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Belly acupressure can help you to conceive

by Guiomar Campbell Dpl.Sh. TCMP

It is truly beautiful to observe pregnant women loving and appreciating their growing bellies. The journey to conceiving and giving birth is indeed a miracle of life and yet a natural process that every woman is capable of experiencing

The abdomen or hara is the centre of meridian system and it is the source of life, therefore health and disease has its roots in here. An effective way to improve your chances to conceive is to massage your abdomen everyday, to increase blood circulation to the internal organs, specially uterus and ovaries.

According to scientific researches, prolonged stress can lead to imbalances in the ANS which may alter the release of hormones responsible for regulating the maturation and release of the oocyte.  The autonomic nerve system (ANS) controls the contraction of the uterus and fallopian tubes and  improves  the ovary’s ability to produce healthy eggs and hormones.

Pressure applied around the vertebrae can stimulate the autonomic nervous system and minimize the harmful effects of a prolonged body’s response to stress. Stimulation on the sacrum area is also an effective way to improve the blood flow to the uterus and other internal organs.

Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM ), believes that the stagnation of Qi causes blockages in the pelvis leading to symptoms such as painful menstrual cramps, endometriosis and constipation problems. Later on it affects different parts of the reproductive cycle such as production of the egg, fertilization of the egg, and implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterus.  
The key is to keep the belly healthy with proper massage and stimulation, proper nutrition and relaxed mind.

A healthy belly has the skin smooth and even in consistency. The abdomen wall is soft and resilient like rubber ball, when you apply pressure it comes back in naturally and it has no indurations, tenderness or strong pulsation.

When you start to massage your belly, look for signs of imbalances that may manifest in the form of discomfort, tenderness or weakness.
Massaging the belly everyday helps to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, improves the function of your adrenal glands, improve Qi energy to your brain  as well as to your heart and sexual centre. If you are planning to conceive it is very important to massage your belly religiously every day.

How to apply acupressure in your belly


When you begin practicing acupressure, apply pressure for one to three minutes and gradually work up to holding points longer. Too much stimulation on a point may result in headache or nausea. 
Use the ball of the thumb, the soft part, than keep applying pressure until you feel you reached the bottom of the point. It usually happens when you feel tenderness .  
When applying pressure in the belly use the four fingers of both hands together and apply continues pressure until you reach the bottom of the point.

Best time to massage is in the morning before you get up and after shower. Use a good massage oil with hormonal properties on it such as clary sage, fennel, myrtle and rose geranium essential oils.

  • Begin by brushing your skin dry with a dry skin brush.
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massage your belly clockwise direction and anticlockwise direction.
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Move the brush towards your chest, top of shoulders and inner thighs to stimulate the Spleen, Liver and Kidney meridians.
  • Take your shower  than continue applying pressure with four fingers of both hands.
  • Begin just below the sternum, move to the stomach area than proceed clockwise direction looking for tender spots. When you find it, apply pressure and hold for 2 breaths.
  • Continue in circular movement making sure to cover the whole area of your belly
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Focus your pressure on  tender points located at the stomach, beside belly bottom and below belly bottom in the centre line.



Tips for Fertility


Follow your intuition, become the woman that you are opening yourselves up about being a woman and being in our feminine bodies. Because when we come to know our true self and live from our authentic self we put ourselves in a wonderful place, we live with joy, enthusiasm and we can move onto receiving our child.

Touch your belly everyday, be intimate with yourself and make it a pleasurable habit.
For more information contact: guiomar@lotusartswellness.com or visit the website www.lotusartswellness.com

This information is intended to educate the public on other alternative approaches to health and not to cure diseases. Please consult your Doctor if you need any help.

 

 

OVARIAN CYSTS- CASTOR OIL PACK

CASTOR OIL PACK

 

Castor oil is the unsaturated fatty acid that has been used to dissolve ovarian cysts for a long time, keeping your ovaries healthy and full of vitality.

Do not use a castor oil pack during pregnancy, or menstruation.

Supplies needed:

•    1-pint cold pressed castor oil
•    1-10”X14” wool flannel cloth, (or cotton flannel if you are allergic to wool) that has been pre-washed before use. Let dry naturally and fold several times to make a large flat pad
•    1 box Saran wrap
•    1 very large bath towel
•    Several safety pins
•    1 old shower curtain or plastic table clothe to protect your bed from the oil
•    Several old towels that may be stained with oil
•    1 box baking soda
•    Gallon zip lock bag to store the cloth in after you are finished (refrigerate the cloth)
•    heating pad

How to make a castor oil pack

1.    Turn the heating pad on medium heat setting.
2.    Take 4 ounces of the oil and place it in a small glass container and sit it down in a small pot of hot water, or in a sink to warm the oil.
3.    Cover the bed with plastic shower curtain or plastic tablecloth.
4.    Lay out a sheet of Saran wrap and place the folded cloth on top of it. Saturate the cloth with the oil and place the warm oil side on the right side of the body and wrap the body with the large towel to hold in place.
5.    Lie down and put the heating pad on the covered oil soaked cloth for 1-2 hours.
6.    You may increase the heat as needed, but do not fall asleep.
7.    Afterward, put the oilcloth in the Ziploc bag and store it in the refrigerator.
8.    Repeat the procedure no more than three times per week. Baking soda removes the excess oil from your skin.
9.    You may see a chocolate brown discharge from an old cyst that has been discharge, a whitish discharge, or blood tinged discharge from the vagina. These events can occur several days or even weeks after these hot oil packs.
10.    See your doctor if you experience fever, heightened pain, or any adverse change in your condition. Trust your instincts and good judgment.

 

How Diet Affects the Functioning of Neurotransmitters

by Guiomar Campbell TCM, Dipl Sh. RN

The neurotransmitters are biochemical messengers that pass information from a neuron to another cell. They define our moods, actions, and overall health.

According to Otto Loewi, an austrian scientist who discovered the first neurotransmitter, he stated that they are brain chemicals that controls everything from our mood and disposition to how tired or awake we feel, they “control” our entire brain and body chemistry.
People in general, under mental and emotional stress are constantly sending these false messages to their bodies and becoming imbalanced

According to Dr. Gabriel Cousin, in his book “Conscious Eating” Toxins from food also inhibit the production and release of neurotransmitters in the brain causing various mood disorders.
The more you eat, more you suppress the emotions and the release of “feel good“ neurotransmitters.
When people fast and they clear out toxins in the system, the negative emotions are also free and released from the body.

Eating the right food and exercising benefit your hormones.
To create good endorphin  we need to include meditation, regular yoga, breathing exercises and about 1 hour of moderate aerobic exercise like fast walk and dance. Although the most important for healthy brains cells is good diet.

If a diet is deficient in certain amino acids and fatty acids which are used to make the new brain proteins and fats,  the brain will not be able to produce some neurotransmitters. Without the correct amount and balance of particular building blocks, your brain will not work properly.

Eating a deficient diet or overeating the necessary nutrient can also affect the nervous system.

For women trying to conceive and for women that are already pregnant it is recommended to include rich mineral foods in the early stage for proper formation of baby’s nervous system.

Eating foods high in minerals, B 12 Vit, folic acid, green leafs, brown rice and no sugar helps maintain the health of serotonin.

Magnesium activates the energy-boosting B vitamins, regulates energy production and relaxes nerves and muscles. It also brings PMS relief.

Diet rich in seaweed, natural oils and fats and green leaf vegetables will burst  minerals in the body and help to strengthen the reproductive system.

Acupressure

Shiatsu acupressure on points along the spine improve nervous system and balances the conditions of the body,

Other activities such as, Deep breathing, prayer/meditation, Self-hypnosis, Listening to music, Spending time with positive people, Reading inspirational book,  Watching funny movies all helps to de-stress, revitalize and bring in deep sense of well being and relaxation.

 

 

This information is intended to educate the public on other alternative approaches to health and not to cure diseases. Please consult your Doctor if you need any help.

Food Can Influence your Ability to Conceive

by Guiomar Campbell TCM, Dipl Sh. RN

Can what you eat affect your ability to conceive?

The answer is yes!

“Food and love are inseparable pairs” Food comes in many shapes and colors, different taste and nature. Food can bring you joy and refresh your memories. It is also said that food in in the shape or sexual organs are known to stimulate fertility.

Food affect your ability to conceive and your ability to stay healthy and fertile. You can boost your chances of conceiving and of having a healthy baby  if you eat a healthy and balanced diet.

It is also important to understand your biological rhythm and your constitution, and choose foods that are good for you. We need to be educated on all the healthy choices available to us so we can leave our lives fully.

One of the major problem women have these days is the ability to know  their body type as well as to understand their menstrual cycles and when they are ovulating.

Knowing your body type is essential to understanding yourself and knowing about when you are ovulating means knowing when you are fertile.

Women are often physically, mentally and emotionally depleted with constrained energy in their bodies. This stagnant energy or Qi creates blockages in their pelvis creating conditions such as irregular and painful period or polycystic ovaries.

All these factors create stress and disruption of their natural biological rhythms.

Why are some of us women so depleted in energy?

Because of our nurturing, nourishing and carrying nature. we are naturally givers but we forget to give to ourselves, therefore we become poor receivers. Not only poor receivers of emotional nourishment but poor receivers of love and food. Mental stress also plays a big roll on women’s fertility.

There is an increased number of women in the workforce although it can be very positive experience, the amount of pressure required of so many women is causing a great deal of stress which in result weakens their reproductive system.

One of the most affected area is the diet.  Very often I hear  women asking me: “What kind of food is good for me”? “I don’t have time to cook”, or “where can I find nutritious food”?

Few steps you can take to balance your diet

Very simple, educate yourself on your diet Find out what kind of food  is the best for you. Buy locally grown, organic food.

Than start creating a list of super foods that you like, super snacks that you can have when you rushing between appointments, or even learn simple easy to make recipes that will help you on those busy days.

We also need to learn about our bodies, our menstrual period and most importantly how to recognize our ovulation signs not only to conceive but also to keep us in control of our cycles.
What you really need to know about your ovulation signs is to recognize signals your body is giving you every month.

Start by observing your cervical fluid. Before ovulation its consistency is tacky,  than it becomes moist, changing to creamy white and lastly egg-white, which is the perfect environment for sperms to swim and to live for up to 5 days. Moist sensation at the vulva 10 days after the period initiates the fertile days.

Than observe your body temperature. It is cooler before ovulation and warmer after ovulation due to the action of hormones. Remember to check it everyday and keep a temperature chart on your bedside table.

Foods listed below not only helps to nourishes the Sp, the blood and the yin energy.
but are also well known for regulating the production of cervical mucus, ovulation as well as  healthy hormones.

Fertility foods

– Onions, Figs and oysters are known to stimulate fertility. They are rich in minerals such as calcium and magnesium which will help to strengthen your blood.
– Olive oil, Avocado is another good vegetable source of saturated fats which are essential for healthy hormone functioning.
Nuts, seeds, flax seed oil and hempseed oil are all powerful antioxidants.
– Quinoa, oats, brown rice, are complex carbohydrates and full of energy. It also contains Vitamin B and E which helps to balance hormones and produces healthy sperm and ova.
Leafy greens and red clover herbs are rich in calcium and magnesium. It helps to minimize breast tenderness.

 

What are scientists saying

– Raw cacao. According to David Wolf author of “Sun Diet” raw cacao is extremely high in Magnesium which has been found to be the most common deficient major mineral even following a balanced diet. It is also High in anti-oxidant 14 times more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine and 21 times more than green tea.

– Aloe vera – It aids in detoxifying and also cleanses liver, kidney and colon.

According to David R. Friedman, chiropractor and Naturopathic doctor and writer, Aloe Vera stimulates cell growth and tissue healing.   It has 20 of 22 amino acids including 8 essential nutrients.  It is an excellent source of vitamin B12.
It contains several healing compounds including natural steroids, antibiotic agents, amino acids, minerals and enzymes.

– Seaweeds such as nori, dulce, arami or kelp are known to be nutritionally dense plants as they have access to all the nutrients in the ocean. According to researches, they can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and eight times as much as beef.

When you find out what is actually going on inside you, and make healthy choices to nurture your female nature you will no longer be bound by society’s notions of what you should be doing, saying, thinking, and feeling. It will allow your energy to flow freely and with abundance

For more information email guiomar@lotusartswellness.com

This information is intended to educate the public on other alternative approaches to health and not to cure diseases. Please consult your Doctor if you need any help.

Shiatsu for Fertility and Pregnancy


Painting by Janet McLelland

by Guiomar Campbell TCM, Dipl Sh. RN

Shiatsu therapy naturally relieves discomforts during pregnancy, specially if “moms to be”  are experiencing pre-existing discomforts such as lumbar pain, mental stress, shoulder tension or headache.

Treatment helps women to feel more comfortable with their posture and to better adapt to the changes of the growing bellies.

Activities such as standing, bending carrying, twisting can cause lot of muscle stress specially towards the third semester when the belly is heavier.  Becoming aware of these imbalances earlier and  maintaining good health will create a successful labour and post partum.

Regular treatment is very beneficial in order to prevent and treat these symptoms that arise during the pregnancy.

Very often women discover that after treatment they are able to perform activities that they felt they couldn’t do before, they also experience an increased energy level and motivation to be active and creative.

Treatment also brings a positive sense of well-being by calming the mind and balancing the emotions. It helps to create a deep understanding of oneself.

The key of the treatment is to stimulate and calm down the nerve system to become less responsive to stress by releasing endorphins, a chemical that makes the “body feel-good.” Shiatsu helps to balance the emotional, mental spiritual and physical levels in the body.

Shiatsu for fertility

Shiatsu treatment can make a woman’s desire to conceive an easy and positive experience.

The treatment focus on applying gentle and firm pressure along the spine to  stimulate the autonomic nerve system to relax the body. The ANS controls de contraction of the uterus and phalopian tubes and  improves  the ovary’s ability to produce healthy eggs and hormones.

According to scientific researches, prolonged stress can lead to imbalances in the ANS which may alter the release of hormones responsible for regulating the maturation and release of the oocyte.

Pressure applied around the vertebrae can stimulate the   autonomic nervous system and minimize the harmful effects of a prolonged body’s response to stress.

Belly massage or “ampuku” is also very effective in improving women’s fertility. It helps to increase blood circulation to the internal organs.

According to TCM the abdomen is the source of life and the centre of meridian system.

Tips for Fertility

Follow your intuition, become the woman that you are opening yourselves up about being a woman and being in your feminine bodies. When we come to know our true self and live from our authentic self, we put ourselves in a wonderful place, we live with joy and we can move onto receiving our child.
It is like peeling an onion and letting go layers of false self

How Shiatsu treatment can benefit you

Increase blood flow to the uterus, facilitating fertility
Boost production of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals that impact certain hormones.
Relieve common symptoms of pregnancy such as morning sickness, insomnia and backaches, neck and shoulder pain.
Strengthen contractions and helps the descent of the baby
Helps with lactation
Shiatsu can treat post natal depression
Helps baby to get into perfect position for labor
Pressure applied in the sacral pressure to help relieve the pain of contractions

What is Shiatsu

Shiatsu is very safe alternative medicine for those seeking to get pregnant and also seeking relief from common symptoms in pregnancy. It is a Japanese finger pressure therapy based on TCM and Japanese therapy.

Shiatsu treatment uses thumb pressure on selected  acupressure points along the body.  Specific finger pressure techniques are used  to support expectant mothers throughout pregnancy.

Along with acupressure treatment, therapeutic-grade essential oils  with hormonal properties are also used to assist women in a variety of conditions such as nausea, mental and emotional stress and reproductive system conditions .

Specific aromatherapy oils are applied to the body to relieve discomforts specially in the lumbar area due to spasms in the uterus and fallopian tubes.

Thai massage stretches to improve joint flexibility and help the uterine ligaments to loosen up.

This information is intended to educate the public on other alternative approaches to health and not to cure diseases. Please consult your Doctor if you need any help.