Women's Health

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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Navigating Holiday Eating - Healing the Yi Spirit

October 30, 2023

Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, L.Ac.

image 2 feet standing on a scale Self-healing principles are about making small changes consistently, keeping promises we make for ourselves, learning to set clear boundaries, and healing our relationship with food. The key here is small bites - these aren’t promises like hitting the gym every day; it’s small promises like making the bed every day and something we can surely follow through on. The act of doing it helps to rewire the brain and invite the Yi back to the center again because we are no longer denying our own needs.

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Yu Dai Wan Teapills for Damp-Heat in the Uterus Causing Fluid Leakage

May 12, 2023

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Yu Dai Wan

Yu Dai Wan supports the female reproductive system, at once clearing and tonifying to protect and balance vaginal flora and fauna. In traditional Chinese medicine normal vaginal discharge is produced, stored and secreted by the Kidneys, transformed and distributed by the Spleen, secured by the Ren Mai, and controlled by the Dai Mai. Occasional excessive vaginal discharge is classed as “Dai Xia Bing,” which roughly means “issue below the belt or below the Dai Mai.” Yu Dai Wan strongly drains excess damp-heat, while at the same time nourishing the Blood and protecting the Spleen, in order to bring about lasting change.

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A Compassionate & Holistic Approach to Pregnancy Loss

February 13, 2023

Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, L.Ac.

Photo of two hands intertwined in a compassionate style

Fertility and women’s health is a very popular specialty for many acupuncturists and herbalists. Success stories permeate medical journals, mom groups and amongst the general public, giving hope to those who wish to become pregnant and have had difficulty in the past. The truth of the matter, however, is that not every patient has this success story, not every patient gets pregnant, not every IVF round is a success and not every pregnancy will carry to term. Support in the process of shock, loss and grief can be profound within the spectrum of Chinese medicine.

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Infertility - Male and Female Case Study

February 9, 2023

Susan Johnson, L.Ac.

Photo of two hands making a heart shape on a pregnant stomach

This article is an excerpt from Master Tung’s Magic Points: The Clinician’s Best Friend, soon to be published by Susan Johnson and Eric Renaud. The topic of fertility treatment is more pertinent than ever, as young adults today are finding it increasingly difficult to conceive due to the effects of long-term stress, lack of sleep, EMF exposure, environmental toxins, and so many other reasons that create hormonal disruption and imbalance. This article discusses points and formulas used for infertility and discusses a case study of a man and woman and their successful pregnancy.

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Charlotte Maxwell Clinic: Health, Hope and Healing

November 22, 2022

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

Photo of the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic with plum flower chinese medicine bottles

For 31 years, the Oakland-based nonprofit has provided free access to compassionate, integrative care for thousands of San Francisco Bay Area low-income women with cancer. Inspired by the vision of Ms. Charlotte Maxwell, a progressive public health advocate who recognized the importance of combining complementary therapies with conventional cancer treatment. Read more about CMC and how you can help.

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Endometriosis: Support from Chinese Medicine

May 10, 2022

Denise Cicuto, L.Ac.

Photo of woman with abdominal pain Endometriosis affects 10% of people who menstruate every year, and that’s just the people who get a formal diagnosis. Endometriosis a very painful menstrual condition in which the uterine lining (endometrium) grows and bleeds outside the uterus in “adjacent pelvic organs such as ovaries, fallopian tubes, pelvic ligaments, vagina, sigmoid colon, rectum, ureters or bladder.” In rare cases, it may be found outside of the pelvic area. The causes of endometriosis are still unknown and it is a condition that may be experienced by any menstruating person, regardless of gender expression. In this article, we discuss endometriosis from a Chinese medicine perspective and discuss methods for TCM treatment.

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Du Zhong, Tian qi & Oxtail Stew

May 9, 2022

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

photo of oxtail stew

Bone loss, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is mainly caused by insufficient Kidney Qi, with symptoms such as weak back, difficulty in standing for a long time, weakness of lower extremities, dark complexion, and dry teeth. Chinese medicine believes that bone health relies on the fullness of Kidney Qi, which nourishes the bone marrow. As such, tonifying Kidney Qi and Kidney Essence is vital to minimizing the progression of osteoporosis. This soup nourishes Yin and replenishes Yang, strengthens muscles and bones, and strengthens the waist and knees.

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An Integrated Approach to Caring for Patients with Hyperemesis

May 8, 2022

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

Photo of pregnant woman

Raven Lang shares a story about a patient of mine with hyperemesis. I share this story to point out that there are times when a practitioner must realize the limits to what can be done with TCM treatments and that, at those times, it is necessary and prudent to quickly ask for additional help.

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A Comfortable Menopause

May 6, 2022

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Women Exercising

As some women experience minimal or no perimenopausal discomfort, what causes the symptoms that can be so debilitating to others? According to TCM, the main causes for discomfort all the way from perimenopause through menopause and postmenopause include overwork, excessive sexual activity or too many childbirths, chronic illness, irregular diet, and excessive worrying or other emotional stress. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are three large categories of issues that can result in difficulty with the perimenopausal hormonal shift.

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