Women's Health

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, President of Mayway

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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Charlotte Maxwell Integrated Cancer Clinic

November 17, 2021

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

Charlotte Maxwell Integrated Cancer Clinic

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic (CMC), the Oakland, CA-based nonprofit women’s clinic, is celebrating 30 years of providing free access to compassionate integrative care, including acupuncture, herbs, body work, homeopathy, guided imagery, and nutrition education, for low-income women with cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the reopened clinic welcomes clients anxiously seeking 1-on-1 services in a nurturing environment, the safety of all concerned is of utmost importance. We are so excited to return and greatly appreciate your support of our mission in providing the highest opportunity for improved health outcomes and quality of life for low-income women impacted by cancer and complications from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Zhi Bai Di Huang Tang for Hot Flashes

May 23, 2021

Skye Sturgeon, DAOM, Quality Assurance Manager, Mayway

Menopause Support

Menopause is the phase in a woman’s life during which she transitions from a reproductive to a non-reproductive stage. Literally, the word is used to indicate the permanent cessation of menstruation. Menopause usually occurs between the ages of 45-55 and the period of transition typically spans 2-5 years. Hot flashes and other symptoms associated with this transition can last for many years more. Zhi Bai Di Huang Tang is an excellent formula for many cases as explained in this article.

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Legend of the White Phoenix

May 6, 2021

Alisa Wrinkle, L.Ac.

Silkie Chicken

For practitioners of Chinese medicine, the black interior and paradoxical white feathered exterior represent and mirror the consolidation of Yin and Yang. Thus, the black-skinned silkie chicken is considered especially valuable medicinally and nutritionally. In Chinese dietary therapy all black foods are considered to be very helpful for treating Kidney disharmonies and the Blood, because black is the color associated with water and with the Kidneys in the five phases/wu xing.

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Black Chicken Soup for Pregnancy

May 6, 2021

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Pregnancy Soup

We're sharing a delicious and time-honored family recipe. It contains nutrients derived from pork and black chicken, as well as tonifying herbs to promote a woman’s optimal health during pregnancy.

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

May 2, 2021

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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Lunaception: How the Moon, Light & Dark Affect Fertility

April 26, 2021

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Find out why a dark room and a light bulb could be keys to conceiving, and how to balance Yin and Yang by cycling in harmony with the moon. The term “lunaception” was originally coined by Louise Lacey, whose goal was to use the connection between female hormones and the phases of the moon as a method of birth control.

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Tian Ma Teapills - A Good Perimenopausal Formula?

September 29, 2019

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Tian Ma WanIn the modern clinic, Tian Ma Wan is often used for perimenopausal women with a mixed pattern of Liver and Kidney deficiency (Yin, Blood, possibly slight Yang Xu) and some combination of wind-damp Bi Zheng, episodes of Liver Yang rising and possibly the stirring of internal wind to the head. Key symptoms include occasional headaches and/or dizziness, neck, shoulder and upper back tension, hot flashes and facial/neck flushing, difficulty sleeping, irritability, as well as occasional pain, stiffness and spasm in various locations, but particularly the neck, shoulder, hip, low back and legs...

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"Sitting the Month" - Chinese Postpartum Resting Month & Herbal Soup Recipe

May 13, 2019

Laura Stropes, L.Ac.

Newborn Nursing

Special postpartum herbal soups and stews are nutrient-dense, easily digested and assimilated foods. They are used in traditional cultures around the world to help women with postpartum healing; to recover their energy stores, increase milk production, balance their hormones, and prepare for the full-time job of taking care of their newborn. Included recipe for mildly sweet pork and herb soup is perfect for the second week after birth when there is a focus on gently building Qi and Blood, nourishing Jing-essence, strengthening the Spleen, and restoring and holding the organs in their proper place.

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

April 30, 2019

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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“Relieve Depression and Plant Jade Decoction” for the Treatment of Infertility caused by Mental Emotional Depression

February 9, 2017

Women are infertile for many reasons. Although many have significant Kidney deficiency or other etiologies, a large percentage of infertility cases are actually due to mental depression causing longstanding Liver Qi stagnation. In a medical book written by the famous Qing Dynasty doctor Fu Qingzhu, case histories were presented of women who were unable to conceive because of mental depression leading to Liver Qi stagnation and ultimately affecting the Chong and Ren Mai.

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