Using large amounts of the following herbs and other natural remedies should be avoided while nursing because they have been known to decrease milk supply. The amounts of these herbs normally used in cooking are unlikely to be of concern; it’s mainly the larger amounts that might be used therapeutically that could pose a problem. However, some moms have noticed a decrease in supply after eating things like dressing with lots of sage, sage tea (often recommended when moms are weaning), lots of strong peppermint candies or menthol cough drops, or other foods/teas with large amounts of the particular herb. These herbs are sometimes used by mothers to treat oversupply, or when weaning.
Herbs that may be harmful to mom and/or baby
Other herbs should be avoided while nursing due to their potential for harming mom and/or baby. Here are a few herbs that are generally considered to be contraindicated for nursing mothers. This is by no means a complete list.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, here are some anti-anxiety self-care recommendations that we regularly share with patients:
Chinese herbal formulas can help to correct the physical and energetic patterns underlying the anxiety symptoms, and I support people in finding safe and effective herbal alternatives to anti-anxiety medications. However, we always instruct patients to work with their psychiatrists to safely transition off these very strong medications if they are currently taking them. In particular, it is not a good idea to go off or reduce psychotropic medications during times of increased stress and transition.
What defines anxiety as a disorder is that it gets triggered by non-life threatening events, or minor stressors.
I have seen the power of Chinese Medicine change my patients’ long-standing patterns of anxiety again and again.
By calming the sympathetic nervous system, we enable the body to better heal.
In Chinese medicine, food and herbs are used to supplement your Jing, especially if you're showing signs of deficiency, like low AMH and/or a poor antral follicle count. Preserving your Jing is so important for increasing fertility, which is why we always include dietary, exercise, and lifestyle guidelines.
Even if you're not showing signs of deficiency, eating Jing-nourishing foods help to preserve and increase fertility. Because bone marrow is a form of Jing, acupuncturists may prescribe bone marrow soup to supplement your Jing supply.
Bone marrow also helps to build new blood cells and heal the gut. It's excellent for building a healthy uterine lining and supporting digestion - another important element of fertility.
Here's a recipe to replenish your Jing, boost egg quality and build a healthy lining. It's taken from a wonderful Chinese medicinal cookbook written by two of my teachers.
(Makes 10 to 14 cups)
(Taken from "Ancient Wisdom Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life" by Yuan Wang, Warren Shier, and Mika Ono)
Once you have made the stock, simply add ingredients you prefer: veggies such as mushrooms, carrots, Chinese cabbage, or kale; and/or meat such as shrimp, chicken, beef, or pork. Season with salt or soy sauce to taste. You can also make one large batch and freeze the broth to use later.
1.) Place the bones, wine, water, and vegetables (if using) in a large pot. If the bones aren't covered with liquid, add water until they are.
2.) Bring to boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Skim off and discard any froth that rises to the top of the stock.
3.) For beef bones, simmer, covered, for 8 to 10 hours; add more water if needed. For pork or lamb bones, simmer, covered, for at least 2 1/2 hours.
4.) Remove the bones, vegetables, and ginger from the stock, using a slotted spoon, a strainer, or piece of cheesecloth.
5.) Skim off any excess fat. Season the stock with salt if desired (or wait to add until you cook with the stock).
6.) If you aren't using the stock immediately, you can store it in the fridge for a few days or freeze it in small portions for later use.
May 26th, 2017
The Flood Building
$115 per couple
*space is limited - please call or email to reserve your spot*
415.362.4600 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Facilitator!
**Please note - Because we are working on the floor this workshop is not appropriate for those that cannot lay face down on the floor for a period of 45 minutes. Please be able to spend about 45 minutes seated on the floor and have the ability to be on your knees to work.
This workshop is designed for two people that want to learn to give each other massages . We will switch halfway so that each partner has a chance to massage the other and learn. Both partners should dress in a way that allows them to feel comfortable but also gives access to their bare back