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On the Verge of Tears: Crying, PMS and Acupressure

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 8:35 PM


Weeping is a human behavior. It helps us relieve stress, communicate with others, and feel soothed. Crying can also feel overwhelming, embarrassing, or just “in the way.” Sometimes, it lets us know that our physical or mental health is out of balance. All of these things can apply to the teariness that is ever-present for some women in the days before their periods.


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Acupressure for Cramps

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Do you write "Cramps" on your chart every month?

I know many of you do. This New Moon I'd like to talk about something you can do yourself to get natural relief from painful periods: acupressure.

"Acupressure” is massaging or pressing on acupuncture points. Massaging these points throughout the month will be the most effective, because this can help prevent cramps. You can also ma...

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PMS Headaches

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Question: Turns out my worst headaches are all after ovulation. They're not every day post-ovulation, but most. Always in my temples. So is it hormonal? What do I do about it?
 
Answer: Sounds like it's hormonal! Pre-menstrual headaches are common, and often related to the liver having trouble dealing with higher levels of hormones post-ovulation. The temples are a classic location for these PMS headaches due to "Liver Qi stagnation" (in Chinese medicine terms).

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Food for Cervical Mucus and Kidney Jing?

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Question: I don't have a lot of cervical mucus, and my acupuncturist said it's because I don't have enough Kidney Jing. Any food advice?

 

Answer: "Jing" is a Chinese medicine term referring to "reproductive essence." We inherit it, and we can nourish it. Seeds, sprouts, nuts, and eggs are great choices (they support the "babies" of their species!). Also, seaweeds and algae. Being ocean foods, they're great for the Ki...

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Why Should We Bleed?

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 1:45 PM

The idea of only getting 4 periods a year with some of the new pills, or having no periods at all by taking the shot, doesn't seem right to me. I don't have any great reason other than the female cycle seems like something that shouldn't be interfered with. Are there any medical reasons to keep bleeding?

 

That is a great question. The ...

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