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
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
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
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
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
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
Fat is good for you. Coconut oil has been getting a lot of attention lately, but after 30 years of being told otherwise, you still might have a hard time wrapping your head around the fact that fat can be good for you. We are made of fats! Fat cells make up our bone marrow … Continue reading
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
Stop Hair Loss in Its Tracks
Hair loss can have several causes, from stress to genetics to autoimmune disorders. Some of these are easier to solve than others, but treating our hair (and bodies) well can help slow -and in some cases reverse- hair loss no matter what the cause.
The Story Behind Prism
The story behind the name: I created Prism Integrative Acupuncture to fulfill a community need for transgender-inclusive, integrative hormone care. I focus in transgender wellness, but also in fertility, menopause, and other hormone-related issues. So, in thinking of a name, I wanted something that was at once clearly LGBTQ inclusive, but not exclusive to everyone … Continue reading
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
Acupressure for Good Sex
I love being mentioned by my fabulous community partners, and this one happens to be in an amazing article about acupressure for good sex, written by my colleague Denise, at Cicuto Acupuncture. Exerpt: "While some of the points mentioned below are good for ‘seminal emission’ or ‘painful periods’ and may seem specific to men or … Continue reading
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