Rachelle's blog

One of my favourite dietary sourcebooks, Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford, describes Autumn as the “season of harvest, a time to pull inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up fuel, food and warm clothing, a time to study and plan for the approaching stillness of winter. Everything in nature contracts and moves its essence inward and downward. Leaves and fruit fall, seeds dry, the sap of trees goes into roots.

 My daughter Rio and I attempted our first vegetable garden this year. The other day, we were admiring the fruits of our labour. Eager with anticipation, much love and hard work went into tending the soil for our vegetables to thrive in. With bated breath, we grew ourselves a lovely garden. Having a special interest in reproductive health, this made me think of the importance the uterine lining plays in conception.

Scar Healing

My sister recently had a beautiful baby girl via a c-section. Since then, she has been feeling some numbness and discomfort around her scar and was curious if acupuncture could help with the healing process. Yes, indeed it can. As she lives in Norway, I am unable to treat her. So, I instructed her to find herself a qualified local acupuncturist and in the meantime, shared a simple scar healing technique. The following treatment is designed to alleviate immediate discomfort and to set the stage for better scar healing.

Giving birth can be, and often is, one of the most awakening and meaningful experiences of life. It does not matter how many times a woman has birthed a baby, each birth is a marathon with or without road blocks along the way. Those courageous enough to run a marathon prepare for months or years prior to undertaking the venture. Given the physical and mental requirements of birthing (arguably exceeding those associated with completing a marathon), would it not make good sense to prepare for the performance?

In my last blog, I wrote about a Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) treatment called Mother Warming. With the use of a moxa stick, Mother Warming is carried out in the early post-partum period. This week, I would like to share another wonderful TCM indication which uses a moxa stick. The moxa stick  is used during pregnancy to help turn breech- or posterior-positioned babies.

In my quest to learn all that I could in order to prepare my body for pregnancy and, following that, to ‘know what to expect while expecting’, I neglected preparation for what was to follow birth. My attention was so focused on the preconception and birthing part of the story, somehow the very important post-partum chapter was all but forgotten. Through my experience of being an acupuncturist and working with pregnant, soon to be moms, this too often seems to be the case.

 

Being a mom of two, cooking easy and wholesome meals to nourish my growing family is a must! And who better to do this with than the little ones?

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