Is Your Period Normal?

I talk to a lot of women about their periods, so I’m privy to a lot of info that normally doesn’t get shared.

There are three things that I’ve learned: 1) lots of women don’t know very much about their periods; 2) there are a lot of women out there suffering from dysfunctional periods; and 3) the dysfunction comes in lots of shades and none of them are fun.

It could be cramps ranging from mildly annoying to the sensation of your uterus trying to escape through your belly button. It could be scaring your friends and family with the swiftness and ferocity with which your emotions make a U-turn. Or it might mean having periods so unpredictable that white pants are always a risk.

While these symptoms might sound normal to you, because so many women suffer from them, they aren’t.

WTF Are Yin and Yang?

Yin and Yang are terms you’ve probably heard.

They’ve infiltrated pop culture and are used commonly to describe things that are opposite or complementary to one another.

While that usage is part of what yin and yang are about, that’s only scratching the surface.

There are literal stacks and stacks of books written on the interplay of yin and yang and how they relate to your health. Most of them are in Chinese, and most of them are beyond the scope and need of the average, everyday person.

As a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, part of my job is to figure out the imbalances in your body that are leading to your symptoms and then figure out how to bring you back into balance.

Surviving Flu Season in San Diego

Autumn in San Diego means Cold and Flu Season is upon us.

It's that time again. The time of year when the weather here in San Diego changes slightly from nice all the time to occasionally cold and somewhat damp... and then gets really hot again, but only during the day.

The time of year when we close up our windows and lock ourselves inside with all the germs that our friends, family, and especially any school-aged kids you may know and love bring home from the four corners of the county.

The time of year when we stuff our schedules like a Thanksgiving turkey trying to fit in all the parties, festivities, and sweet treats we can manage. Because, Holidays!

DIY Acupressure: Pericardium 6

One of the most versatile acupuncture points that I commonly use, Pericardium 6, lends itself well to at home use.

Firstly, it’s easy to find and use on yourself, and secondly, it treats a wide range of common symptoms. Especially symptoms related to anxiety, any type of nausea and vomiting, any type of chest pain or disorder, and stomach pain and bloating.

Pericardium 6 is a great point to use if you suffer from anxiety. Especially if your anxiety comes with racing or pounding heartbeats or any feeling of heaviness or restrictions in your chest.

Herbal Home Remedies for Cold and Flu

Cold and Flu season is by far my least favorite of all the seasons. It lacks the feeling of freedom and never-ending sunshine that Summer possesses, and it rains all over the festivities of Fall and Winter.

I prefer to skip it all together and my best resource for doing so is to arm myself with a stockpile of herbal remedies and essential oils.

Using herbs to treat cold and flu at home comes down to two basic strategies: 1) prevention and 2) treatment of early symptoms.

Acupuncture for Endometriosis

Once again, modern scientific research is discovering what practitioners of Chinese Medicine have known for thousands of years, acupuncture is an effective treatment for endometriosis and other severe period pain!

A small study in New Zealand has shown that 12 acupuncture treatments over three months significantly reduced the intensity and duration of pain associated with endometriosis of up to a year.

Progesterone Deficiency: What is it and how can I fix it?

Low progesterone is a common diagnosis for women with PMS symptoms and low fertility. It can show up as a short menstrual cycle, meaning less than 26 days, irritability, spotting before your period, acne flare ups, fatigue, low sex drive, and anxiety. All which add up to a whole lot of no fun at all.

A reasonable question to ask in such a case is, “What can I do to boost my progesterone?” While there are some herb and supplements you can take to support progesterone production, it’s not that simple…

Acupuncture for Kids?!?

Sticking your kid with needles is probably not the first thing you think of when she or he isn’t feeling well. But acupuncture is a gentle, effective treatment for your child, with no dangerous side effects.

In my practice I see kids for many common conditions that have likely run their course through your house.

Things like the common cold and coughs can effectively be treated with herbal medicine tinctures and acupuncture or non-needle techniques, especially if caught early.

How To Do A Castor Oil Pack

Castor oil packs are an easy, inexpensive, and relaxing way to help your body detoxify. Castor oil increases circulation, improves detoxification, and reduces inflammation.

These properties can be used to support liver detoxification by increasing blood circulation through the liver. Your liver is the organ that cleans out all the metabolic wastes from your blood, essentially taking all the used up and broken down hormones, food wastes, and environmental toxins out of circulation for elimination like a giant, squishy Brita filter.