Acupuncture for Hormone Balancing
As you can imagine hormones is a vast and complex topic. It’s well known that Acupuncture is excellent for hormone balancing. However, trying to nail down how acupuncture and Chinese medicine are beneficial for hormone balancing in one blog is nearly impossible. We will start then by highlighting a few of the most common patterns That show us how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help balance hormones.
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Acupuncture for Hormone Balance Transcript
Hey everyone. I am going to attempt to talk about hormones in a short video. As you can imagine, this topic is quite vast, quite complex and quite nuanced. And so we are going to have to settle for some broad strokes. If you have anything specific that you want to ask in regards to hormones in Chinese medicine, please message me. None of this information is intended to treat or diagnose. If you have a hormonal issue that you’re struggling with, please seek help from your health care practitioner. All this content is meant to do is to stimulate your mind and hopefully stimulate some connections for you where you can see where you might be out of balance. And it will provide some lifestyle tips that you can incorporate that are super easy. That will help you balance out your hormones. They’re a great addition to any treatment plan that you might already be experiencing, um, on.
So we’ll start with blood because blood is everything. Blood is so important to hormones and Chinese medicine and blood is a beautiful harmony and synergy of Yin Yang. Everything in life is created out of Yin Yang, but the blood really is this beautiful connection. So the yin is more of the watery substance part of the blood. And then the young is the fire warmth moving transformative component of the young. And we say that blood gets its color from the fire young energy. And so it’s all about looking at what’s the quality of the blood. So most pathologies have to do with blood. I’m going to highlight four of the most common ones that I see in clinic, and I’m not going to go into depth with each of them. I’ll just go into depth. Um, throughout each video, that’ll be in the coming weeks. Uh, I’ll just highlight one thing, but the four most common things that I see are deficient, blood stagnant, blood cold blood, and then something that we call, um, blood heat or heat in the blood.
So let’s start with deficient ways that you can see or maybe tune into whether or not you have a bit of a blood deficiency are going on, are going to be, um, signs of paleness. So pale lips, pale skin, Pale tongue, oftentimes we will have ridges along our nail and then simply just not having enough blood. So maybe not menstruating for enough days. And what do I mean when I say enough days, a woman changes so much in her menstrual life. So this is going to change throughout the course of her menstrual life. So of course in the beginning, you’re going to have, you’re going to bleed for more days. And as you get more towards perimenopause in your forties and fifties, well, typically early in the fifties were starting to hit menopause. Your blood is going to just naturally become less. So three to five days is a nice sort of average range to look for ways that you can nourish deficient blood are something called moxibustion and I’ll likely do a moxa video coming up here. I’m a little hesitant because it does use fire and I don’t want anybody to harm themselves, but it is one of those things that I give moxa sticks to my clients all the time. It’s really just something easy that you can do at home that will help nourish because moxa is from the herb mugwort and it’s a big one in Chinese medicine when it comes to nourishing. And what we say is tonifying to the blood. So it’ll help to activate the blood and really nourish the components of the blood.
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And then there’s diet. All of the organs systems play a role in keeping the blood and the hormones balanced, but diet is the first step in creating blood. So when there’s a deficiency of blood, it’s really common that there’s a dietary factor. That’s contributing some of the things that you can do from a diet perspective to help nourish your blood are going to be, to eat warm foods. So soups are excellent, making sure that your foods are steamed or warmed in some way, roasted that kind of thing. And then leafy greens and grains really helped to create the substance and the vibrancy of the blood and meat is an excellent way for women who are deficient to nourish their blood. And I know that a lot of vegans and vegetarians are not going to like that answer, but unfortunately, it’s really common that the vegans and the vegetarians out there are typically the most blood deficient.
This is not a hard, fast rule. Everybody digests differently. Everybody is unique in their physiology and how it is that they’re able to absorb certain macronutrients from food. But as an overarching theme, they are typically the ones that are the most efficient you can do. Um, bone broth as well. If you don’t actually want to eat meat, bone broth is a really nice way to nourish your blood. So why are we blood deficient? Well, there are a few reasons. And one of them is really simple it’s that we menstruate every month, or at least we’re meant to side note, birth control, a totally separate topic, happy to address it. What I find over time is that it will deplete a woman’s blood and their yin. So the longer that you’re on it, the more chronic that’s typically going to be again, completely separate topic in the woman who was menstruating.
We, every month we give up our blood and we have to have the resources to make new blood for the coming month. So there are a few factors that are going to affect. This one is going to be the quality of our sleep is when we rejuvenate, we replenish and we balance our blood and our hormones. So if you’re not sleeping, make it a priority to get on top of figuring that out. The other one is diet. And this one is typically because we are under-eating and we are eating way too many cold foods like salads. When we’re under-eating, we’re not giving ourselves enough resources to actually make blood. So we just don’t have the substance. When we’re eating too many cold foods, we’re dampening our digestive fire. We need heat and fire to transform life. So we need that heat, that digestive heat to transform what it is that we’re taking in.
So the grains, the leaf, the leafy greens, you name it, the nut butter is whatever we need heat to be able to, um, get everything going in the cooking pot basically. And then we need that heat to be able to distribute that nutrition. And we need that heat to be able to create blood. So when we eat too many cold foods, we dampen that fire. The other thing is overworking. Overworking requires blood to go to our muscles and to go to the periphery so that we can animate ourselves in that work when either we’re working beyond our means that will create a blood deficiency when we’re already in a state of chronic deficiency and we’re working beyond our means. And this also means too much exercise and exercise, especially when we’re menstruating. If we’re doing that, then we are perpetuating a chronic blood deficiency. Other reasons are blood loss, particularly postpartum.
And there’s a huge link to postpartum depression and blood deficiency that can be addressed in another video, if you guys are interested and then chronic worry, um, and over-identification with emotional States, that topic is way too big for this video, but just know that if you were chronically over-identified with a certain emotion, you really want to take note of that and put some focus into it as well. And so all of this to say, usually what happens from a blood deficiency, the ways that this will manifest and show up for us are going to be with fertility issues with PMs, uh, and then different menstrual irregularities, including painful periods. There can also be a lack of period again, I mean, it’s such a nuanced topic, but I find at least for what I treat that those are the ways that it usually shows up. So hopefully that’s been helpful and I’ll see you guys soon.