Yvette Forbes: Female Health, International Women’s Day

Yvette Forbes is Elixr’s in-house nutritionist who specialises in acupuncture treatments for muscular-skeletal pain, stress & anxiety, insomnia, migraines, women’s health, IVF support, menopausal complaints, and cosmetic acupuncture.

As women, it is so important for us to take a holistic approach to our health and wellness, which means using different modes of treatment.

In Chinese medicine physicians have long observed that the environment and what we consume daily can alter the temperature inside of us. Once exterior cold invades the interior it can affect the stomach, intestines, muscles, sinews and the uterus.

So, let’s talk about cold in the uterus.

Chinese Medicine views warming a cold uterus an essential treatment for improving fertility and pregnancy. Jane Lyttleton author of Treatment of Infertility with Chinese Medicine says that in Traditional Chinese Medicine ‘the warmth of the uterus refers to its metabolic activity, actively manufacturing the secreting nutrients and maintaining a highly nurturing home for a foetus’.

Could cold be causing a lack of proper circulation and thus leading to menstrual and infertility issues? When we look at the circulation of blood it likes a warm environment to flow in. Research has shown that better blood flow to the uterus is associated with higher pregnancy outcomes and easier pain free menstruation.

So, what is cold in Chinese Medicine? Cold is a yang deficiency; in this case we look at kidney yang deficiency. Kidney yang deficiency has a connection to low progesterone levels. Low levels of this hormone and yang can cause symptoms such as cold hands and feet, painful periods, low back pain with menses, low libido, fatigue, frequent urination and infertility.

Here are a few ways that you can warm a cold uterus and help promote a healthy cycle:

– Salads or raw vegetables, keep them as side dishes and choose warm cooked foods instead.

– Avoid icy cold drinks. Try warm herbal teas, adding ginger or cinnamon.

– Keep your feet warm. Meridians that start in your feet connect to the reproductive organs. Warm socks and foot baths are excellent for keeping the kidneys warm too.

– Moxa and acupuncture have been used for centuries for fertility and menstrual disorders. Heated moxa is used to stimulate acupuncture points, expel cold and regulate Qi and Blood flow.

Regular Acupuncture and herbs can also calm the mind and promote better sleep, which all can result in healthier cycles and better fertility outcomes.


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