Ever since my first herbs class, I have loved working with Chinese herbs. It is through Chinese herbs that the true art of Chinese medicine really shines. In practice, using herbs is key in helping patients progress in their healing. The building blocks of Chinese medicine are single herbs. Individual herbs are categorized based upon their taste, temperature, and channels affected. Tastes have specific functions, and therefore the way a formula tastes is indicative of what it is trying to accomplish. [Read more…]
Archives for June 2011
Chinese Medicine Tongue Diagnosis:
Most of our clients who come to the office bristle at the thought of having their tongue diagnosed. When we first ask to see the tongue, most are embarrassed. “I did not brush my teeth before I came in” or “I ate blueberries” are common responses. We are often asked to explain what we are looking for and what changes
we have noticed. With this in mind, I thought I would to explain the importance of Tongue Diagnosis in traditional Chinese medicine.
Like other diagnostic methods in TCM, the skill and intuition of the acupuncturist is an important part of tongue diagnosis. It is not uncommon to have 5 acupuncturists
each have a different take on the tongue. An experienced practitioner will be able to give a more accurate interpretation. [Read more…]
Working with women and fertility, we focus all our attention on menstrual cycles. We focus so much on length of the period, quality of the period, timing of ovulation, signs of ovulation, etc. that we forget how babies are actually created. Last week, I had a patient report that she didn’t think that she and her husband were having enough sex–she said they were barely having sex once a week! This patient also told me that her husband resented having to have sex at specific times and felt as though he had to “perform on command”, which is a mood-killer to say the least. This scenario is incredibly common for couples trying to conceive. Sex loses its spontaneity and excitement and becomes a means to an end. Instead of an expression of love for your partner, sex ends up becoming manual labor.
Many people have asked me where I completed my birth doula and postpartum doula training. I was trained at the Center for The Childbearing Year and have only positive things to say about it. The center has amazing, knowledgable, and grounded practitioners. They have supported many women during labor and continue to support me in my business as a doula. Please read about their upcoming trainings below.
Are you interested in a career working with moms and babies? All through time, and in all cultures, women have been supporting and mothering other women at the time of birth. In response to the over-medicalization of childbirth, the role of the doula has evolved to safeguard the laboring mother’s emotional experience at a vulnerable time in her life. Doula certification is an effort to professionalize the traditional role of the female support person in childbirth. Doulas help moms and their partners navigate the institutional aspects of giving birth. They encourage, soothe, and educate. You do not need to be a mother yourself, nor have a medical background to become a doula—just a passion for birth and the desire to be in a support role for other moms. [Read more…]
As women, we are pressured to stay slim, a desire encouraged by the world around us, by advertising, by magazines, by popular culture.. And
yet, our bodies change as we age – mostly beyond our control.
Midlife hormonal changes require new eating and exercise habits if we are to maintain current weight and shape. Mind and body conflict with
no sense of balance between the two. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, balance means a harmonious way of feeling, being and thinking.
Everybody (and every body) has their own natural state of balance.
There is a concept in TCM called the eight perimeters. When a body is in balance, we feel good. By observing how we feel and making comparisons,
we determine areas in our body where we need strengthening as well as areas where we can eliminate and “let out steam”. [Read more…]
Diet is just as important as acupuncture and herbs when it comes to treating the body from a traditional Chinese medical perspective. Making appropriate food choices is key in maintaing good balance. Individual foods, like Chinese herbs, have specific healing properties and this is the basis of Eastern nutritional theory. For example, certain foods have warming properties and should therefore be eaten more frequently during the winter months. These foods include cinnamon, clove, ginger and lamb. Likewise, there are foods that have more cooling properties such as cucumber, watermelon, lettuce and cabbage. [Read more…]
Saturday June 18th
8 am – to 9 am
Access your deep core stabilizers using the amazing Yamuna BODY ROLLING Technique. This gentle and restorative experience will empower YOU to access your deep, innate stabilization system. Think self-guided massage and relief- ahh!!
Using the Yamuna Body Rolling Technique we will explore areas of the body that hold tension and lead to restriction! This user-friendly technique will surprise and delight you with immediate and profound results of stretching and relaxing your muscle and connective tissue. Feel a greater ability to sustain optimal posture. Great for a review or a comprehensive introduction to the work!
Cost: $25 per class
Space is limited, to reserve your spot please call:
Increased range of motion
Improved alignment in all parts of the body
Increased muscle tone
Increased organ function
To find out more or reserve your spot, please contact Inspired Wellness in Birmingham
As consumers, learning about our drinking water can be overwhelming. The business of water has perplexed many consumers who are wanting only what is best for themselves and their families. Most of us don’t have any idea of how water makes its way to our faucet and to bottles.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an underground network of pipes delivers water served by a water system that are either from the ground or surfaces (rivers or lakes) Drinking water meets very stringent health standards. Water suppliers use a variety of treatment processes to remove contaminants which include coagulation (removing dirt and other particles), filtration (removing all particles) and disinfection (killing dangerous microbial contaminants). [Read more…]
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views the body in terms of energy and balance. Energy (qi) runs in channels throughout the body and these channels are named after organ that you have heard of before. However, from a TCM perspective, the organs function very differently than Western medicine. In fact, the TCM organs have nothing to do with Western medical function at all. Therefore, when a person comes in for acupuncture and is told there is an imbalance within the “liver”, the acupuncturist is referencing the liver energy, never the actual liver itself.
The heart channel is one of my most favorite channels from an emotional standpoint. Classically, the heart is known to govern the blood in the body and store the “shen”. Shen is similar to conciousness. During the day, the shen goes out and interacts with the world and when we sleep at night, it is because the shen is “sleeping” in the heart. [Read more…]