I am proud to announce that I recently became a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM), the first in the state of Michigan. The ABORM is a group of acupuncturists that have extensive experience in treating infertility and work together with Western medical practitioners to create a level of professionalism and excellence within the field. Many long-time ABORM members are the leaders in the community of Chinese medical reproductive medicine. The ABORM was created to set a standard of excellence in treatment of Chinese medicine and infertility. Fellows must acquire a specific amount of continuing education credits in Chinese reproductive medicine and at least 2 years of practice before being eligible to sit for the ABORM certification exam. Fellows are only inducted after passing this examination. [Read more…]
Menopause and peri-menopause are natural occurring processes which take place when the secretion of estrogen and progesterone in our body diminishes. As a result, menstrual cycles become irregular and eventually stop. Menopause becomes “official” when a woman has not had a cycle for one year. Symptoms of menopause can vary from woman to woman. However, typical symptoms include: hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, changes to skin and hair, sleep and mood. Symptoms vary from woman to woman as does the length and severity of symptoms. There are many women who are looking for an integrative approach to managing peri-menopause and menopause and there are a number of options available.
A study conducted at Henry Ford Hospital and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (volume 28, number 4) compared the use of acupuncture vs. Effexor for the management of hot flashes for patients undergoing treatment of breast cancer. In this study, 50 patients were assigned either to receive acupuncture 2 times a week for 2 weeks followed up by once a week for 4 weeks or take Effexor. Both groups experienced significant decreases in hot flashes, depressive symptoms and other menopausal quality of life symptoms indicating that acupuncture is at least as effective as Effexor; with none of the side effects commonly associated with this medication.
Most remarkably, the duration of reduced symptoms lasted much longer with acupuncture (2 months) vs. Effexor in which most symptoms returned within 2 weeks after the medication was discontinued. [Read more…]
Free guest columnist Amanda Koch Gregory is a 30-year-old metro Detroit high school teacher of language arts. She and her husband, Jason, have an active and inquisitive toddler, Rocco Boone. They are navigating this crazy life as a family of three who enjoy late brunches on the weekends, Michigan road trips, and dancing in their living room.
Growing up, my mom talked about her own natural childbirths and breast-feeding us kids, so I considered breast-feeding the norm. She described the benefits of her own experiences and it must have had a great impact on me because when I did become pregnant, I found a midwife and birth center in a hospital that supported natural childbirth.
My husband and I also took one-on-one classes through Embracing Birth Childbirth and Postpartum Services in Ferndale. We learned valuable, and surprising, information about breast-feeding. I had no idea how tiny a baby’s stomach is during those first few days of life. And that colostrum is enough to fill them up. We learned about good latches and cluster feeding, and we were encouraged to not give our baby a bottle until he reached at least 1 month of age.
The day our son Rocco Boone was born was a whirlwind. [Read more…]
Parenting can be stressful, but it doesn’t always have to be.It is important to feel you have control of your household without overexerting yourself, or feeling like you are doing more work than anyone else in your home. Often I have found, that what is actually going on in our lives is less important than the level of control we feel that we have over the situation. Here are seven tips for less stressful parenting that have helped other families I have worked with, and hopefully will make things much easier for you too.
7 TIPS FOR LESS STRESSFUL PARENTING:
1. Avoid power struggles – Family problems often stem from everyone struggling for power within the household. Parents want to be in control of their children and the choices they make, while children want to be in control of their own choices. Children as young as [Read more…]
I recently held a seminar with Dr. George Nicoloff, who is board certified in Integrative Holistic Medicine. We were so excited to have over 60 people attend! We agreed to speak on the connection between the gut & immune system, as we know how deeply interwoven they are. We shared a lot of information in just a short time. So although this is not comprehensive, here is a portion of our presentation:
In Chinese Medicine, the relationship between the Lung (immune) and Large Intestine (gut) meridians:
Ways to care for the Large Intestine:
- Maintain regular bowel movements through diet and exercise (and if needed, acupuncture & herbs)
- Eat foods that are warm and easy to digest (temperature is important to gut) Steam vegetables as opposed to eating them raw (only eat raw in spring and summer)
- Be careful with food combinations: Protein, fat, complex carb at every meal. Protein the size of your palm, carbs the size of your fist, fats the size of your thumb. See “Game On Diet” by Krista Vernoff
- Eat slowly & intentionally. Chew thoroughly.
Lung Meridian =
- Practice deep breathing
- Avoid toxic substances that are inhaled (toxic candles (lead and paraffin which is a petroleum biproduct), fumes, toxic household products)
- Cardio exercise (strengthen lung and increase capacity)
- Break a sweat (releases toxins)
- Keep neck covered in wind/cold/rain
Good foods: Rice, carrot, sweet potatoe, ginger, garlic, seaweeds, fibrous foods such as apples & oats
Not so good foods: Heavy dairy, excessive citrus
From Dr. Nicoloff’s slides:
Healing Leaky Gut
There is a simple solution to help transform unhealthy intestinal function back to health:
L. acidophilus NCFM / B. lactis BI-07 = Reinoculate with probiotics to balance immune function, combat microbial overgrowth, improve lactose digestion, reduce bowel distress.
Nutritional & Botanical Therapeutics=
I feel so fortunate to have found such a great doctor who takes time with each of his patients and has a background in holistic medicine. And between acupuncture visits and supplements/herbs, the immune & digestive system can be truly repaired.
Those who think
they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for
(1826-1893) from The Conduct of Life
Integrative Medicine & Women’s Health: Everything You Need To Know
Thursday, November 7th at 6:00pm At Equilibrium Pilates Studio, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Featuring… Julie Silver, MSW, Dipl. Ac. Dr. Jen Green, ND, FABNO Gayle Eubanks, Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor
Equilibrium Pilates Studio and Michigan Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine together have developed a program to bring you the latest health benefits for women of every age. Hear from practitioners of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine and STOTT PILATES and other forms of physical movement.
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As women, we are pressured to keep our figures intact and the world around us supports our desire to be thin and svelte. At the same time, we are watching our bodies change – most of which is beyond our control. Midlife hormonal changes take precedent to our old ways of eating what we want and being able to exercise a few times and “work it off”. Our mind and body are in conflict and there is no sense of balance between the two. In addition, the images we see in the media feed our desire to keep youthful and fight creating a healthy state of balance.
For the past 10 years I have been working in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine. TCM looks at our body (and our world) from a viewpoint of balance. It is the goal of TCM to support our body in achieving a healthy state of balance. Balance does not mean perfection. We are conditioned to think of the perfect body as the images that we see in the media. In TCM, balance means a harmonious way of feeling, being and thinking. Everybody (and body) has their own natural state of balance and every body’s balance is different. My balance is different than your balance. I remember once, in my early days of acupuncture school, some of the senior students telling me that, after learning about TCM, I would “never look at my body the same way”. And they were right. [Read more…]
I was a patient at Acupuncture Healthcare after the birth of my second child. I was experiencing low milk supply after many efforts to prevent it, both pre-nataly and post-nataly. I went to great efforts to boost my supply including; Lactation Consultant visits (pre and post natal), herbs (pre and post natal), relaxation techniques, massage therapy, nutrition, hand expression, pumping, support groups, and most other recommendations I have come across. I had a low supply with my first child and was determined to give my second child only breast milk. I had a wonderful home birth with no complications. I had lots of love and support after birthing and really focused on feeding my baby. Even with all my efforts I was still coming up a little short on fulfilling the babies’ needs. My Lactation Consultant, Barbara Robertson, suggested seeing Monica Leibson at Acupuncture Healthcare. I had had acupuncture in the past, but never committed to consistent sessions. I started seeing Monica every week. After the first session I felt less stressed and had more of an “ok! I can do this!” kind of [Read more…]
Hiring a Doula: A Husband’s Perspective
July 5, 2009
BY ED REESE
This guest post was written by my husband Ed Reese and it represents his views and opinions.
I was struck by Cara’s Wright’s comments in last Friday’s blog post about the reservations fathers-to-be have abouthiring a doula. As a husband that had doubts about it myself, I thought I’d share my experience and hope you find it helpful. In my opinion, men’s resistance to hiring a doula comes from three factors.
Money, Privacy, and Control
We don’t like paying extra. We also know childbirth is very expensive. To many fathers-to-be, a doula just isn’t needed. It’s the equivalent of buying the warranty—and we never get the warranty. You want someone to come with us to the hospital on this special day? Someone crashing our private family moment? Someone telling us what to do? Cara is right, many husbands don’t want to pay for that lack of privacy and control.
We hired my wife Tine’s prenatal yoga instructor Katie Louderback as our doula. In addition to being experienced and knowledgable about the childbirth process, she made us feel immediately at ease. I didn’t realize how much time we would actually spend together prior to delivery. I enjoyed taking time to get to know her, ask questions and learn more about what was ahead of us at our own pace.
False Alarms – The Importance of Experience
About a week before Tine’s due date we were at a restaurant with some good friends. Toward the end of the meal Tine started having contractions. As I was prepping the car for a hasty get-a-way to the hospital she called Katie to talk about what she was feeling. Katie quickly determined that it wasn’t time yet. Sure enough, the contractions stopped after about an hour and we were able to spend one last Saturday night playing cards with our friends before Mac was born. Her insight kept us from going to the hospital too soon.
What Do Father’s-To-Be Have To Offer, Anyway?
Here’s what’s crazy to me: we are expected to somehow support you with no real-world experience whatsoever. We don’t have a baseline as to what’s normal. We don’t know what expressions to look for in your face to know it’s go-time. We don’t know what danger signs to look for, either. It’s not realistic to expect us to do much more than hold your hand, offer encouragement, and say we love you. Then again, maybe that is exactly what our role should be and no more. Beyond that, we’ve got zilch, nada, nunca.
Game Day – The Real Importance of Experience and Support
The contractions came early on the morning of the 31st. After timing them and feeling pretty confident that this was in fact D-Day, she called Katie to get consensus. Yep, this sounded legit. So Katie came over and stayed with us for most of the day. It was much more relaxing for both of us with her there. She had assisted with dozens of births and we were confident in her guiding us through it all.
At 3pm Katie looked at Tine and said it was probably time we head to the hospital. Without a doula, we would’ve left hours earlier and likely been turned away, which could’ve stalled her labor. As it was, Tine was only three centimeters dilated when we arrived and they nearly sent us packing. However, Katie talked to the hospital staff and confidently let them know that it was in her best interest to stay. This was the first of many times that Katie stepped up and worked with the hospital staff on our behalf. This was so incredibly valuable!
As I mentioned before, we men have no baseline for normal. A doula does. Without that experience, it would’ve been tough to question a doctor, nurse, or other hospital staff regarding decisions about the delivery. We were able to make several requests (with Katie’s help) that made labor and delivery more comfortable for Tine, and ultimately helped her achieve a natural birth. It also took a huge weight off of my shoulders. I was able to and offer love and support to my wife without worrying about other details because Katie had them covered. I know hiring a doula might be considered “extra,” but I highly recommend taking that step. It’s well worth it.
“I received acupuncture in the weeks leading up to the birth of my second child. Monica’s consideration and understanding of my preferences was such a blessing during that stressful time. Not only was her listening and education an encouragement, my body responded so well to the treatments. This led to a tremendous birth experience, especially compared to my first birthing experience when I was unprepared physically and emotionally. Having the acupuncture sessions with Monica was an essential component of my birth plan and I would not consider another birth experience without her.”
Benefits of Pre-Birth Acupuncture (weekly starting at week 36):
Research has demonstrated that the mean duration of labor in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours & 2 minutes in the control group (70 women) to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group of women (70) who had received pre-birth acupuncture.
Decreases medical intervention:
Data on 169 women was gathered by 14 midwives as part of their midwifery practice inNew Zealand. It found that when comparing all caregivers (midwives, general practitioners, and specialists) to those women who received pre-birth acupuncture there was:
~ An overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions (for women having their 1st baby there was a 43% reduction)
~ A 31% reduction in the epidural rate
~ 32% reduction in cesarean delivery
~ 9% increase in vaginal births