Womens Health Week
I love how Women’s Health Week corresponds with the first week of Spring and brings this powerful possibility for change. The change of season allows us to deliberately leave behind thoughts and habits that no longer serve us. The arrival of Spring also brings more colourful fruit and veggies and an opportunity to enliven up our diet. Maybe use this time to spring clean your cupboards and have a ceremonious binning of packet foods or anything that contains vegetable oils, refined flours, artificial sweeteners or numbers. Every cell in our body is created from what you put in your mouth. Real...
Menopause TCM infertility
As we enter Spring, a time for transition and renewal, I thought it fitting to touch on an important transition in a woman’s life – menopause. At seven times seven a woman's heavenly dew wanes;the pulse of her Conception channel decreases.The Qi that dwelt in the baby's palace moves upward into her heart,and her wisdom is deepened. This is a translation of a passage from the first chapter of The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine. It describes what we refer to as menopause: At about 49 years, menstruation (Heavenly Dew) ceases, and the ability to conceive fades. The vitality...
communicating anger healthy emotions
I see many women in my clinic who struggle with communication of their emotions, in particular anger. Our social and cultural norms tell us that women are supposed to make everyone else feel better and are only allowed to be sad and vulnerable, but not angry. When women are angry, they’re labelled as “aggressive” or “hysterical” which causes an immediate shut-down and blocks a relationship. Men have the opposite problem, in that anger is understood but they are not ‘allowed’ to express other emotions. Men getting physically aggressive with each other - while looked down upon - is seen as...
womens health week resilience
We see so many tired, busy, stressed women in our clinic and the recurring statement is “I just can’t cope anymore” or “I have lost my patience” or “I am just so exhausted”. The ability to bounce back from stress or adversity is important throughout life, especially in our older years. Like many other aspects of health and well-being, your level of resilience is not set in stone. Instead, think of it as a toolkit you have access to during these times. Spring is a great time to draw on our toolkit and let the winter blues go. What’s in...
Good mood food
When you feel tired, depressed, stressed or anxious, the chances are you wouldn't consider your digestive system or a food you have eaten to have anything to do with it. Clinical studies into the gut-brain connection have revealed a complex communication system that ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis and is also likely to have multiple effects on cognitive functions like mood. The complexity of these interactions is via the pathways of the gut-brain axis. Scientists have discovered that the digestive system acts like a 'second brain' producing neurotransmitters such as serotonin - a contributor to feelings of well-being...