The journey to falling pregnant is not always as smooth as it could be.
In order to conceive, your body and your partners body should be in good reproductive health. This is true both physically and emotionally.
Sometimes your cycle and hormones need regulating. Sometimes your timing needs tweaking. Sometimes your stress and anxiety levels have been so high for so long you are literally exhausted and your body needs help recovering.
As a graduate of the Fertile Life programme, Rhonwen from Bodycraft Health Solutions is in an ideal position to help you by offering an integrated approach. Using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as a basis and western medicine results and diagnosis to fine tune the treatment plan, Rhonwen provides a comprehensive treatment strategy and is able to demonstrate positive progress via charting and test results.
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The segment on last Sunday nights ( Feb. 9th 2019 ) 60 Minutes programme regarding the use of Over The Counter supplements and Chinese Medicine gives me an excellent opportunity to discuss the procedures involved in prescribing Chinese herbal Medicine to patients.
My Qualifications: As the holder of a Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine I am registered with AHPRA - the regulating agency for all Australian Health Practitioners - and overseen by the Chinese Medicine Board. I am specifically registered for Herbal Medicine dispensing.
In 2018 I completed a 3 year post graduate study of classical Chinese Medicine and as part of the AHPRA conditions need to complete professional education points each year.
I also belong to ATMS which is my professional association.
More About the Herbs. Herbs used by AHPRA registered practitioners are imported into Australia under the guidelines of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild Fauna and Flora ( CITES ).
The processing of the herbs themselves is stringent. Any herbs used in my practice adhere to Good Manufacturing Practice ( GMP ). The raw product has production certification from their place of origin and during the manufacturing process of the granulated product testing is rigorous. Ensuring stability of the product, purity and safety. Each batch finishes with a Certificate of Analysis.
The prescription process. The formulas are prescribed and dispensed as MEDICINE. They are prescribed to an individual patient based on a detailed case history and signs and symptoms presenting. It is NOT a one size fits all situation, that is the beauty of Chinese Medicine, it is individually tailored to you.
Care of Patient. Follow up appointments allow me to assess the efficacy of the formula I have prescribed. Sometimes a formula needs to be altered or changed completely and these visits allow this to happen.
It is not within the scope of our practice to suggest or recommend you discontinue any prescription medication you may be taking from your GP or other medical specialist.
A word on supplements. My suggestion would be to purchase vitamins and supplements from a practitioner preferably one who has done a case history on you. That way you know you are getting the correct supplement that is right for your particular requirements. These products can be expensive and by getting professional advice you can be sure your hard earned dollars are focussed in the right direction.
Take away points :
ALWAYS make sure your Herbalist is registered with the appropriate authority. In the case of Chinese Medicine - AHPRA.
Your herbal prescription is just that , a herbal medicine formula prescribed by a practitioner with specific education and training in that field.
If you are currently taking medication or under the care of a medical professional please do NOT stop taking your medication.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a COMPLIMENTARY therapy and often the best approach is a combination of western and chinese medicine.
"The Golden Month"
Call it what you will, this is a period of 30 -40 days after the birth of your baby when you need to allow your body to recover. This is a concept that has been lost in our modern western society. Look at the terms above, they sound "old fashioned" don't they?, something from Victorian times. The modern woman is encouraged to get up and get back to normal as soon as possible after the birth. Anything less is almost seen as a weakness. We are bombarded with celebrities hitting the gym to regain their pre baby bodies, dieting to lose that baby weight and getting back to work within a few short weeks..
Of course you CAN do these things, of course you can cope, you are not an invalid however it is worth considering the significant effort growing, maintaing and birthing this baby has cost your body. This is a time to be kind to yourself. Ask for and accept help from family and friends.
Rest physically and mentally when you can. Gentle exercise, yoga, stretching, walking. Leave high intensity workouts for later.
Fuel your body. Chinese medicine sees this as a time of general deficiency, so you need food to tonify and boost your depleted system. Cooked foods ( go easy on the raw, cold foods and salads) lots of green leafy vegetables. Soups, stews and casseroles made with bones and vegetables,include some ginger.
Avoid wind and cold - yes, its a thing! Why make your bodies immune system work harder now than it really needs to??
These are just some thoughts I had. This can be quite a comprehensive subject and I'm happy to expand on any self care questions you may have.
Its a subject I care about, reward yourself with a " Golden Month " and reap the rewards later by being less fatigued later.
So with cold and flu season about to hit I thought I would put down some thoughts.
Will Chinese medicine "CURE" my cold?
In all honesty the answer is No. You already have the cold, its a virus. You have it because you were exposed to the virus and your immune system was not strong enough to stop it manifesting as symptoms like runny nose, chills, fever, cough etc.
Fever is your body's way of mounting an attack to fight off the virus. That is what its designed for. If you suppress the fever with an over the counter medication or NSAID then it may take your body longer to complete its attack.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine, along with some self care, may enhance your immune system to allow your body to do its job a bit more effectively and therefore shorten the duration of your cold or flu.
self care ideas - Stay warm, this means you are not using up internal resources that may be better utilized fighting your virus.
Ginger and honey tea, the ginger helps warm you from the inside while the honey soothes the sore throat.
Rest - you know you can do it! Also to allow your body to focus on fighting off the virus.
My best advice is GET ONTO IT STRAIGHT AWAY , the earlier you start the shorter your symptoms.
I speak from experience as only last week I fended off the worst of a cold , sure I had symptoms for about 48hrs but a cold often lasts a lot longer than that , right?