture for fertility outcomes. For over 20 years, Rachel Blunk, L.Ac., has worked with reproductive endocrinologists to help improve fertility outcomes for patients. In this article, Rachel discusses 2 cases where she used acupuncture and herbs for queer couples using IVF for successful implantation.

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Osteoporosis and TCM

May 14, 2024

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

graphic of 2 bones - one with small holes and one with larger holes indicating osteoporosis

More than 200 million people worldwide suffer from osteoporosis - a skeletal disorder characterized as loss of bone mass. Learn how traditional Chinese medicine can support this condition along with herbal formulas to support bone density health.

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Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and TCM

May 10, 2024

Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, L.Ac.

photo of a woman that is in pain from premenstrual symptoms

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a very common part of many people’s menstrual cycles, but what does it mean when PMS is so severe that it's negatively impacting someone's life? Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of PMS, which affects a small percentage of people who menstruate and is characterized by extreme mood shifts that are significant enough to interfere with and impact daily life and relationships. PMS and PMDD share most symptoms, but there are some differentiating qualities of presentation that help us to distinguish PMDD from PMS.

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Second Trimester: The Fourth Month

April 29, 2024

Raven Lang, L.Ac., O.M.D.

woodcutting of woman daoist

Raven Lang, L.Ac., O.M.D. incorporates her midwifery and traditional medicine (both American and Asian) into her discussion of the Fourth Month of gestation. She discusses ancient writings and how our ancestors recognized the fetus, and she explains how the fourth month is supported by the Shao Yang of the Hand.

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Thoughts, observations and the classical Chinese medicine view: The first trimester of pregnancy

April 29, 2024

Raven Lang, L.Ac., O.M.D.

Pregnant Woman Line Drawing - Hugh Lau

The classic writings I quote are taken from the Zhubing Yuanhuo Lun, the Mawangdui, and Sun Si Miao. They will offer you the ability to contemplate the first three of the ten lunar months of pregnancy, interpreted and practiced by the leading physicians of that time. In studying the ancients on their thoughts regarding pregnancy, we must realize that these teachings came from the astute observations and witnessing of nature in all its glory and violence. The lessons the ancients learned originated from watching the power and influence of the moon, sun and stars, the weather, seasons, elements, the sowing, cultivating, and harvesting of crops, the language of plants and animals, and bottom line, the interdependence of all these factors as they affect everything on earth.

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"Four Substances Decoction" - Si Wu Tang

April 28, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

photo of four substances teapills also called si wu tang

Known for its extraordinary characteristics for obstetrics and gynecology, Si Wu Tang (Four Substances Decoction) is discussed and its benefits for blood deficiency, blood stasis, and irregular menstruation.

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Herb Story: Zi Su Ye (Perilla Leaf)

April 17, 2024

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

photo of purple and green perilla leaves

Zi Su Ye is an herb commonly served with fish in sushi restaurants. Read this entertaining and educational herb story that's all about Perilla Leaf and its usefullness for tummy troubles!

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Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis & Topical Steroid Withdrawal Case Studies & Treatment (Part 2)

April 17, 2024

David Heron, L.Ac.

Case study photo showing patient's face before first visit showing severe eczema on the face

This article is Part 2 in the discussion of topical steroid withdrawal, eczema, and atopic dermatitis. David Heron shows the progression of an 18-year-old man who presented with skin rashes, cracking and peeling skin, hyperpigmentation and more. Photos and discussion follow the patient's improvements, adjustments made to herbal formulas, and includes a check-in with the patient 1 year after stopping treatment.

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