The Chinese Medicine Approach to Fertility: Part 1- Understanding Yin-Yang

Hi everyone! Meg here, writing today about a topic which is often a great—but unnecessary—source of stress for many people: FERTILITY! To begin, I want to discuss a bit about Chinese medicine theory and how that relates to our treatment strategies in regulating the menstrual cycle and promoting fertility.

Chinese medicine is very different from Western medicine in a variety of ways, but there is one fundamental difference: Chinese medicine considers the human body in relation to nature, taking into account an individual’s living environment, interpersonal relationships, occupation, hobbies, and daily routines regarding eating and sleeping. Through observation of rhythms in the natural world, Chinese medicine practitioners provide insight and suggestions as to how to restore homeostasis (AKA balance) to internal systems (reproductive, gastrointestinal, respiratory, sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous systems). My goal is to provide you with both treatment and guidance so you may more clearly experience your body’s connection to natural cycles. Developing and understanding this connection is critical in both prevention of illness and to THRIVING in your body.

Everything comes down to the interaction of yin-yang (“yeen-yawng”), which is both expansive and simple in meaning. The taijitu symbol, made infamous in American ‘90s teen culture, was originally created as a visual representation of the sun passing over a hillside. The observer watched as the shadows and light gradually shifted and changed. Yin-yang theory is all about natural transformation. It can most easily be understood in terms of symbolizing complementary opposites which are mutually dependent upon each other while constantly being in flux. In Chinese medicine, substances and processes surrounding the body all have a quality of being either more yin or more yang.

  • Yin – associated with the feminine. More substantial. Dark. Heavy. Yielding. Still. Cool. Fall/Winter. Nighttime.
  • Yang – associated with the masculine. More energetic. Bright. Light. Outgoing. Active. Warm. Spring/Summer. Daytime.

                Everyone and everything has aspects of both yin and yang.  My job is to help restore your body to its healthy, physiological rhythm.

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