Every birth is unique and while I awaited this birth with anticipation and excitement, I was also moving through the grief of moving across the country and feeling generally displaced. It’s odd to move to a place that you know so well from growing up there but feels so foreign and strange. I know how to get around and generally where things are. I also see people from my past about once a week if I’m out enough. Yet, I am not who I was when I lived here 15 years ago.
Now is the time to discover the power and potential of vitality and pleasure that is alive within you.
Ahh genital sunning, a wellness trend that has really hit its peak moment. I first considered just writing a quick social media post about this but then realized I really wanted to provide a more nuanced perspective. I’m writing from the point of view of my understanding of Chinese Medicine theory as well as hormonal physiology and of course my own embodied experience of yoni sunning. Let’s get started.
Whether you’re certain you have recurring yeast infections or you think you might have bacterial vaginosis, vaginal health issues can be really troubling and uncomfortable to manage day to day. Even though they are common, they are definitely not normal! In this article, you can expect to learn some skills for self-assessment and differentiating which type of infection you might have, understand a few potential root causes and gain some tools to work with healing vaginal infections naturally.
East Asian Medicine theory offers another point of view outside the narrow and pathologizing view of modern allopathic medicine when it comes to womb and hormonal health. In my years of clinical practice, I’ve seen 4 common root causes, also known as patterns in East Asian Medicine. Here we’ll discuss those common patterns and how they relate to potential period or hormone issues.
Without shame-free sex education as the baseline, it’s hardly a surprise that vulva care and health in general remains in the fringes of women’s health. The western medical model has catch-all phrases like “vulvodynia” or “vulvovaginitis” but lacks clarity in offering real solutions or even getting to the root of any genital health issues.
So you want to give vaginal steaming (aka pelvic or yoni steaming) a try! Why not right? It’s accessible and very low risk with many potential benefits. This post is meant to give you the basic information you need to get started. It’s a good idea to work with a practitioner who has training in this modality if you’re not sure about how it could help you or what herbs to use.
While this post is geared towards vaginal birth, there is also something here for cesarean birth mamas. It’s often pregnancy itself that causes internal shifts and changes in pelvic health and genital configuration. So even if a baby didn’t pass through the vaginal canal, there is still great benefit to be had in implementing some of these practices. Let’s get started…
The connection between the heart and the womb is both mysterious and practical when it comes to whole woman care, fertility cycles, sexuality, birthing and beyond. Beyond learning through my own felt experience, I solidified my understanding around this connection during my formal Chinese medicine education.
I often recommend self care practices with the use of castor oil in my practice. It is also one of my main tools for softening and mobilizing scar tissue manually during a pelvic healing session. In this post, I want to highlight how you can use it for self care and healing.
I have first hand experience with healing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical dysplasia naturally. I’ve also helped other women do the same using diet changes, supplements, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, as well as addressing boundaries and other lifestyle factors.
My first experience of this work was when I had a vaginal mapping session. It was completely normalizing and de-shaming to experience genital touch with someone outside of the context of a medical procedure or a sexual encounter. I had an entirely new felt sense of my pelvis, where I was holding tension, what the vagina actually feels like to me for me and a deep knowing that this work would change the course of my life.