Use of Herbal Medicine in Pregnancy

Has your doctor or midwife told you to stop taking herbs or to not use herbs, especially Dang Gui (sometimes spelled Dongquai) during pregnancy? There are instances where herbal medicine can be safe and beneficial. However, it is best to only use herbs or herbal formulas recommended by a licensed acupuncturist or certified herbalist that specializes in treating women during pregnancy, as they are the only ones with enough expertise to understand the proper application and dosage. Every patient is different and is treated based on individual constitution, health history, and current presentation, and whether the patient is taking medications has to be taken into account. If a patient is on other medications, that is taken into account as well.…
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Walk of Hope

The Walk of Hope is an annual event put on by RESOLVE in multiple cities across the country. RESOLVE is a national infertility association whose aim it is to raise awareness about infertility and provide support groups for the various aspects of dealing with infertility. Click here for more information and to find a support group near you for your specific needs. The Sacramento and Roseville chapters of RESOLVE just put on their 3rd annual Walk of Hope held at the steps of the state capital building on September 19th. Our office had a tent and table setup where we served organic lemonade and seed cycling treats (a natural way of helping regulate a menstrual cycle, but also, just a…
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Can Acupuncture help PCOS?

What is PCOS? Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS is an “umbrella term” for a women’s endocrine disorder that affects the reproductive system and fertility. PCOS may or may not present with actual multiple cysts on the ovaries, may or may not present with insulin resistance (blood sugar issues), but will present with a hormonal imbalance. This imbalance looks like: elevated testosterone levels elevated DHEA-sulfate high LH to FSH ratio (~2:1) PCOS affects approximately 5 million women of childbearing age in the U.S. and can have a negative impact on egg quality and the ability to conceive. This condition can cause anovulation, irregular menses, and amenorrhea (lack of a menstrual period). If you think you may have PCOS based on these…
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