The Perks of Walking During Pregnancy

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Walking is one of the best exercises that a person can do on a regular basis. For pregnant women, walking can provide several health benefits such as relief from depression and anxiety, boost in mood, etc. However, it is recommended not to overdo it, because exercising or walking too much during pregnancy is always injuries to health. According to some reputed women’s health experts in Northern Beaches, walking for at least for 30 minutes when pregnant is more than enough. Stated below are some health benefits that an expectant mother can reap by walking regularly, have a look –  

1. Relieves stress – Stress is common in pregnant women and it triggers frequent mood swings, ranging from anxiety and depression to happiness. This generally occurs due to hormonal changes. Walking helps to release endorphins, which are “feel good” hormones in the human body. These endorphins can boost up the mood of an expectant mother, especially if you she is having a bad day.

2. Decreases the risk of gestational diabetes – During pregnancy, women have to suffer from high blood pressure, which increases the risks of contracting type 2 diabetes after delivery. It also increases the possibilities of pre term labour. Walking can help to keep the weight of the body under control. It also reduces the probability of developing gestational diabetes.

3. Healthy baby – Who doesn’t want a healthy and happy baby? In order to make sure that baby is born fit and fine, having a walk for at least half an hour everyday is important for an expectant mother. It can also help to control the baby’s weight.

4. Relieves discomforts & aches – Women generally suffer from certain aches and discomforts such as lower back pain, muscle pains, headache, leg cramps, round ligament pain, etc. throughout their pregnancy stage. But a 30 minute walk on a regular basis can help to get rid of these problems.

5. High chances of normal delivery – Walking during pregnancy improves the body flexibility and tones up the hip muscles, which helps a pregnant woman to experience a easier, faster and pain free labor. It is advisable to have early morning walks in order to have a natural child birth.

Apart from the aforementioned perks, walking reduces the possibilities of developing fatigue, constipation, cramps, varicose veins, morning sickness, and sleeplessness as well. So in order to keep yourself as well as your baby healthy, always prefer to have a walk at least for 30 minutes in a day.

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Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy – Part I

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Do's and Don'ts During Pregnancy – Part I
You can eat this but not that. You can do this but don’t do that. Pregnant women ate bombarded with do’s and don’ts. It’s really hard to keep it all straight.

Pregnancy do’s

  • Visit your gynaecologist routinely. Prenatal care will help keep you as well as your baby healthy. Your doctor may also be able to detect problems if anything occurs.
  • Taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy is very important. You should continue taking it. Women who are capable of conceiving need to get 400-800 micrograms of folic acid each and every day. Taking enough of folic acid actually lowers the risk of birth defects. Moreover, if you take a vitamin with folic acid, you can be sure that you’re getting enough. 
  • Eat a lot of healthy and nutritious foods. Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, calcium-rich foods and various cooked seafood in your diet. Also take iron everyday. Getting enough iron will prevent anaemia. Tell your doctor to prescribe you a prenatal vitamin or iron supplement, which you should take daily. Drink a lot of fluids, especially water. 
  • Keep moving. Don’t sit and idle and sleep most of the time because you’re pregnant. Unless your gynaecologist advices you otherwise, physical activity is undoubtedly good for you as well as your baby. 
  • Visit a professional acupuncturist during your first trimester and ask for an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can really help with nausea, morning sickness, threatened miscarriage, tiredness and lack of energy. Make sure to continue it throughout your pregnancy period. It has proved to be the best treatment of pregnancy care in Northern Beaches. 
  • Gaining weight during pregnancy is good but if it is more than the recommended amount, chances of pregnancy complications may increase.Ask your doctor how much weight you must gain during pregnancy. 
  • Sleep for at least 7 to 9 hours every night. Rest on your left side as that will help blood flow to you as well as your baby & prevent swelling. Use pillows between your legs & under your belly to get comfortable. 
  • Health problems should be treated and kept very much under control. If you have diabetes, control it. If you have high blood pressure, closely monitor it. 
  • Make sure to wear a seatbelt. The lap strap needs to go under your belly and across your hip. The shoulder strap must go between your breasts & to your belly’s side. Ensure it fits you snugly. 
  • Ask your doctor before you stop to take any medicine that you have or take any new medicine. No matter whether it’s over-the-counter, prescription or herbal medicine – all can harm your baby. So, your doctor’s advice in this case is a must.

Our next blog will have a list of pregnancy don’ts. So, stay tuned to our blog space to know about the don’ts during pregnancy!

Hypothyroidism, Its Effect On Fertility & TCM Treatment

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Hypothyroidism
In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), thyroid is believed to perform functions similar to that of the kidney instead of being recognised as a specific organ. Hypothyroidism is a condition that commonly affects women aged between 40 and 50 years. Nowadays, however, it is increasingly being found in young women as well. And the condition is having a significant impact on their ability to become pregnant.

Practitioners of TCM claim that the primary cause of hypothyroidism is stress. This is because emotional stress creates a blockage in the path of Qi and prevents it from moving freely. Due to the disturbance, all organs fail to perform their functions as effectively as they should be. Besides that, the Stomach, Spleen, Heart and Lung Qi do not descend properly, rather stagnate at or near the throat and ultimately affect the thyroid.

Hypothyroidism is generally characterised by a wide variety of symptoms and discomforts. Some of them are quite conspicuous, while others can easily be mistaken as mild problems:

  • Tiredness
  • Cold intolerance
  • Weight gain
  • Forgetfulness
  • Brittle and dry hair
  • Puffy eyes
  • Goitre
  • Muscle weakness
  • Reduced mental capabilities
  • Dry and coarse skin
  • Anaemia
  • Oedema
  • Constipation
  • Oligomenorrhea
  • Poor libido

Now coming to the effects of hypothyroidism on the ability of a woman to conceive, the condition prevents the Kidney Yang from providing the warmth that a body needs for growing a fetus. Kidney Yang is the metabolic warmth or energetic fire human beings need for each and every activity inside the body. Deficiency of this energetic fire triggered by hypothyroidism slow down the development of foetus in women, often leading to miscarriage during the 1st trimester. The same problem can also be responsible for recurring miscarriages. It is being cited as a major problem of womens health in Northern Beaches.

Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine can effectively treat hypothyroidism. It has been found that acupuncture,herbs and moxibustion have helped in treating hypothyroidism. These three modalities of TCM can in fact help in warming the kidneys, thereby increasing the internal warmth and fire. This in turn calms the inflammation of thyroid and eliminates all symptoms, reducing stress and enhancing the chances of getting pregnant.

In addition to getting TCM therapy for hypothyroidism, one should also avoid cold drinks and only eat foods that can be digested easily such as broths and soups. This is because with this one would have to use only little bit of energetic fire to digest the consumed food.


Common Health Issues Affecting Women Part-2

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The first part of this blog was a discussion about some of the most common health issues which affect women all over the world. They included body image issues, ovarian cancer and pregnancy complications, all of which can have a severe negative impact on the physical as well as mental well-being of a woman. However, there are many other problems which have become widespread among female individuals in the recent times. Let’s have a look at them in detail:

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Cervical Cancer

More than 200 thousand women die due to cervical cancer every year, and about 85% of them belong to developing nations. The primary cause of this cancer is a common STD virus known as HPV (human papillomavirus). Although a vaccine for providing protection against this virus already exists, it is not being administered properly to young girls. Many people have raised their voice for the necessity of stronger support and will to put such preventative measures into practice.

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Menopausal Problems

8 among every 10 women while entering the phase of menopause generally experience various uncomfortable symptoms before as well as after their menstruation stops. The common symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, problems with concentration and memory, vaginal pain and dryness, anxiety, low mood, palpitations, joint stiffness, headaches and cystitis. Fortunately, there are some natural therapies which can be used for getting relief from menopausal issues.

Certain clinics, for example, offer TCM therapy for alleviating symptoms associated with menopause.

Side Effects of Birth Control Drugs

Side Effects of Birth Control Drugs

More than 16% of all women aged between 15 to 44 years who are sexually active make use of contraceptive drugs instead of relying upon condoms for exercising birth control. This shows that it is women who are expected to be more careful about preventing unwanted pregnancies. Contraceptive pills, however, have some serious side effects that most people are not even aware of. Certain formulations of birth control pills can increase blood clot risk, which may eventually lead to strokes, heart attacks or sometimes, even death. On the other hand, hormonal birth controls can suppress the immune system, thereby doubling the chance of contracting HIV.

The fact that most of these problems affect women does not mean only female individuals must be responsible for changing things. Men and women should make efforts collectively for tackling the issues and reducing them altogether. Awareness must be raised so that women living even in the remotest corners of the globe stay safe.

See first part of this reading: 

COMMON HEALTH ISSUES AFFECTING WOMEN PART-1

Common Health Issues Affecting Women Part-1

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If the most common health issues existing in the world today are considered, it would be seen that a majority of them affect women. The female community all over the world suffer from various problems such as clinical depression, malnutrition, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, body image issues, etc. more than men. Although it is true that women live relatively longer than men, they tend to have a poorer health for a major portion of their lives.

Given below is a list of the common problems primarily affecting women all over the world. Have a look:

 Body Image Issues

Body Image IssuesEven in the 21st century, women are trapped in a sick circle of beauty standards set by the society. People generally expect women to look youthful, vibrant, slim and smiley. These expectations can have an emotional detrimental impact on those women who are obese or “not pretty” according to society. It can make them underestimate themselves and give in to feelings of worthlessness. The control that society exercise over them through unnecessary expectations causes a tangible decline in their physical health. There are various ways to get rid of body image issues, the most effective ones being counselling, natural therapy, exercise and “self-confidence”.

  Ovarian Cancer

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Over 200,000 women get diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and it is responsible for more than 3% of all reported cases of cancer among women. Studies have found that Caucasian females have higher chances of getting affected by ovarian cancer than those of any other race. The symptoms of this disease generally include frequent urination, abdominal or pelvic pain and bloating. However, if ovarian cancer is detected in its early stages, a woman has high chances of getting cured and leading a normal, healthy life.

Pregnancy Complications

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From premature birth to miscarriage, women suffer from a wide range of pregnancy complications. Although it is not very common, the complications can sometimes even lead to death. Maternal deaths are caused due to various factors like cardiovascular disease and obesity. However, people are now adopting different alternative therapies for ensuring safe pregnancies and resolving complications. For example, many women are resorting to TCM clinics in Northern Beaches that offer natural treatment for women’s health.

Besides the above mentioned issues, there are many other problems cardinally affecting women every year. Some of them are have physical impact, others leave behind a deep emotional effect.

To know about more such problems, stay connected to our blog.

Complementary Therapies Against Infertility

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Several studies have shown that one out of every 6 couples suffer from conception problems. Many individuals spend hundreds of dollars on conventional fertility drugs in order to boost their chances of conception. However, most of them are entirely incognizant of alternative therapies that have proved to be highly effective against infertility.

According to extensive research conducted by modern day scientists, various complementary therapies like acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnotherapy and nutrition can help in coping with demands of modern lifestyle and also stimulate reproductive organs simultaneously. They can assist in encouraging conception by restoring imbalances caused in the body due to undue stress.

Let’s have a look at two of the most effective complementary fertility therapies in detail:

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a centuries-old modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves insertion of fine, sterilised needles at specific points on the body known as acupoints. Meticulous studies have proved that acupuncture can be used for treating a wide range of conditions. It works primarily on the context that some illnesses are caused due to blockages in the pathway of the Qi flow. According to what practitioners have stated, acupuncture works against infertility by encouraging circulation of blood at specific points. This, in turn, influences the reproductive organs like ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. Acupuncture can hike up conception success if administered in conjunction with IVF (in vitro fertilisation). It can also increase the progesterone levels by influencing the endocrine system. Besides that, it is even capable of enhancing sperm quality and motility. Recently, many couples with conception problems have started to use acupuncture as a fertility treatment in Northern Beaches.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic remedies, derived generally from plants and minerals, are diluted more than a hundred times in order to ensure that every remedy contains a small amount of the actual ingredients. The various remedies, which come in the form of powders, tinctures and tablets, are said to induce symptoms of a certain condition or disease for treating the illness. In short, they work in a way similar to that of vaccines.

Practitioners claim that homeopathy can aid women in overcoming several kinds of fertility issues from polycystic ovarian syndrome to endometriosis and blocked tubes. For example, women with infertility consuming daily doses of agnus castus are more likely to become pregnant. Not a long time ago, even a German study provided strong evidence that women having difficulty to conceive experienced pregnancy or enhanced ovulation after taking homeopathic remedies.

Can TCM Help In Combating The Ageing Process?

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Acupuncture for Ageing

Among the different kinds of natural medicinal procedures existing in the world, Traditional Chinese Medicine is perhaps one of the most ancient and commonly used therapy in Australia. It can be utilised for improving the overall health of an individual. Nowadays, many people are also trying to fight ageing signs in a natural way by using acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Northern Beaches.

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In order to avoid the horrors of botox injections, facelifts and plastic surgery, cosmetic acupuncture is being resorted as a safe alternative age control therapy by countless individuals. Proponents of this natural procedure claim that insertion of needles in various acupoints on the face (particularly those near frown lines or wrinkles) can aid in eliminating several signs of ageing, such as dark circles, age spots, puffy eyes and fine lines. The stimulation that is brought about by the needles makes blood rush to the facial region, causing it to become florid. This is because the induced stimulation helps in developing new collagen fibres under the age spots and wrinkles, thereby reducing their visibility on the skin.

Besides alleviating the conspicuous age spots and signs, cosmetic acupuncture provides a wide range of benefits:
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  • Tightens drooping eyelids
  • Relaxes muscle tone
  • Increases skin oxygenation
  • Reduces visible pores
  • Controls acne
  • Moisturises skin from the inside to give rosy cheeks

There are absolutely no risks of side effects associated with cosmetic acupuncture if it is administered by an experienced and qualified practitioner. The needles used are generally non-toxic, sterile and meant to be utilised just once, which eliminates any chances of contracting infectious diseases.

Herbs

Many TCM practitioners also use different types of herbal formulas along with the therapy of cosmetic acupuncture for increasing the effectiveness of the overall treatment. The most commonly used herbs include Renshen, Ganoderma, He Shou Wu, Sanqi, Lingzhi, Huangqi and Ciwujia. Many of them protect the body of an individual against the ageing process. Besides that, they also help in boosting energy, regulating the endocrine levels, relieving stress, nourishing vitality, reducing extra heat, enhancing mental agility, augmenting immune levels, clearing out the free radicals, balancing metabolism, combating fatigue, reducing vascular resistance, expanding blood vessels and toning the internal organs. All these things usually have a direct influence on the ageing process and help in following the holistic approach of TCM.