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Mother's Day Yoga for Fertility

by Mollie Ewing, RYT "A mother is not defined by the number of children that you see, but the love that she holds in her heart." -Franchesca Cox Women struggling to have a child know that ...
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Self-Care Fertility Massage Techniques

In this video Pulling Down the Moon's Massage Director, Meredith Nathan, demonstrates 3 self-care exercises for building blood in preparation for conception. Meredith is the creator of the ...
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Seasonal and Local Snapshot: Rhubarb Rules for Fertility and Beyond

It’s May in the Midwest and that means rhubarb! This leafy vegetable (surprise - rhubarb is not a fruit!) explodes from early spring soil every year, making it one of the few perennial ...
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Infant Girls of Moms with PCOS Show Signs of Syndrome

A new study conducted at Northwestern University found that the infant daughters of women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) show markers of the disease. In this study, data revealed that baby ...
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Hands On Women's Wisdom: Hormone Imbalance

In my practice over the last 12 years, I’ve seen hormonal imbalance in many forms, time and time again. Whether manifested as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids, ovarian ...
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A Yellow Tutu? Well Something About Endo Has to Make You Smile

by Meg Gibson, L.Ac. As March begins and the weather starts to change there’s a sense of hope in the air. Hope that spring and warmer weather will be here soon, flowers will start to bloom and ...
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Yoga for Sweeties

Why Yoga Makes Sense for Sweeties Back when Matt and I were in the midst of our fertility journey we started a very special tradition. Wednesday nights we would meet at Moksha yoga in Chicago after ...
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Yoga Pose for February

Heart-Opening Yoga for Valentine's Day by Mollie Ewing, RYT February is the perfect time to practice heart opening poses in honor of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. Heart opening ...
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Client Corner: Unexpected Miracle

My husband and I are like so many couples our age. We were married in our early thirties and knew we wanted to focus on our careers and travel as much as we could before trying to have children. We ...
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Fertility Friendly Menus

by Meghan McMillin MS, RD, LDN Meeting up with girlfriends for brunch after yoga class or planning a date night after acupuncture? Worried that you can't follow fertility-friendly diet ...
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Getting Started with a Clean Eating Program in 2016

by Meghan McMillin Feeling sluggish or bloated after the holidays? Feeling run-down and needing to recharge? Have you recently suffered a loss or failed ART cycle? If so, this may be the perfect time ...
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Acupuncture and Uterine Blood Flow

Question : When I came to Pulling Down the Moon my acupuncturist recommended acupuncture and herbs to treat blood and qi deficiency. When I went to my RE’s office they ran a Doppler test on my ...
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Study Finds Significant Benefits of Yoga for Women Trying to Conceive

One of the biggest challenges of promoting holistic medicine is the lack of available research on the benefits of practices like yoga, massage and even acupuncture when compared to the research ...
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Mizuko Kuy: A Ceremony for Loss

by Lisa Meyerson LAc Recently, NPR presented a show on the Japanese buddhist ritual for women who have had miscarriages and pregnancy losses. Around that time, I saw a patient who was on her way to ...
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Is the Glycemic Index Really a Useful Tool for Managing PCOS?

by Nicole Holovach, MS, RD, LDN Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women. Typical symptoms include hirsutism, menstrual irregularity, and infertility. ...
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Vitamin D and the Risk of Miscarriage

by Meghan McMillin MS, RD Did you know that vitamin D is not really a vitamin at all, but rather a hormone? And as a hormone, it plays an important role in fertility and reproduction. Vitamin D is ...
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Anna's News: Traditional Chinese Medicine Increases Breast Milk Supply

by Anna Pyne, LAc, MSOM, FABORM Acupuncture and herbs are the main treatment modalities in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). I have helped treat a myriad of postpartum women struggling with ...
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Beyond Fish Oil: Fertility Benefits of Ghee

by Beth Heller Ghee is a form of clarified butter used in Indian cooking. Butter is slow cooked until all of the water has evaporated and then the milk solids are skimmed off, leaving rich oil (ghee) ...
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Yoga Practice Raises Levels of DHEA in Women

by Beth Heller If you are trying to conceive here’s one more reason to take off your shoes, put on some comfy pants and hop on your yoga mat! A recent study conducted in India found a 50% ...
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My Journey through Natural Conception

by Tracy Lingwai I was put on birth control when I was 17 years old, though not for the implied purpose- because years after all my friends had started their period, I still had not. My doctor said ...
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Marjoram and Fertility: A New Study

by Meghan McMillin MS, RD, LDN Long toted in traditional Chinese medicine for its ability to fight against infection and aid in digestion, the herb marjoram can now add fertility aid to its ...
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Summer in Traditional Chinese Medicine

by Meghan Gibson, L.Ac. It’s finally summer! Time for street fairs, farmers markets, outdoor concerts and hitting the beach. Summer in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the most yang time of ...
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Cucumber: A Cool Fertility Food

With June being Men’s Health Month our minds naturally turned to the health benefits of cucumbers. No seriously. Cucumbers are great for your guy and for you and here’s the low-down on ...
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The Male Fertility Diet

The Male Fertility Diet If you've been having difficulty trying to conceive, it's important that both partners be evaluated. Did you know that male factor infertility can account for up to 50% ...
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