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Stop the Bleeding, Clarify the Source, and Restore Qi and Blood

One day, a young lady came into our out-patient clinic. She was referred to me by another doctor. Her thin and pale face was full of sorrow and energyless. She told me in a weak voice that her menstruation had not stopped for six months in a row, sometimes the flow is heavy like a flood, other times just little spots. The ultrasound examination one week before did not reveal any...

Making a Smooth Transition: Menopause and TCM

The menopausal transition is a natural progression that takes reproductive-aged women from regular period cycles to a final menstrual period and the end of ovarian function. Menopause begins with an irregular menstrual cycle, and tends to last for 4-7 years. This aging with loss of follicular activity occurs within a wide age range of 42-58 years old, with the average age of its onset being at 47. During this period, more erratic...

Acupuncture and Women’s Health

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is inserting a very thin, single-use needle into certain points of the body for a healing purpose. The process is safe and hygienic. Acupuncture can be traced back approximately 2,500 years. This treatment method is said to have been discovered accidently by Chinese ancestors while healing with stones. After thousands of years of empirical experience, it developed in to a mature medical therapy, which is also an important...

Tips to Reduce Morning Sickness and Backaches During Pregnancy

Here are some do’s and don’ts that will help you prevent backaches and morning sickness, some of the most common complaints, during pregnancy. Make sure to consult with your doctor and consider visiting a TCM practitioner and/or physiotherapist if you are having difficulty with back pain or nausea. Natural treatments, exercises, and small lifestyle modifications can help you be more comfortable during your pregnancy. Do: Eat many small meals throughout the...

Fertility Problems and Getting Pregnant: Natural Solutions with TCM

When facing difficulties getting pregnant, couples can look for help in the Western medical field. However, after having tried almost everything or simply because they want a more natural solution, they can also find help with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM can help a couple – by treating the woman and/or man – raise their chances of conceiving a baby by a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal decoctions and the...

Body & Soul’s St. Martin’s Day Traditions

Each year, Body & Soul-Medical Clinics celebrate St. Martin’s Day (November 11th). Known as a friend of children and patron of the poor, Saint Martin represents social justice. Following his example, Body & Soul donates to the Bloodline and More Than Aware events each year to give back to the Shanghai community.The Bloodline blood donation event will be held on October 31st. For more information or to participate, check them...

Does Dying Your Hair Increase Your Risk of Dying?

This article is part of our “In Medical News” series where Dr. Sara Laudani shares a recent study or article and offers some analysis and tips about the news, to help patients stay informed. A recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer links permanent hair dye and chemical straighteners to breast cancer. Permanent dye use was associated with a 45% higher breast cancer relative risk in black women and...

Relieving the Symptoms of PMS and Painful Periods

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) PMS is a combination of physical and emotional symptoms that many women get before the start of their menstrual period. Researchers think that PMS happens in the days after ovulation because estrogen and progesterone levels begin falling dramatically. Over 90% of women get some PMS symptoms, but some experience more severe symptoms which affect their daily life.  A small percentage (under 5%) experience PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). Typically, this...

Acupuncture for a Happier Period

Menstrual pain, or dysmenorrhea, is the most commonly reported menstrual disorder. More than half of those who go through menstruation experience this each month. Menstrual pain can be unbearable, but it does not have to be a painful constant every month as pain is not a natural part of the menstruation process. In fact, menstruation should be painless and accompanied by minimal pre-and post-menstrual signs and symptoms (PMS).   So what exactly...

Long-term Relief for Period Pain

Many women suffer from period pain (dysmenorrhea). This includes aching, cramping pain in the abdomen, a feeling of pressure, and sometimes pain in the lower back, hips and thighs. These pains range in severity level and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea. Menstrual cramps happen because of natural muscle contractions in the uterus. If it contracts too strongly during your menstrual cycle, it can press against nearby blood...