Fertility

Spring Fertility Chicken Bone Broth

by admin on July 2, 2016 No comments

Chicken Bone Broth for a stockpot
Ingredients:
1 Organic Chicken
2cm knob ginger chopped, 2 cloves garlic
2 carrots, 4 celery sticks chopped
1 red onion (optional)
6 cups water
Parsley, Chilli (optional)
Pepper & salt to season
Lemon juice
Method:
 Brown the onion, carrots, and celery in a pan until onion is soft.
 Place Organic chicken whole into a stockpot. Cover with the Water & throw in ginger, garlic, celery, carrots & onion.
 Bring to the boil and low the heat to a simmer for 1hr.
 It’s ready when you pick up a leg that the meat pulls away from the bone. Please make sure the meat is cooked properly.
 De-bone & de-skin the chicken. Put the meat back into the soup.
 Season with Salt, pepper, a small handful of parsley and Chilli if desired, for more of a punch.
 Just before serving squeeze fresh lemon juice into the pot. Serve with sourdough bread.

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4 Reasons Bone Broth is Gold for Your Fertility

by admin on June 30, 2016 No comments

If there’s one things that walks out the door with the Fertility Acupuncture clients I’m seeing, its this link to a recipe for Bone Broth.  Bone Broth is a golden oldie that has come back into fashion with all this talk about the Paleo Diet, but over the ages, many cultures around the world agree about the benefits of bone broth for health. Here we take a look at Traditional Chinese Medicine’s view on Bone Broth and benefits for fertility.

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The Business of IVF

by admin on June 23, 2016 No comments

A recent investigation into IVF Clinics by the Australian Media has highlighted the IVF Clinics and their marketing strategies. Do they make too many promises? Is it considered misleading, once you look at the statistics? For all the emotive language, imagery and some couple’s unwavering commitment to their fertility plans, can the marketing and business of IVF be taking advantage of people? The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) are taking a closer look.

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35 Tips Towards Better Fertility

by admin on May 23, 2016 No comments

For those who want a checklist to scan through for ideas they might not have considered or tried to improve their fertility, this blogpost is for you. Its not an exhaustive list, nor in any particular order. Look at this a good beginning for some fertility basics that look at managing your stress & lifestyle as well as nutrition and balancing your hormones.

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Beginning your Fertility Journey

by admin on April 19, 2016 No comments

Starting trying to conceive can be a conscious decision or not. There are many reasons why NOW is the time to begin that fertility journey – career, age, the right relationship, or just pure hormonal cluckiness. Many women have expectations of conceiving right away. But what if it doesn’t happen immediately?

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Making Babies Review

by admin on April 16, 2016 No comments

A good solid resource for couples trying to conceive, Making Babies is a go-to-guide for fertility.

In my clinic I have 2 copies of Making Babies that are constantly on loan to clients to help them demystify their bodies and discover what their real fertility issues are, whether they’re using IVF or not. Here I’ll give you a taste of the pearls of wisdom inside this book and how to use it to your best advantage.

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Grief after Miscarriage

by admin on March 29, 2016 No comments

Miscarriage can be a trying and challenging time for couples. There is no ‘one way’ for navigating their path through an experience like this. In this article I have interviewed Tina Bakalla, a Demartini Facilitator, about Grief and Loss after Miscarriage to get her perspective on the issue and any useful information on how to cope.

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Embryo Transfer Acupuncture

by admin on March 13, 2016 No comments

If you’re undergoing IVF, did you know you can receive Acupuncture to support your Embryo Transfer? Its called Embryo Transfer Acupuncture.

Studies show that for clinical trial groups that have a pregnancy success rate of less than 35%, Embryo Transfer Acupuncture definitely has benefits. So what’s involved? And what benefits does Acupuncture provide for women doing an Embryo Transfer? 

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The Emotions & Infertility

by admin on February 3, 2016 No comments

A diagnosis of unexplained Infertility can be an emotional rollercoaster. Fear, Uncertainty, anger, grief and helplessness can be some of the emotions women might feel. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, these emotions can absolutely influence the flow of qi, general energy levels, menstrual cycles and hinder the fertility journey further.

In Chinese Medicine, the organs said to be affected most by stress is the Liver, Kidneys and Heart. The Heart is said to “house the Shen” or Spirit. 9ac9f847e6ab620f09e408a4302c4fb9

Here’s some definitions of Heart-Shen to help give you a better understanding – as this is a Chinese language term, its often not simply defined in one sentence!

Shen Means… And Therefore influences…
Spirit your Vitality
Mind your Thoughts & Memories, mental faculties
Mental Health & Vitality your Clarity of mind
Presence your Alertness
Consciousness your Sleep/Wake cycles
Human experience Our lives
Emotional intelligence Our relationships around us

 

In fertility Acupuncture, the Heart-Shen is very important:

  • It controls and distributes blood
  • Induces downward flow of menses
  • It relates to sleep quality
  • Can loosely be associated with the Hypothalamus/ Pituitary axis and is affected by Stress

Stress & The Hypothalamus.

The Hypothalamus receives signals from the central nervous system, amygdala (emotional response), Testes and Ovaries. It’s like the control centre for hormones – the ovaries and Testes take their instructions from the Hypothalamus in the Brain. So if Stress impacts the Nervous system and Brain, It impacts the hormones and can affect fertility rates- its a vicious cycle. Therapies like Acupuncture can help break the cycle of stress by managing it and nourishing the Heart-Shen energy.

And when Stress is enough that The Heart-Shen is not Happy:

  • Emotional strain shuts people down (emotional walls, grief in private, lack of joy)
  • Irregular ovulation & menstruation
  • Which is a big problem when you’re trying to fall pregnant.

A healthy Heart = A healthy mind

Aspect of You When its Healthy When its Unhealthy
Eyes Clear eyes Empty eyes, glazed, vacant expression
Spirit “Healthy, harmonious spiritedness” “Spiritlessness”
Thoughts Clear thoughts Excessive or muddled
Shen Clarity Breadth & depth of mind Mental cloudiness, poor concentration & focus, forgetfulness, foggy head,
Shen Awareness Self awareness & aware of things outside of themselves Unaware, denial, oblivious
Shen Balance Emotional response and recovery Little or no emotional response or overreaction with no recovery
Shen Power /Strength Physical & mental strength and adequate rest at night Mentally drained, Depression – sluggish or weak shen, Manic – overactive, requires less sleep and over animated
Sleep Sound sleep quality and quantity Disrupted Sleep, Dream disturbed Sleep, Nightmares

 

Here’s 7 things you can do to Nourish your Heart Qi:

  • Get out in nature – hiking, swimming, walking, cycling
  • Ground yourself – meditation, tai chi, yoga (Dru Yoga is specific for Heart energy, but all Yoga styles are beneficial)
  • Connect with real people – spend one on one time with people that make you feel GOOD or energised. Social Media does not count!
  • Laugh – watch funny movies with friends, go do something fun that makes you giggle or belly laugh
  • Nurture yourself – good food, pampering (but this doesn’t have to be outward focused or about your appearance) Natural Therapy treatments such as Acupuncture, Massage or Kinesiology work a treat here!
  • Creativity – do something creative, that excites you or energises you.
  • Anything else that makes you feel GOOD – cuddle puppies, cuddle babies (if that works for you), random acts of kindness.

It’s healthy to express and unhealthy to repress. Who is part of your support network? If you’re not sure where to turn to air out your thoughts and feelings anonymously and you’re feeling really down, consider Beyond Blue or Lifeline. If you think you’re ok but still a bit in the dark about who to talk to, try this FREE Cheat Sheet on Figuring out Your Support Network. Download it now!

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