Scar reduction therapy
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Acupuncture for Scar Treatment

Why Should We Treat Scars? Scars may not only be cosmetically undesirable, but may also have an impact on the health of the individual. This is especially true for very large scars; scars with abnormal coloration, lumpiness, numbness, tingling, itchiness, heat or cold sensations, achiness or pain, tenderness to touch, and muscle restriction. Such scars and associated adhesions … Continue reading

"First Steps Towards Making Your Clinic Trans-Inclusive" by Katrina Hanson, published in CJOM
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Article Published in CJOM: Making Clinics Trans-Inclusive

I'm so honored to have had my article (First Steps Towards Making Your Clinic Trans-Inclusive) recently published in the California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM), a semiannual peer-reviewed publication of the California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA). My hope is that this article will help other practitioners to start making their clinics more trans, queer, and … Continue reading

is soy okay to eat when you're taking estrogen or testosterone
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The Soy Controversy

"Women consuming the equivalent of two cups of soy milk per day provides the estrogenic equivalent of one birth control pill... men who consumed the equivalent of one cup of soy milk per day had a 50% lower sperm count than men who didn’t eat soy. -Chris Kresser's Paleo Code Soy is often touted as … Continue reading

Four queer patients of color, including masculine of center nonbinary transgender patients and trans men
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Herbs for Transitioning: Masculinizing Herbs

This is a follow-up post to “The Basics.” Also see the feminizing herbs post here. For gender affirming transition, herbs can be used alone to create very mild 'energetic' effects or to support the body to counteract any side effects of synthetic hormones. Note: Most herbs are unlikely to have a significant effect without any other … Continue reading

an elder lesbian
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10 Reasons LGBTQ Seniors Should Get Acupuncture

LGBT older people face significant health disparities, "linked to a lifetime of stigma, discrimination, violence and victimization; higher poverty rates; a lack of access to LGBT-competent providers; and low rates of health insurance coverage” (Out & Visible). Therefore, LGBTQ older adults need even more access to healthcare. Acupuncture helps to protect the immune system and … Continue reading

yin yang of masculine and feminine can be trans inclusive
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Yin and Yang; Masculine and Feminine

  “Instead of saying that all gender is this or all gender is that, let's recognize that the word gender has scores of meanings built into it. It's an amalgamation of bodies, identities, and life experiences, subconscious urges, sensations, and behaviours, some of which develop organically, and others which are shaped by language and culture. … Continue reading