I thought my conversation with Njemile would walk through some of the step-by-step things women could do to improve their fertility. Turns out the conversation pivoted into including a deeper investigation of living a life that is connective, generative and mindful.
Listen in as we explore the cultivation of fertility and connectedness in all the aspects of our lives. And gain some insight into what it means to live a fertile life.
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2:07 More than just assisting people that want to babies.
3:54 A personal journey of healing and transformation.
10:03 The effect of one hour a week of Tai Chi.
12:48 A personal experience of acupuncture
15:46 Painful periods and PMS is not normal!
19:24 What you notice when you slow down & spend time taking care of yourself.
33:25 The problems that dampness causes with women’s health.
35:36 Creating the conditions for fertility.
38:00 Preconception care.
42:13 What men can do to help improve their fertility.
44:53 Why it’s better to cultivate fertility, instead of forcing it.
53:37 Living a fertile life is a life-long process.
I have had a deep interest in East Asian medicine for 30 years. In the late 1980’s, I turned to acupuncture to heal my own very painful menstrual periods. I was so impressed with the immediate results, and amazed to discover that each month, I could have periods without cramps, food cravings or debilitating pain.
I wanted to know more about how this medicine worked. For years I read every book I could find on acupuncture & Chinese herbs, while studying tai qi & qi gong regularly.
I made the decision to leave my career in broadcast journalism, for formal study in the mid 1990’s. I graduated with honors from the San Diego branch of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1999 with a Masters in Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine.
One of the highlights of that training was a 10-month series of classes in Gynecology with renowned TCM physician, the late Dr. Yitian Ni. Dr. Ni had a thriving practice in San Diego successfully treating thousands of fertility patients, decades before acupuncture for fertility became a popular course of treatment in the US. She generously shared her treatment methods with her students. Her insightful, skilled clinical techniques for diagnosing and treating all OB/GYN conditions continue to provide a solid foundation for my practice today.
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