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Infertility and Bone Broth – A Beneficial Connection

Posted on Mar 27, 2014

Can it be possible that there is a beneficial connection between infertility and bone broth?  If you have not been exposed to Traditional Chinese Medicine and an acupunture specialist you might be wondering what bones have to do with making broth.  And more importantly, how would such a practice apply to a patient with infertility issues? In order for you to better understand this connection you should know that Tradtional Chinese Medicine includes more than acupuncture.  It involves the use of herbs as well as Chinese nutrition and dietary assessment.  Looking at the whole person will give an acupuncturist information that will help them create a whole body balance by incorporating everything from daily lifestyle practices to emotional health and beyond.

When it comes to infertility issues, acupunturists and Chinese herbalists know that Kidney energy is strongly associated with infertility.  The process of reproduction relies on an abundance of Kidney Qi, Yang and Yin.  Jing is the foundation of Kidney Qi.  When a person eats a poor diet or is under a good deal of stress it is difficult to replenish the Jing.  Having diminished Jing will result in having a weaker constitution.  This can cause accelerated aging and challenge their ability to reproduce.  The main treatment in infertility cases requires boosting the Kidney energy.

Broth or stock made from bones is one of the most nutritious foods we can eat.  Chinese medicine says that the bones hold Jing, which is thought of as our essence. In many cultures bone broth is consumed almost daily. These cultures would not think of throwing out the bones.  They slow cook them in water that sometimes includes herbs and other ingredients to bring out the life-giving nutrients they contain.  The marrow inside the bones contains fats, proteins and some minerals that leak into the water resulting in a rich, nutrient dense, fertility boosting blend.  Patients with infertility issues can benefit  greatly from drinking a cup of bone broth daily.

There are as many bone broth/soup recipes and suggestions as there are cooks but I thought it was important to provide you with some basics in broth making.  You’ll find a simple broth recipe at the bottom of this page.

  • Always be mindful of the quality of the bones you use.  It’s best to find bones that come from organically-raised, pastured or grass-fed animals.
  • If the bones have very little meat put them into a slow cooker or a very large pot with vinegar and cover with water. Let stand for one hour. Adding vinegar to the water will draw out minerals in the marrow.
  • Roasting and browning the bones in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour before you place them in water will create a more robust flavor.  Bake at about 375 degrees on a baking sheet or baking dish.
  • Always used filtered water and cook slowly for 8- 12 hours.  The longer you cook the bones the more medicinal value you will receive from them.  Be mindful that more water will have to be added due to evaporation.
  • Remove the bones with tongs and strain the broth.  Place in refridgerator to cool.
  • A thick layer of fat will sit on top of the stock once it is completely cool. Remove the fat with a spoon, making sure you get it all in order to keep the stock clear.
  • Store the broth in glass canning jars and pour a little bit of fat on top of each jar to help preserve the broth.  Leave at least 2 inches of space at the top of each jar if you intend to freeze them.
  • Broth can be made in a stock pot on the stove or in a crock pot.  Bring the broth to a boil and then turn down to simmer.  This is the time to add herbs and seasonings.

 

  • one whole organic chicken OR 4-5 pounds of beef bones
  • enough water to fill the large stock pot 1 inch below the rim
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4-5 celery stalks
  • 1-3 onions, coarsley chopped
  • 3-4 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1-2 tesaspoons of fresh ground pepper
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3-4 cloves of finely crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 inch ginger root, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 

This process should be enjoyable and become an expression of things that you like.  Don’t be afraid to add other herbs and spices or eliminate some on the list if you don’t like them.  Enjoying the process always makes the broth taste better.

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Acupuncture for Menopause

Posted on Jul 9, 2012

Acupuncture for Menopause

Acupuncture for Menopause

With so many Baby Boomers reaching their golden years, it’s no wonder they are looking to acupuncture for menopause relief.  We are a society of seekers in the quest for alternatives to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and all of its risks.  No longer are we going to stand by and take what someone else deems good for us without exploring options and alternatives.  Acupuncture for menopause is safe and effective in dealing with many of the menopause symptoms we regard as a normal part of the process.

While everyone has their own story, many women are clear in their personal dealings with menopausal symptoms.  They can include hot flashes, decreased libido, insomnia, night sweats, headaches, vaginal dryness and moodiness.  Some of them may start around 40 years of age when the routine of menstrual cycles starts to change and become more irregular.  This stage of change is referred to as perimenopause.   Mood swings may seem more intense and hot flashes may first appear at this stage.

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Acupuncture Treatments in Ideal Conditions

Posted on Jun 22, 2012

Acupuncture Treatments in Ideal Conditions

Acupuncture Treatments in Ideal Conditions

Ideal conditions for your acupuncture treatments are as important as the treatments themselves.  You’ll find, as in most areas of life, what’s right for some is not right for others.  Let’s take a look at the basic details that create ideal conditions for your acupuncture treatments and a few of their variables.  Having this information before a treatment with a new acupuncturist will help you decide whether their practices are right for you, or not.  Just as there is no one-size-fits all approach, it is helpful to know why things are done and what it means for you during a treatment.  We are all different in our thinking and a new experience may bring up questions that you might not think about beforehand.  Having some background in the basics will help you be better prepared.

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East Meets West In Alternative Medicine

Posted on Jun 10, 2012

East Meets West In Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Versus the FDA

It’s been a long time coming but there is progress being made in the meeting of the minds when it comes to the alternative medicine practices of traditional Chinese medicine and the FDA regarding testing on oral botanical drugs for major medical indications.  More than 15 years ago Mary Tagliaferri, MD, L.Ac. and Isaac Cohen, OMD, L.Ac. co-founded the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at the University of California.  San Francisco’s Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center was opened as the first traditional Chinese medicine clinic at UCSF.  The plan was straight forward: employ state of the art technology to rigorously identify and test the active ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine herbs and botanicals.

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What to Expect from Acupuncture

Posted on May 30, 2012

What to Expect from Acupuncture

What To Expect From Acupuncture

Knowing what to expect from acupuncture has a lot to do with understanding the basic practices of your local acupuncturist.  If you haven’t read the article called “Traditional Chinese Medicine and How it Works“, you might want to read that first to get some good background information.

The acupuncturist is an expert who performs acupuncture. They may apply the use of needles or some other materials in their quest to help their patients find balance and create tranquility in the body.

What To Expect From Acupuncture – Why All The Questions

An acupuncturist will ask a number of questions at the beginning of your visit just as your family doctor does.  This helps him or her get an idea of what might be behind the reasons for your appointment.  They often commonly  check your pulse and observe the shape, color and coating of your tongue. Checking the tongue will help them determine the condition of your organ and meridian systems.  By doing this they can tell whether you have excesses or deficiencies in your system.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and How It Works

Posted on May 8, 2012

Traditional Chinese Medicine and How It Works

Traditional Chinese Medicine and How It Works

Traditional Chinese Medicine, which encompasses many different practices, is rooted in the philosophy of Taoism dating back more than 5,000 years. Today, Tradtional Chinese Medicine is practiced side by side with Western medicine in many of China’s hospitals and clinics. Acupuncture is an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It involves the insertion of thin needles at specific points in the body (acupoints) and is used in the treatment of or prevention of many illnesses and conditions including colds and flu.  In the United States acupuncture is most often used to relieve pain,  but it is also used for respiratory issues, depression and other psychiatric problems as well as ear, nose and throat diseases.

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