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PCOS

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) is a condition that is estimated to affect over 5 million women in the US. It appears to be on the rise along with other chronic inflammatory disorders and diseases, so it is time to for us to take a look at what’s going on. Some signs of the disorder are excess weight, excess facial hair, loss of hair on the head, acne, and irregular or missing periods. In addition to these signs, clinical testing often shows elevated blood sugar levels, imbalances in sex hormones, and elevated cholesterol.

While the exact mechanism of cause for PCOS is still under investigation, it is known that a number of root lifestyle issues contribute to the condition. Here, I will walk you through a few of these problems and how to address them.

Blood Sugar Imbalance

Insulin resistance is one of the main features of PCOS, and it is also becoming associated with a lot of other inflammatory diseases. Now is it the chicken or the egg? Time will tell.

Either way, there is something you can do about it.

How do you know if you have this?

There aren’t always symptoms with blood sugar imbalance, but feeling tired and sluggish first thing in the morning or after meals can certainly be a sign. If eating something brings you out of your stupor, or you tend to get “hangry,” it’s probably blood sugar related.

What to do

The same advice we always give for everything holds true here too (broken record warning): get rid of processed foods, sugar, flour, dairy. Eat lean animal protein, veggies, nuts, and limited amounts of fruit and starches. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice and quinoa are not the enemy - just keep your portions limited to a total of about a cup per day.

Exercise also helps to regulate blood sugar, so get out there and get at least 10-15 minutes of intentional exercise a day. What do I mean by “intentional?” I mean that you are exercising for you and your body. This can be something as simple as a nice walk, but what you already do in a day, like walking from your car to your office, doesn’t count.

If diet and exercise alone are not cutting it, you can add in some supplements like inositol or NAC to help your body gain back control of your blood sugar and insulin levels.

Gut Health

Poor gut health leads to a LOT of diseases/disorders. Our standard western diet has done a lot of destruction to our intestinal microbiota (all those good little bugs in our gut that help us digest our foods). Without those guys helping us, we get inflammation inside the gut and out.

How do you know if you have this?

Digestive symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or heartburn all point to poor gut health. Generalized achiness or pain can also be a sign, as the inflammation invades the rest of your body.

What to do

The same advice we always give for everything holds true here too (broken record warning): get rid of processed foods, sugar, flour, dairy. Eat lean animal protein, veggies, nuts, and limited amounts of fruit and starches. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice and quinoa are not the enemy - just keep your portions limited to a total of about a cup per day. (yes, I just copied-and-pasted from that paragraph above ;-))

One huge change that can really help your digestion is to SLOW DOWN your meals and chew your food thoroughly, as this is really the first step of digestion. Time yourself and see if you can make your meal last for at least 15 minutes.

If diet alone is not cutting it, you can add in some fermented foods (sauerkraut or kimchi, for example) or probiotics. Digestive enzymes can also be taken before meals to help you break foods down.

Adrenal Overload

The HPA axis has been in the natural health news for years now. Our reaction to daily life stressors is having quite an ill effect on our health. Our body truly doesn’t understand the difference between work deadlines or watching a scary movie and actually being chased by a tiger, so our stress hormones often flood our system even when we don’t think we are stressed.

How do you know if you have this?

Trouble sleeping, brain fog, daytime fatigue, and feeling “tired but wired” are all signs that your HPA axis is out of whack.

What to do

Re-think how you think about stress. Our perception that something is stressful makes it even worse. But try not to stress out about how thinking you are stressed is even worse for you. :-)

Get plenty of sleep and cut down or cut out caffeine.

Yoga, meditation, and acupuncture can also regulate the HPA axis as well.

There are also some great adaptogenic herbs to help get this system back in balance, like ashwagandha or eleuthero, or certain TCM herbal formulas. It’s a good idea to consult a health care practitioner (like us!) before taking something like this, though.

While PCOS can feel like a permanent disorder with a host of distressing symptoms, I really don’t think it has to be a lifetime diagnosis. With a good, clean diet and thoughtful self care, your body can come back into balance and those symptoms (as well as clinical test results) can often go back to normal.

Please let us know if you have any questions about PCOS or any other women’s health issues. As always, we are here for you!

Men Have Hormones Too!

We sure do talk about women’s hormonal health a lot around here, but I know that men have hormones too! Here, I will walk you through some of the most important hormones for a man’s health, and then share some tips on things you can do to keep these hormones optimal. 

Men, meet your hormones:

Testosterone

This is the hormone that we most associate with men. When it is low, you can experience fatigue, depression, sleep problems, low sex drive, bone loss and/or irritability. It naturally declines with age, but it has also been found to be low in younger men. Some of the reasons for this include taking certain medications such as pain relievers, statins, steroids or sleeping pills, eating a poor diet, and exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in the environment. 

DHEA

DHEA is the precursor to testosterone that is produced in our adrenals. It is also responsible for improving bone density and depression, and is key in slowing the aging process. Working to increase DHEA is one of the best ways to improve testosterone levels naturally. 

Cortisol

Cortisol is a stress hormone that is also produced in our adrenals. It should peak first thing in the morning, and then steadily decrease during the day. When we are exposed to chronic stress, cortisol levels can remain high, disrupting our energy levels and ability to sleep. High cortisol is also associated with belly fat, which is the worst type for our health. 

Insulin

Insulin is the hormone in charge of keeping our blood sugar balanced. When our insulin is elevated, it causes decreased production of DHEA in the adrenals. Cortisol can decrease insulin levels, which will lead to elevated blood sugar as well. 

Tips to balance these hormones (if you’ve ever read anything we’ve written, I don’t think you are going to be surprised 😀):

Stress Reduction

Stress reduction techniques like deep breathing, yoga and getting out into nature have a beneficial effect on all these hormones. Most importantly, it helps to boost DHEA and decreases cortisol.

Diet

Eat healthy fats
Eating healthy fats, like avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds, coconut products, & purified omega-3 fish oil supplements can help to increase DHEA.  

Get your protein
Healthy protein sources to boost DHEA production include free range chicken, turkey, and eggs, grass-fed red meat and wild-caught fish.

Eliminate sugar and refined foods
Sugar and refined foods increase insulin and cortisol levels and decrease DHEA. Just say no!

Exercise

Exercise of any type will help balance these hormones. Starting off with an intense aerobic program can increase cortisol levels, however, so it might be smart to work your way up in intensity if you haven’t been exercising. Weight training is especially great for improving insulin uptake. 

Sleep

Getting enough good quality sleep will also help improve cortisol, DHEA and insulin levels. 

Avoid endocrine disruptors

More and more data is showing that endocrine disruptors, such as phthalates, that are in our environment can have a negative impact on our health. Avoiding plastics as much as possible, and definitely not heating food up in plastic, are ways to cut down your exposure. Looking for natural fabrics and materials for items in your home and drinking pure, filtered water out of glass or metal containers will help too.

Acupuncture and Herbs

And, of course, I would be a bad health care professional if I didn’t mention that acupuncture and herbs can help to regulate these hormones. Inserting acupuncture needles in specific points can trigger a cascade of hormones that work to harmonize the entire endocrine system. Herbal formulas created just for you can also decrease cortisol, battle insulin resistance, and improve both DHEA and testosterone levels.

So, guys, do you feel like you’ve gotten your turn? 

As always, feel free to call, email, or chat with us about any of this at your next appointment. 


Fertility Basics

As more and more women and men struggle with fertility issues, I thought it would be helpful to cover some fertility basics. If you’re out there reading this and thinking about having a baby, trying to conceive, or going through some medical intervention to help you along, this is for you.

Infertility is technically defined as the inability to conceive after 6 months to 1 year or longer, depending on the woman’s age and previous pregnancies. Unfortunately for women, the older we get, the more challenging it can be to get pregnant. Or that’s what your doctors tell you. However, I truly believe that depending on a mix of genetics and how well you take care of yourself, anyone can defy the odds!

First off, there are a number of issues that can cause infertility in women including ovulatory functions (whether you’re ovulating or not and the quality of your eggs), blockages (like tumors, fibroids, cysts, or adhesions), hormone dysfunction, endometriosis, and unfavorable cervical mucous (aka. a hostile environment). For men, they’re seeing a decrease in sperm count and morphology of sperm that really contributes to the inability to conceive. Side note: guys, DON’T keep your phone in your front pocket of your pants. They’re discovering that that might be contributing to the drop in fertility rates.

On average, 65% of couples conceive within the first 6 months of trying and 90% at 12 months of so. The numbers are in your favor! If you’ve been trying for a while and aren’t able to get pregnant, it’s always a good idea to go see your OB/GYN and get some blood tests run. They give us SO much information to work with and more accuracy in how we treat you with acupuncture and herbs. Here are some of the main tests we look at just to get a gist of what’s happening in your body:

  • TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone). If these numbers are off, it could be a signal higher in the hormone cascade that you aren’t ovulating. So get your thyroid checked! This should fall between at 1.0 and 3.0 Iu/ml.

  • FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone): This is a hormone released by the pituitary gland close to the brain and can indicate the quality of the eggs. 10 mIU/mL or less is the magic number. Any more than that can indicate that some might have an issue conceiving.

  • AMH (Anti-Mullerian hormone): predictor of ovarian reserve. So the smaller the number, the less functional the ovaries are. Greater than 1.0, you have good ovarian reserve. Borderline numbers are around 0.7-0.9 and low AMH is considered to be down to 0.3 ng/ml.

Depending on several factors, like the results from the tests above or after a certain amount of time trying naturally without any luck (or if you’re in a same-sex partnership), often doctors will recommend using protocols such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to help the process along. IUI is less invasive and is less expensive than IVF. Both processes function by engineering impeccable timing. For IUI, doctors place sperm inside the uterine cavity at the exact moment of ovulation to ensure the best shot at conception. Two weeks later you test and see if it worked! IVF is a much more invasive and lengthy process. It’s usually incredibly expensive and not covered by most insurances. Typically this process is 3-6 months in length and involves taking hormones, retrieving eggs, fertilizing them and re-implanting them inside the female to see if they take. For both IUI and IVF, some couples might have to go through multiple rounds of each in order to have a successful conception. Others have success in the first try.

PHEW! That’s most of the scary stuff… but the reality is, SO many of the women we see don’t have anything “wrong” at all. Lots of times, numbers and lab tests come back “normal” and yet they still aren’t getting pregnant naturally as quickly as they thought or hoped. We as acupuncturists and others in the alternative medical field, look at other factors that could contribute. Stress being the most prominent; but hormone disruptors/chemicals, diet, exercise, and sleep are all part of the picture. Bottom line: our goal is to bring your body into harmony and balance! From there, nature takes its course and you’re able to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy as it should be.

We live in a society that relies on instant gratification and that is NOT the case when it comes to fertility. When I see a new fertility patient, I tell them to give me 3-6 months of treatment with acupuncture and herbs in order to affect the new, complete cycle of follicles (which turn into eggs to be fertilized). There have been incredible studies done that prove that acupuncture and herbal medicine have had significant effectiveness in treating a plethora of fertility-related issues, including boosting the chances of pregnancy with IUI and IVF procedures! Heck ya!!

Things to remember when trying for a baby: don’t get frustrated and stressed! That will only work against you. I know, I know… easy to say, hard to do. The most important thing is to HAVE FUN during this process and be patient. Think about it- that’s how it should be! Watch the diet, remove toxic chemicals from your household, exercise a few times a week, and make sure you’re sleeping soundly throughout the night. If you or family or friends are having issues with fertility, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We are here to answer any questions and help you through your journey!

Endocrine Disruptors and Fertility

If you are thinking about getting pregnant or having a difficult time conceiving, it’s important to give some consideration to the increasing recognition of the impact of environmental toxins and endocrine disrupting chemicals on human health and fertility.

Researchers have tracked worrisome trends in increasing infertility rates over the past few decades, and the ubiquity of industrial chemicals that disrupt the human endocrine system are theorized as partly to blame. Although more research needs to be done, many organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, Environmental Working Group, The Endocrine Society, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), are in agreement that these hormone disrupting chemicals pose a risk to human health and fertility.

Healthy fertility depends on balanced hormone levels. Hormones are the chemical messengers that are secreted by different glands in the body directly into the bloodstream that help to regulate a wide variety of physiological functions in the body, including metabolism, sleep, growth and development, mood, and reproduction, amongst many others. Endocrine disrupting chemicals (sometimes called EDCs for short) disrupt normal hormone functioning in a variety of ways - from potentially blocking or interfering the way certain hormones are made or controlled, increasing or decreasing normal hormone levels, as well as mimicking naturally occurring hormones in the body such as estrogen. Research has found that EDCs have very negative effects on viable eggs in women as well as sperm count in men.

Two of the most commonly used EDCs are bisphenol-A (also called BPA) and phthalates. BPA was originally used as a synthetic estrogen added to animal feed to help fatten the animals up, and it is currently added to plastic to help soften it and make it more pliable. Phthalates are also used to soften plastic (sometimes referred to as a “plasticizers”), as well as a solvent in many cosmetic and personal care products.

But fear not! There are many practical and pragmatic choices you can make to help significantly reduce your exposure to these troublesome chemicals. Here are a few of the important things you can do to help reduce your exposure to EDCs:

  • To the best of your ability try to minimize your use of plastic beverage bottles, plastic cutlery, and foods prepared or wrapped in plastic.

  • Avoid heating (especially microwaving) foods in plastic containers, as heating plastic containers causes the EDCs to leach out of the plastic.

  • Avoid washing any plastic items in the dishwasher, as this also causes the plastics to soften and leach out chemicals.

  • Avoid canned items, unless it states that the can lining is “BPA-free.”

  • Use cosmetics and personal care products made of natural and organic products that state “phthalate-free” on the label.

  • Avoid products with fragrances and heavy scents - phthalates are found in many common household items in this category, such as air fresheners, dryer sheets, and scented candles.

  • Break a sweat. Researchers have found that we eliminate and clear phthalates from our system in the process of sweating.

  • Taking regular Epsom salt baths helps to cleanse and clear the the tissues of chemicals. Use two cups of Epsom salts per bath.

Acupuncture for Endometriosis Support

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is fairly prevalent, believed to affect 10% of all women, or 176 million women worldwide. It is very under-diagnosed, with many women not even knowing that they have it, and very often finding out in the course of trying to get pregnant.

Endometriosis is a peculiar gynecological condition that isn’t very well understood. In endometriosis, some of the uterine tissue that is normally shed during menstruation (uterine tissue inside the uterus is called the endometrium) is found outside of the uterus and in other areas of the body, most often in pelvic cavity. This abnormal uterine tissue that makes its way outside of the uterus then acts as if it still lining the uterus - becoming thicker during the cycle and then shedding during menstruation.

This uterine tissue can form into tiny superficial patches, as well as into larger areas of lesions. The immune system can perceive these patches as a type of injury, and in the course of trying to heal it, can form scar tissue. These endometrial patches can form on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, on the pelvic side-wall (the peritoneum), the rectal-vaginal septum (an area of connective tissue that separates the vagina from the rectum), the recto-uterine pouch (a small cavity that separates the uterus from the rectum), the bladder, cesarean-section scars, and even the bowel, intestines, and colon.

The classic signs of endometriosis are intense menstrual cramps, pain during intercourse (especially during deep penetration), and infertility, but not all women who have endometriosis will experience these symptoms. Other symptoms include chronic pelvic pain, low back pain, painful bowel movements during menstrual periods, heavy or irregular bleeding, and fatigue. Another curious aspect of this condition is that the degree of pain a woman experiences can be very much unrelated to the severity of the condition. For example, small patches with a minor amount of spreading can lead to debilitating pain for some, while extensive spreading of lesions can produce no symptoms in others.

The causes of endometriosis are not well understood. One theory is that somehow endometrial cells can flow backwards out the fallopian tubes and spread throughout the pelvis - this is termed “retrograde menstruation.” Endometriosis can also be difficult to diagnose. Ultrasound can diagnose ovarian endometriomas (sometimes called chocolate cysts) but the most reliable test is laparoscopy, with tissue biopsy as confirmation.

More and more women are turning to acupuncture to help address and diminish the symptoms of menstrual pain and endometriosis. Acupuncture, herbal supplements, and heat therapy (in the form of TDP lamps or moxibustion) can help to regulate hormone levels and the menstrual cycle, greatly diminish the symptoms of menstrual and pelvic pain, increase and support the the healthy supply of blood flow to the uterus, ovaries, and throughout the pelvic cavity, as well as work to diminish some of the other side effects that can come with severe menstrual pain - such as stress and anxiety, digestive upset, and fatigue.
Another lifestyle factor to consider if you experience symptoms of intensely painful periods or are trying to get pregnant is greatly diminishing or quitting alcohol (https://www.thetemper.com/the-top-10-health-risks-of-alcohol-for-women/) use altogether. A review of 15 studies concluded that the risk of endometriosis was increased 24% in those who drank alcohol compared to those who abstained.

Painful Periods

UGH.. painful periods.

Ladies, this is the worst, am I right? It turns out, dysmenorrhea (painful periods) affect around 85% of women out there. That is a staggering number. Theoretically, our cycles should not be painful at all, if you can believe that! The menses should come once a month and it should be a smooth process, without PMS or other complications. In the olden days, there were far LESS instances of pain with periods due to a number of reasons. However, in this modern time, we are constantly surrounded by things in our environment that disrupt our endocrine systems (aka. our hormones). I’ll get into what might be contributing to painful periods and what diagnoses we see mostly in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Painful periods occur in the body because of one thing: stagnant blood and qi (energy) in the uterus. That means that there isn’t a smooth flow of either- things are stuck or blocked. But how does that happen exactly? We aren’t born with that pattern. Its formed over the course of our lives, based on what we expose ourselves to and how we treat our bodies.

The most common cause of period pain, according to TCM is called “liver qi stagnation.” It has nothing to do with your actual liver, but the Chinese energetics that is associated with that organ system. There are several things that allow for the liver qi to stagnate leading to pain with the cycle. If you are drinking too much alcohol, eating too many fried foods, are sedentary, or are constantly stressed or emotionally haggard, that can lead to “liver qi stagnation.” Our lifestyle dramatically affects the way we menstruate. Other symptoms of liver qi stagnation include breast tenderness/swelling premenstrually, mood swings (majorly in the way of irritability), anxiety, depression, and cramping that can start before the actual flow.

If this sounds like you, the best way to ease some of those painful periods are to get some exercise in! The week before your period is a great time to get acupuncture and cupping in order to get that stuck energy moving before your period starts. We have a great formula called “The Free and Easy Wanderer” that helps alleviate some of that horrible PMS and help aid in a healthier, less painful period.

Another cause for dysmenorrhea can be described as “cold stagnation in the uterus.” This is the typical qi and blood stagnation that we see with painful periods, but adds in an element of cold. This is typically felt as sharp, stabbing pain that is better with warmth. Cycles can also be heavier and clotted. If you have been exposed to the cold for some lengths of time, walk on cold floors with bare feet, eat raw/cold foods often, you might have an element of cold as a part of your pattern. Try using a heating pad once a day for the few days leading up to your period. You can also incorporate cooked foods into the diet and drink ginger tea daily to add an element of heat to your system as well.

Other environmental factors, like chemicals used in our homes or body products, can be linked to hormone dysregulation. They are discovering that phthalates, parabens, and fragrances used in lotions and makeup can mimic estrogen; therefore, disrupting our menstrual cycles. The same goes for chemicals in cleaning products or burning soy-based candles. The best bet is to switch to safer products! If you’re curious about what the toxicity level is of anything you use, the best bet is to go to EWG.org and look them up under the “Skin Deep” portion of their website.

If you or a loved one has painful periods, don’t hesitate to reach out! We have an arsenal of modalities and herbs that can be beneficial for this particular condition. Let us know if you’re struggling! We can help.


"Balancing" Hormones


If you have ever come in to see me and asked me to balance your hormones, you know what I’m going to say - what does that even mean?! Do you want a special acupuncture point that will supercharge certain hormones, cut off others, and magically makes all your symptoms go away? Do you think “hormone imbalance” looks the same for everyone? And if we could just “balance” these poorly behaved home wreckers, life would be rainbows and puppies?

I feel like we have been led to believe that there is a way for our hormones to stay constant and even and we will just sail through life. But that’s not how hormones work! They aren’t static - they ebb and flow, just like anything else in nature. Look at the ocean, look at the seasons, look at pretty much anything in the environment and you’ll see; nature (and humans) are always changing.

Let’s think of it more as getting our hormones coordinated in a delicate dance. In general, they respond to what is going on in our body and act accordingly. Do they go all wacko on their own? Rarely. Instead, we have to look at possible triggers. Here are a few, along with their fixes:

  1. Dietary triggers and gut imbalance.
    Hidden food sensitivities and a lack of good bacteria in our intestinal lining have been linked to hormonal issues like diabetes. Avoiding common allergens for a period of time, as well as cutting out sugar and refined foods, can go a long way to rebuilding your gut health. Adding in a probiotic and good spices such as garlic and turmeric can help in the repair. Also, make sure you aren’t skimping on healthy fat - it is an important building block for many hormones.

  2. Environmental triggers.
    There are over 80,000 chemicals in our environment, and some of them are well-known contributors to disease. The scary thing is that tens of thousands of them have not been competently studied. The best you can do is do your best (hey, that sounds like Yoda, or Yogi Bear): go organic as much as possible, switch out your cosmetics and cleaning supplies for greener versions, drink filtered water out of glass or stainless steel, eat a lot of cruciferous veggies and add organic lemon to your water to help your liver detox.

  3. Stress and lack of sleep.
    Time and time again, I see this play out in clinic. When we are able to get stress levels down and sleep quantity and quality up, symptoms such as hot flashes, moodiness, skin issues and more are resolved. Just do it!

  4. High levels of inflammation.
    Most often caused by a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, inflammation wreaks havoc on all body systems. Eating a whole foods diet with a concentration on vegetables and fruit can help bring that inflammation down and put out the hormonal fires (literally - we often see hot flashes as part of this pattern). Getting moving can help muscles take up extra blood sugar and over time can help to lower insulin resistance as well as inflammation.

Sometimes these lifestyle interventions don’t work quickly enough or well enough on their own. That’s where acupuncture and herbal medicine can help to get things moving in the right direction again. Most often, these modalities are only needed for a period of time to help the body heal more quickly while we work on modifying the lifestyle behaviors to stop contributing to the symptoms.

Now, don’t worry. It’s okay if you come in and ask me to balance your hormones. Just don’t be surprised when I ask for more detail in terms of symptoms so that we can get to the bottom of what’s going on and treat your pattern accordingly. And you can bet I’m going to make you get more sleep and eat more veggies!

The Yin and Yang of Hormones

As we all know, hormones are an extremely complicated system in the human body. They relate to weight fluctuations, sleep patterns, growth and development, all of our metabolic processes, digestive patterns, and our moods! Like Karen was saying, hormones should ebb and flow like the ocean; or have a fluid movement throughout a person’s everyday life. It’s a very delicate balance of what should be high and what should be low at any given time- hour to hour, or day to day (like insulin and cortisol), or month to month (like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc). You want the body to cycle through all of its functions with as much ease as possible. From eating to sleeping to digestion-- hormones are the key that make everything work properly!

This patterning of hormones relates to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) very well. At the most basic level, TCM is based on the theory of yin and yang. Both of these entities are completely separate, but they also rely on each other to function. Yin being the nourishing aspects of the body: blood/ body fluids and the yang being the movement or how well things move in the system, like circulation. If there’s too little or too much of either, symptoms might pop up.

For females, the month to month flow of hormones can be a tricky balance. Certain hormones spike to trigger ovulation, some drop in levels to trigger the start of a menstrual cycle and some maintain throughout the month to ensure neither of those are happening! One example of a hormone imbalance (known as a yin deficiency in TCM terms) is low progesterone or estrogen that can manifest as hot flashes and/or night sweats. Women typically experience this specific issue around menopause; however, it could happen at any time. Those hormones can also be out of whack in males as well, but because they don’t have a menstrual cycle, symptoms show up a little differently. It can be linked to low sex drive, increased body fat, fatigue, hair loss, etc. Another hormone-related issue we see is when people have adrenal fatigue. They burn themselves out early in life and later down the line they have no energy. This is referred to as a yang deficiency in TCM. In practice, we use a lot of moxabustion (that herb we burn occasionally) to help boost the yang of the body and give people more energy. Click here to read more about the yin and yang connection to hormones.

Luckily LOTS of hormone-related symptoms are treatable with acupuncture and Chinese herbs! The first thing I do when people feel like they’re hormones are out of balance is put them on a formula we love called “Liver DTX.” Along with cleaning up the diet, this formula helps detox the liver, an organ responsible for processing all hormones of the body. From there, we work subsequently to make sure the flow of yin and yang are behaving properly! Other dietary and lifestyle changes are applicable too. If you’re curious what might benefit you specifically, ask Karen or me next time you’re in for a tune up!

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