Cozy Feet, Cozy Uterus
by Anna Pyne, LAc, MSOM, FABORM
Needling the acupuncture points according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the most potent way to stimulate them for healing and strengthening the reproductive system. However there are numerous other ways in which patients can tonify these particular points on their own to help facilitate the acupuncture therapy they are already receiving.
Located all along the feet and ankles exists a plethora of acupuncture points which have a connection to the uterus and ovaries. I am constantly advising my patients especially in subzero weather to protect these points by wearing socks. I typically recommend light cotton socks, but wool can also be used depending upon how hot or cold that particular person runs. By doing so, you are protecting the integrity and energy of the reproductive system.
Another way I advise patients to “treat” these points along the feet and ankles is by taking hot or warm foot soaks. These can be as fancy or simple as the patient desires or has time for. Warm or hot water alone totally suffices and is all that is required. For those that have the time, adding a few drops of our oils that we sell especially the Nourish the Blood essential oil is ideal. This particular oil helps supplement blood which is typically deficient in our fertility patients. We even have bath salts that can be purchased and used in conjunction with the oil in the warm foot bath. This can be done daily if possible. Another positive result is its stress relieving when you make it part of your routine, it forces you to relax as it serves as a mini spa session in the comfort of your own home.