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Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health

Chinese Medicine, Natural Transition, and the Gender Binary

Chinese Medicine, Natural Transition, and the Gender Binary. A guest post on Tynan Rhea’s website (founder of postpartumsex.com). A few excerpts: Yin and yang are often associated with female and male energy respectively, which leads to the misconception that Chinese Medicine is inherently binary and therefore inappropriate for trans medicine. It is true that most … Continue reading

Supplements to support trans men while taking testosterone, including liver and cardiovascular heart health
Endometriosis, LGBT Inclusion For Providers, Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health, Surgical Recovery & Scars

Supplements for Surgery

Supplements and Surgery: You most likely know already that there are certain supplements and medications that you should avoid before surgery. Mostly these are supplements and medications that can cause excess bleeding, as well as those that can interfere with the anesthesia. Surgeons’ opinions vary on which medications and supplements are okay and when to … Continue reading

Tynan Rhea of post partum sex dot com talks about whether sex causes miscarriages
Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health, Sexual Wellness

Does Sex Cause Miscarriages? Guest Post by Tynan Rhea of postpartumsex.com

This article should not be used to replace medical advice. If your doctor has advised you to abstain from sex for fear of miscarriage and you do not have any of the conditions listed below, you may benefit from a second opinion, further research, or asking your doctor to explain why it’s important for your … Continue reading

video screenshot of Katrina Hanson LAc talking about how acupuncture can help the LGBTQ community
LGBT Inclusion For Providers, Prism Blog, Prism in the Press, Self Care for Trans Health

Acupuncture and Trans Medicine

Just a little throwback to this video about my gender-inclusivity activism at my alma mater, the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College (AIMC) Berkeley. It's so wonderful to reflect on how much my practice and my knowledge has evolved; all with the support of my wonderful patients. This has been a long process and I'm looking … Continue reading

a queer dad and his baby
Endometriosis, Hormone Regulation, Menopause and Andropause, Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health

Balance Your Hormones While You Sleep

  How to Balance Hormones with Sleep. Enough quality sleep builds our immune systems, repairs cellular damage, reduces inflammation in the body, and resets hormones (including regulating our blood sugar levels and stress hormones).  With chronic sleep deprivation (6 hours or less per night), our cortisol (stress hormone) levels begin to rise, negatively affecting not … Continue reading

a gender diverse kid and parent holding some apples
Endometriosis, Hormone Regulation, Menopause and Andropause, Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health

10 Ways to Eliminate Cancer-Causing Estrogens

  What are Xenoestrogens? Xenoestrogens are hormones in the environment that mimic estrogen. Unlike naturally produced estrogens, when xenoestrogens enter our bodies they disrupt our endocrine systems, throwing our hormones out of whack and potentially causing cancer, especially breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Xenoestrogens are most commonly found in plastics, pesticides, … Continue reading

a queer family with a gender diverse kid having a great time walking in their backyard
Endometriosis, Hormone Regulation, Menopause and Andropause, Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health

How to Balance Your Hormones with Exercise

  How to Balance Hormones with Exercise. We all know exercise is good for us. We also know that too much of a good thing isn't good after all. This applies to exercise too! When we exercise, we put our bodies in a state of stress. Cortisol, the 'stress hormone', increases when we exercise just like … Continue reading

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Endometriosis, Hormone Regulation, Menopause and Andropause, Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health

6 Ways Water Helps You Balance Your Hormones

  We Are Water. Water makes up 1/2 to 1/3 of our body weight. Our bodies depend on water for nearly all processes. When we're not well hydrated, our tissues aren't well hydrated, and this can disrupt our body systems, including hormone regulation. Water is necessary to flush out excess toxins and hormones. You know … Continue reading

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Endometriosis, Hormone Regulation, Menopause and Andropause, Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health, Surgical Recovery & Scars

Fiber Fiber Fiber!

  Everyone knows fiber is important, but do you know why? You've probably heard that fiber is a good way to maintain regular bowel movements. Maybe you've even heard about its possible role in preventing colon cancer or that fiber is beneficial for immunity. You may not know that fiber can balance your hormones too! Fiber … Continue reading

herbal medicine for transgender wellness
Menopause and Andropause, Prism Blog, Prism in the Press, Self Care for Trans Health

Hair Brilliance with Chinese Medicine

Join me for this wonderful class, in collaboration with Berkeley Community Acupuncture. We will make a hair growth serum together in class, which you will get to take home and use, you will also receive a BCA’s Glow Tea for hair and skin! $40 At Berkeley Community Acupuncture, 2880 Sacramento St, Berkeley, CA. Sign up! All information in this … Continue reading

a trans knowledgeable doctor talks to a trans patient
Prism Blog, Self Care for Trans Health

Transgender HRT: What are my options?

We ALL have the same hormones, just in different amounts and we USE different amounts of them too. Furthermore, we can change how our bodies use the hormones we already have. Every body makes progesterone from cholesterol, and that progesterone can turn into estrogen OR testosterone. The estrogen and testosterone in our bodies can also … Continue reading