PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME  (PMS)

PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME  (PMS)

What is it?

It is characterised by many physical, emotional and behavioural changes and symptoms. It affects around 80% of women during the last week of the menstrual cycle. The main reason for PMS and its symptoms is an imbalance or fluctuation in hormonal levels.  The symptoms reset approximately 7 days before menses appear and recede shortly after menstrual flow begins.

According to western medicine PMS symptoms are triggered by elevated levels of oestrogen.

Some of the physical symptoms of PMS are:
•  Increased appetite
• Cravings for certain kind of foods especially sweet or salty treats
•  Bloating and weight gain
•  Fatigue, tiredness and lack of energy
•  Cramps in the abdomen
•   Headaches
•   Swelling and tenderness in breasts
•   Muscle and joint ache
•   Lower back pain
•  Low libido
•  Constipation or diarrhoea
•  Tendency to easily catch cold
•  Palpitations
•  Clumsiness
•   Acne

Emotional symptoms:
•  Poor concentration
•  Sad or depressed mood
•   Anger, irritability or aggression
•    Anxiety
•    Frequent mood swings
•     Decreased alertness
•     Withdrawal from family and friends
•     Weeping

Elevated stress may affect conception as it blocks blood flow to reproductive organs and causes imbalance in hormone production. This results in irregular menstrual cycle, lack of ovulation, and high FSH levels. Poor ovarian production, and decreased egg quality are other major problems.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Can Help
Experts have found evidence that Chinese medicine in combination with acupuncture reduces these severe and elevated PMS symptoms:

•       Regular sessions alter your brain’s mood chemistry which works to reduce serotonin levels and also increases endorphins and neuropeptide Y levels
•       Acupuncture and Chinese medicine also stimulate the nerves located in muscles, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors
•       It also changes the processing of pain in your brain and spinal cord
•       Reduces inflammation as it promotes release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors in the body together with all this, your acupuncturist can even recommend nutritional changes and lifestyle counselling.

For long-term remedy, chinese natural treatment need to preferably be received in combination with acupuncture continuously for a long period. As with all natural medicines, this treatment should more or less take over the duration of three menstrual cycles.

Acupuncture works to free the flow of energy in your body and stabilizes hormonal fluctuations.
It additionally facilitates calm your thoughts by means of uprooting the cause of stress. This mitigate PMS symptoms and increased emotional harmony.
Suppressed feelings disrupt the natural flow of Qi and create imbalances, Liver Qi stagnation, emotional anxiety and/or depression.

Chinese herbs enhance the natural functioning of the hormones and additionally alleviate negative emotions. Herbs like vitex, black cohosh, bupleurum, and white peony are used in Chinese herbal medicine treatments to stabilise your hormones and treat Qi stagnation.

There are four phases in the menstrual cycle:
After period, before ovulation, after ovulation and before period, during every phase we treat accordingly with acupuncture, the best time to start the treatment for balancing the hormones and heal your reproductive system is at the beginning of the cycle, which is last day of your period or first week from the beginning of your period.  I also show you how you can continue treatment at home with moxa, self massage and specific exercises and we look at your diet.

Please let me know if you find this article useful, Thanks
Uby Munoz Lic. Ac.

To book an appointment with Uby 
Please send me a message at:
uby@bcnwellwoman.com
or my telephone/WhatsAp:
622 720 499

Interview with Lotta Nygren-Bonnier

Interview Questions for Health Professionals // Q + As

Name: Lotta Nygren-Bonnier
Occupation: Massage- and Beauty Therapist

What is your educational background? 
12 years of basic school, 2 years of professional for Beauty- and Massage Therapist and various shorter educational courses.

How did you build your success/career to where you are now?
Through working with one client at a time. They´re spreading the word. Through different channels of working; in salons, travel groups, gyms etc.

What inspired you to become what you do?
 People feel happy when they feel good – relaxed or pretty or strong… and
I like to be able to give a little of that to whoever feels they need it

What does a typical day look for you at your job?
I work a bit with social media – Facebook/Instagram – go and give a couple of treatments – massage and or facials – always a wonderful experience with my clients, seeing them, listening to them and doing my best to give them a moment of relax and tranquility

What advice do you have for people aspiring for the same career as yours?
If you truly love working for the people, making a difference in their quality in life when it comes to their own health and self-awareness just go for it. Put your heart into it.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your job?
Still learning, always; we are all different, tensions, reason for stress, desire    to look good but not having the time or money or energy … How can I help you? Still learning…

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What are some goals for your job?
Doing the same

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
When I see I really have been a positive influence in somebody’s life – a moment in their life

Your health philosophy in one sentence?
Be kind to yourself

What are benefits people can achieve from a session of yours?
They can feel less tension and stress, both physical and mental. See and feel a difference of the hydration, small lines, elasticity of their facial skin. In general, feel more positive, relaxed and happy.

 

Tips to Make the Most of Spring to Improve your Life and get rid of irritability and frustration

Tips to Make the Most of Spring to Improve your Life and get rid of irritability and frustration.


Spring and Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

 

Spring is an excellent time to stop procrastinating and face the challenges that emerge from within our beings or in our day to day lives that can impede us from our spiritual evolution.

The Five Elements in Chinese Medicine Acupuncture are: Wood – Fire – Earth – Metal and Water.
They are manifestations of change in nature thus each stage is associated with a
particular time of the year, a time of the day, a pair of organs in the body, the different tastes, colours, etc.

Each element has its particular character and belong to one of the seasons of the year
Our goal is to harmonize ourselves with the prevailing season.
We are entering Spring that belong to the Wood Element which characteristics are
upward movement, expansion, creativity, vision, new beginnings, flowers bloom and there
is a sense of renewal all around. It is the ideal time for cleansing, rejuvenation and wellbeing.

The related organs are Liver and Gall Blader,
the Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body.
When the liver function smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout
the body also run smoothly, so move your Qi for optimum health by stretching,
exercising and doing more outdoor activities and using your creativity.

The Liver and the Gall Bladder are the primary organs for detox and cleansing, so do
you Spring cleaning at home and your body.
The color of the Wood Element is Green, so eat fresh food, leafy greens like kale,
spinach, sprouts, young plants, sour food like lemon and vinegar to improve the liver
functions and aid in the movement of Qi

The Liver with its function of smooth flow of energy or Qi is affected by the negative emotions such as
frustration, anger, resentment so that is why it is so important to use your creativity in new projects and outdoor activities so as to move stagnant energy that will help to move the Qi energy and get rid of irritability, despondence and frustration so to bring up the positive mental emotional attributes of this important Element which are Compassion, patience, acceptance, benevolence and honesty.

The acupuncture points in the body that resonate with spring have the power to harmonise us with this very powerful time of the year. They synchronise us with movement, positivity, determination, creativity and cleanliness that is proper to the Spring.
I offer a special detox treatment with acupuncture based on the Five Elements

Acupuncture, if you are interested and want to know more about it or
want to book an appointment please send me an email to
uby@bcnwellwoman.com or
WhatsAp at:  622 720 499
Uby Muñoz
Address: We are located Calle Casp 80, 1-3
on the corner of Casp and Bailen.
Barcelona, Spain,

Interview with Angela Sealy

 

 

Name: Angela Sealy  

Occupation: Yoga Instructor/Massage Therapist

1.     What is your educational background?
I received a BA in International Political Economy from Tulane University in 2008 and worked in international development for 5 years before fully transitioning over to yoga & massage full-time. I’ve been practicing yoga for over a decade and doing various massage trainings since 2011. In 2013, I became certified as a 350-hr Yoga Instructor and since then have completed trainings Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga. I’ve trained and assist teaching courses in Spain, Greece, France, Mexico and the US.

2.     How did you build your success/career to where you are now?
I work best with meeting people face-to-face so in the beginning, I went to many networking events throughout the city to recruit new clients. Overtime, business has become more stable which thankfully comes from recommendations by my clients and also thanks to the other therapist at Well Woman that recommend me to their patients.

3.     What inspired you to become what you do?
I’ve found an unwavering passion in both yoga and massage as a healing method for both myself and my clients. I continue to be amazed by the healing power of both as I continue to learn more thru workshops and trainings but also thru every encounter I have with my students/patients.

4.     What does a typical day look for you at your job?
Everyday is completely different which I love! But normally I do some planning/marketing work in the mornings or I might teach a private in someone’s home. In the afternoons, I might do a few massages or teach a group yoga class.

5.     What advice do you have for people aspiring for the same career as yours?
Take a leap of faith and do it! If you are passionate about what you do, you simply SHINE! Others are drawn to that shininess. But be patient, as Uby Muñoz, owner of Well Woman told me when I first started, because it takes time to make connections, build up your clientele and find your flow.

6.     What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your job?
That everyone is an individual and will receive and respond to treatments and therapies in very different ways, depending on whether they are open to that particular method. What could be the key to recovery for one person doesn’t work on another so it’s always good to be ready for that.

7.     Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What are some goals for your job?
I’m currently in the beginning stages of planning to open a retreat center outside of Barcelona that people can escape to for a long weekend or come and do a retreat surrounded by nature, healthy food and options to relax with different healing modalities. It would combine both my background in business and my love of yoga retreats.

8.     What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing the progress and transformation that takes place in my clients — from when they first try out Thai massage and leave blissfully relaxed to when a beginning yoga student tries a more difficult pose and gets after several tries and leaves feeling confident and strong.

9.     Your health philosophy in one sentence?
Tap into the flow of life….find balance, harmony, listening to your intuition, movement, breath, food as medicine and nature!
10.  What are benefits people can achieve from a session of yours?
Blissful relaxation and realignment of the body both energetically and physically. I love to work with anyone dealing with pain or recovering from an injury and how surprised they are to feel better after one session.
To know more about Angela Sealy click Here

Interview with Lucy Hackney

Name: Lucy Hackney
Occupation: Physiotherapist


What is your educational background?

I have a BA Combined Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology gained in 1995 and BSc Honours Physiotherapy degree from 2000.

How did you build your success/career to where you are now?
I started working in the NHS and therefore got a very broad base of general medical experience and for the last 14 years I have been specializing with neuromusculoskeletal patients.
Throughout my career I have always practiced ‘Continuous Professional Development’ by attending post graduate courses and furthering my knowledge.
After the birth of my son in 2007 I started to work in private practice as it was more flexible and so when I moved to Barcelona in 2012 I had enough experience to set up my own business.

What inspired you to become what you do?
When I was 15 I did a 2 week work experience placement at my local hospital in the physio department and loved every minute of it.
The variety of work, the interaction with the patients, being able to help people, problem solving, the hospital environment. I just loved it all. And I had a teenage crush on one of the physio’s, along with all his geriatric patients who also adored him!

What does a typical day look for you at your job?
I work part time hours as I have 2 children and so every day is different for me. I can see anything from 1 to 7 patients in a day. I try not to treat more than 6 if I can help it. I also work one evening a week.
Each patient is different, so I might see one patient for low back pain and then next for running related knee pain, and then a pregnant lady with sacroiliac pain.

The variety between patients is what I love about the job and what keeps me on my toes as each patient involves knowing different anatomy and using different problem solving and clinical reasoning.
I also teach one day a week on an International Physiotherapy degree. This is a great privilege as I get to have some influence over future generations of physiotherapists!

What advice do you have for people aspiring for the same career as yours?
You have to be curious and like talking to people and not be squeamish about touching bodies!
The physiotherapy degree is full on in terms of volume of learning and the subject matter so you have to be prepared to get your head down and work hard.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your job?
Pain is a great leveler, you can be rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white and you can still get pain.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What are some goals for your job?
In 5 years time I would like to still be treating patients in a clinical setting and also continuing to teach future generations at the University.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?
When someone comes in with a problem that has been bothering them for years and they think they just have to put up with it, and then I give them treatment and advice that resolves the problem and therefore improves their quality of life.

Your health philosophy in one sentence?
Variety is the spice of life! Do different types of exercise, keep moving little and often throughout the day, eat mostly well but with occasional treats and always remember to breath.

What are benefits people can achieve from a session of yours?
I always try and educate the patient as to why they are in pain and how they can try and resolve the pain and avoid it recurring. I think when we understand why something is happening, it takes the fear away and helps us to make the changes we need, without worrying that we will make it worse.

To know more about Lucy Hackney click Here

The Truth Behind Natural Fertility

Catherine Garner Wellbeing Consultant #2The Truth Behind Natural Fertility

When I first started thinking about having a family with my partner a couple of years ago, I was 37 and naturally feeling a little anxious having been constantly reminded by well meaning friends, the medical world and society; don’t leave it too late.
My career over the years has been blended with the best of both healing worlds nursing and complementary healthcare modalities, so I like to think I have a pretty well rounded approach to my health when needed. I was wrong.
After some pretty quick success, I was pregnant! Great I thought. I continued taking my pregnancy supplements, a little exercise and continued with life.
At our second ultrasound, 11 weeks down the line, my world ended.
I like to think I have a good relationship with my body. It subtly tells me what I need and when I need it and also when something is not working.
Nothing prepared me for this. I felt completely betrayed. We were no longer friends.
Refusing the prescription for “helping complete the process” I went home in a state of confusion, despair and complete heartbreak.
2 Months after I was physically given the all clear, but emotionally I was still feeling “off”.
Months later, I was still experiencing both physical symptoms and emotional loss. Hormonal disruption is so tricky to live with because the balance is so finely connected to our emotions. Thoughts would appear which would leave me feeling, sad, anxious, panic, depressed, hopeful, and disappointed. I wasn’t moving on.
It actually felt guilty and dangerous to move on. So my body complied.
Month by month, I waited for a positive sign. Suddenly a year had passed.
I needed to get out of the loop.
As a natural health practitioner and passionate advocate for integrated health, I wanted to find a medical doctor who was compassionate and open to holistic and natural health, who I could work with one to one.
I didn’t find one.
What I did find was a very curt and rude female doctor who brought me to tears with her bleak expectations of my health and family wishes.
That appointment spurred me on to do my own goddamn research.
There are AMAZING women all over the world, having babies naturally, fixing their own bodies and taking charge of their own health – I was going to be one of them.
Armed with my blood results, I began my research.

Knowledge is your friend

To me the internet is the eighth wonder of the world.
Type in <natural health  – natural fertility – natural hormone balancing> and the world is your oyster for great information and an abundance of free resources.
Not only does it offer advice on how to interpret blood results it offers the “whys” and “ways” to fix the problem.
I started with looking at how to balance my hormones because without me being balanced, my body would not have the resources to start let alone maintain any pregnancy. Plus, it’s extremely exhausting to experience the highs and lows of swinging hormones.
I came across a brilliant book (and website, check it out!) called The Period Repair Manual by an Australian Naturopathic Doctor, Lara Briden.
This is a must read for any woman, regardless of whether you are looking to conceive or not.
She carefully explains the different hormones, their jobs, and the various ways an imbalance shows up in your health. More importantly she explains why and how to fix it with natural supplements, diet and lifestyle choices (cue joining the gym!).
Now I had my own personal diagnosis. I went shopping to stock up on the specific  natural supplements I needed and booked my first session in a programme of specialist fertility acupuncture.
Interestingly, even though I have been through medical training, I learned an enormous amount from her observations and experience: an important discovery was that our eggs take 90 to 100 days to mature, so this was the goal: to introduce and maintain a supportive diet and lifestyle to 100 days and beyond.

Next stop – emotional health.

Over the years, and often through necessity, I have discovered and trained in many different techniques to overcome and balance thoughts and emotions. Two of my favorites are Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).
Both find ways to bring balance to mind, emotion and body. Both are very effective.
EFT in particular has helped me the most in regaining some centre and perspective when faced with disappointment, anxiety and grief as well as effectively processing trauma. When I first experienced EFT I was amazed at how quickly very intense emotions would gradually subside after only a few minutes. What I also love is that it’s so simple to use, anyone can do it at anytime, reducing any dependence on a health practitioner and the perfect go to tool when you’re feeling out of sorts.
EFT is a way to express and acknowledge all the worst feelings you have about a situation or yourself, in a safe and non-judgmental way. Combining this with acupressure tapping naturally heals the upset and more importantly reduces the emotional intensity you feel towards certain events and memories so that they no longer have a hold on your emotional wellbeing.
This combined approach has an extraordinarily positive effect on your body, interrupting the flight or fight response and reducing stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. It’s so effective that after a range of positive results were obtained in clinical trials in America (and around the world) they now use it to treat PTSD in war veterans among others.
It’s particularly important to minimise the production of these stress hormones as chronic stress as it not only impedes fertility but it also disrupts and inhibits digestion, reduces immunity, causes muscle and joint problems, increases heart problems and increases the risk of developing circulatory disease.
Nobody wants that.

The results

Well, after applying these changes for a couple of months I decided that a new batch of blood tests was required to see how my body was reacting to the new diet, healing modalities and lifestyle changes.
Positive. In fact, very positive. So much so that my new found Doctor had wondered what I had been doing. Excessive hormones had been lowered and deficient hormones had increased. Hormones to show fertility levels were now at excellent levels despite my age (It’s just a number!).
Integrating the best of both worlds, medical and complementary, has offered many solutions to regaining my health and wellbeing.
I feel much more empowered about my health and have developed a new and respectful relationship with my mind and body plus a strengthened inner confidence that whatever happens with my health in the future, I will be OK.
Good health and wellbeing is available to everyone.
We have the choices, we have the resources we just need to have the courage to make a change.
Be brave, you won’t regret it.

Catherine Garner  is a specialist mind-body Wellbeing Consultant helping women to regain and improve their fertility health and financial wellbeing, with EFT and NLP.

Four Easy Tips to Detox your Home

Detox Your Home

After a long winter of drawn shades and tightly secured windows, it’s time to take a weekend or two to ready your home for spring.  Here are four easy tips to help detoxify your home and bring it back to that clean, bright sanctuary you know it can be:

1. Open those windows

With temperatures warming and the days getting longer, it is the prerfect time of year to invite the fresh air in and push the stale, dirty air out.  Indoor air pollution can be double what it is outdoors, mostly due to indoor cleaning products and air fresheners.  Opening your window will dramatically improve your indoor air quality.

 

2. Get rid of harsh, toxic cleaning products

Using vegetable-based cleaning products and good old vinegar and water to clean your house will have a big effect on indoor air quality as well as a kinder effect on the environment.  For a good cleaning mixture, use one half-cup of vinegar for every half-gallon of warm water.  You can use this solution for wood floors, appliances, mirrors, windows, you name it.  Need something with a little more scrubbing poser for your tubs, sinks and toilets?  Use baking soda to help with the scrubbifng.

 

3. Make the change to natural fibres

Switching to organic cotton for towels and sheets will reduce your risk of pesticide exposure.  Also, switching out your vinyl shower curtain for one made of cotton will create a healthier environment while you relax in the shower, and it will last longer because you can wash it.

 

4. Purify your water

Using a filtration system will reduce the amount of chemicals in your water and give you peace of mind about the water you are putting into your body.  You can also get a filter for your shower to remove harsh chemicals used to treat our water supply.  Leaving your skin feeling healthier.

Changing your cleaning rituals may seem like a daunting task, but starting out with these few easy steps will help create a healthier environment for your and your family.  You’ll be glad you made the change.

Photo Credits

 

Cinnamon-Orange Bean Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cab black beans
  • 1 can red kedney beans
  • 1 can white beans
  • 3 tsp. olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 3 stalks of celery, dices
  • 1 small onion, dices
  • 6 cups spring water
  • 3 shitake mushrooms
  • 6-8 pieces of astragalus root
  • 1 Yam, chopped
  • 1 sweet apple
  • 4 tsp. orange peel, dices
  • 2 ½  tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ cup red wine (optional)
  • 3 leeks, chopped

Method:

  • Sauté garlic, onion and leeks about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add celery and continue sauté for another 3 minutes
  • Add all ingredients, cover and simmer for 45 minutes
  • Discard astragalus root and serve.
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Points Towards Health

Rubbing acupressure points with your fingers for 30-60 seconds can stimulate and promote health and well-being. Here are some points you may like to try:

LARGE INTESTINE 4

WHERE TO PRESS:

On the back of the hand between the thumb and first finger. In the fleshy part of the hand.
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FUNCTIONS:

Used for common colds with symptoms such as sweating, fever, headache and red painful eyes, and nasal congestion. Known as the ”Master Pain Elimination” point, it can address pain in the body – head, neck, mouth, tooth, face, hand, finger and wrist pain.

Also used for throat constriction, dysentery and regulates the Wei Qi (Chinese theory of immune system).

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY.

SPLEEN 6

WHERE TO PRESS:

Located just off the edge of the bone approximately 3 inches, or 3 finger widths, above the inside ankle.

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FUNCTIONS:

Used to address poor appetite, borborygmus, abdominal pain and distention, loose stools and fatigue.

Also helps with vaginal discharge, delayed labor, genital pain, hernia, PMS symptoms, low libido, impotency, vertigo, dizziness and insomnia.

DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY.

STOMACH 36

WHERE TO PRESS:

Located approximately four inches below thekneecap, and one inch or one finger width to the outside of the shinbone.

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FUNCTIONS:

Strengthens the entire body, and helps fight fatigue. Wakes up the body and mind. Relieve indigestion and other gastric disorders, strengthens the digestive system and supports Wei Qi.

Also used for nausea, vomiting, hiccups, fullness and distention of the abdomen, belching, diarrhea, dysentery, pain in the knee and lower leg, mania, depression, dizziness, emaciation due to deficiency, anemia and headaches.

Photo by aithom2

Winter Foods for Health

Photo by Jazzbeat

Winter is a perfect time to reduce our activities and in turn the amount of food we eat in general.  Chinese medicine suggests that all foods have an energetic quality that makes us feel warm or cold inside after eating them.  Because staying warm is important to our overall health, it is useful to know which food will leave us feeling toasty warm inside.

Here are food suggestions to support winter health.

Foods to add……………….Things to avoid

Abalone 

Adzuki beans

Barley

Beef Kidney

Beets and beet

greens

Blackberries

Black currants

Blueberries

Boysenberries

Buckwheat

Carrots

Chestnuts

Chives

Cinnamon bark

Clove

Concord grapes

Cranberries

Dill seed

Dulse

Egg yolk

Fennel Fish/Omega 3 oils

Green beans

Hijiki

Kale

Kelp

Kidney beans Lamb

Lentils

Lotus root

Miso

Mung beans

Peas

Peanuts

Pinto beans

Polishes rice

Pumpkin

Radish leaf

Raspberries

Salt (In moderation)

Sesame seeds

Soybeans

Squash

String beans

Sweet potatoes

Tangerines

Tempeh

Tofu (smoked)

Wakame

Water chestnut

Alchohol 

Artificial

sweeteners

Bacon/Ham

Buttermilk

Canned soup

Cannedveggies

Coffee

Corned beef

Cigarettes

Dairy products

Hotdogs

Hot ad spicy foods

Oatmeal

Pickles

Pretzels

Potato chips

Pungent foods

Recreational drugs

Salt (in excess)

Sausage Stimulants.