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InfertilityDistraught girl waiting for pregnancy test result

Using a multidimensional approach to treat patients who come to seek advice about fertility issues, Dr. Holly Carling (USA) is of the opinion that “far too many women go into pregnancy already depleted nutritionally. They are not healthy to start with. Add the increased demand of pregnancy, and it’s no wonder there are so many problems. Having a baby isn’t just having a baby. It is building a body.” She writes of the success she has had in helping women with the use of acupuncture and nutritional therapy.

 

Alternate Day Fasting

16 MTUxLTEwOTIuanBnAssociate Professor Dr. Krista Varady (USA) answers some questions about the ADF diet and its effect on weight loss.

 

 

 

 

Hair loss in womenWoman loosing hair

Although more common in men, hair loss is not just a male-only condition. Reputable and respected medical practitioner Dr. Sandra Cabot (Australia) explains the common causes for hair loss in women. “Hair loss in women is commonly caused by hormonal imbalances. Excess male hormones cause male-pattern hair loss or balding in women – the hair thins in the frontal-temporal areas and top of the scalp. In such cases, blood tests may reveal very high levels of male hormones (androgens) for which it will be necessary to use a hormone to suppress and block the effect of these hormones”. She also explains the importance of thyroid health to this condition and offers tips on how to protect the hair follicles.

 

Oriental medicine and vaginal yeast infections

Woman showing acupuncture pointsMany women have had the unpleasant experience of a vaginal yeast infection. Oriental medicine practitioner and acupuncturist Dr. Tracey-Ann Brown (Jamaica/USA) outlines the range of possible causes. Unlike allopathic doctors who will prescribe antibiotics for this condition, Dr. Brown has a different approach to treatment:

“In cases where yeast infections are recurrent, a more long-term treatment is required and some adjustment to diet and lifestyle is necessary. In Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture and herbal preparations are used to treat a vaginal yeast infection, which is usually referred to as Damp-Heat in the Lower Jiao.”

She reveals how herbal remedies can clear the discharge and relieve associated uncomfortable itching. She also provides dietary guidelines, listing helpful spices and foods, as well as foods to avoid.

 

Physical causes of anxiety and depressionDepressed

Regular contributor Sherry Brescia (USA) acknowledges that most people experience times of sadness and/or anxiety at different times in their lives. Such emotions are a normal reaction to stressful events. It is when the emotions become dominant and long-lasting that a person might be officially recognized as having a ‘condition’ that needs addressing. Sherry is of the opinion that “the key to feeling better is to get to the root of the problem and do what you can to turn it around. That can be much easier said than done. Although counseling can be extremely effective for many people, and even medications have been shown to be helpful in certain cases, occasionally that is not enough.” She explores what she believes can be contributing physical causes of anxiety and depression and offers some suggestions on how to address these.

 

How acupuncture works part 2

AcupunctureIn this issue we present the concluding part of an excellent article by Professor John McDonald (Australia) explaining the science behind acupuncture. Some of the topics he covers include an explanation of how our body’s Circadian rhythms work, the effect within our bodies of serotonin and melatonin and how acupuncture can influence the levels of both these hormones. Professor McDonald explains the anti-inflammatory effect of acupuncture across a broad range of conditions, as well as its modulating effect on our immune system. He also acknowledges that while its effects are positive for many conditions there are still some mysteries to be solved in regard to this ancient therapy.

 

Recipe

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We present another healthy recipe from Dr. Ben Kim (Canada).

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