Supplements for surgical recovery, as included in Prism Integrative Acupuncture's post-surgical recovery toolkit
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Best Supplements and Herbs for Surgical Recovery

What Herbs and Supplements Help with Gender Affirming Surgery Preparation and Healing? When preparing for your gender-affirming surgery, there are many natural remedies and supplements to speed healing and make your recovery more comfortable. Knowing what to take, and when to take it is important. Always check with your doctor and/or surgeon before taking any … Continue reading

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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.

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Treating Post-Surgical Constipation

photo credit: Practical Cures on flickr CC Constipation is extremely common post-surgery, especially in combination with constipating pain killers, less physical activity, and irregular fluid and food intake. Often a bowel movement is required before a hospital will let a patient go home, so encouraging this process is especially beneficial to get you home sooner. … Continue reading

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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

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Herbal Trio for Breast Development

Trans women can use herbal estrogens and progesterones with a medical provider to: if you don't want to use hormones or undergo surgery, but still want to create physical changes in your body. after being on synthetic hormones for many years to maintain the changes that you have made without the side effects of continued … Continue reading

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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

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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

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How Does Saw Palmetto Decrease Baldness?

Normally, hair follicles remain active for up to a decade, producing a long strand of 10 year old hair. In alopecia, however, follicles stop producing hair before the hair is long enough to even emerge from the skin. Male pattern baldness, or Androgenic Alopecia, is both genetically determined and influenced by hormones. Genetics cause some … Continue reading

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14 Foods to Soothe Herpes Outbreaks

Two amino acids have a significant impact on both herpes simplex (mouth or genital herpes) and herpes zoster (shingles). Lysine reduces the strength of a herpes outbreak, while Arginine can actually increase the intensity and duration of the outbreak. You can take lysine as a supplement to prevent outbreak, or eat foods containing lysine and … Continue reading

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How Can Acupuncture Help With Hep C?

There are many acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and its complications, whether or not you are undergoing western treatment. Often western medical practitioners will advise patients with early stage HCV to wait to seek treatment until there are drugs available with less serious side effects, but you may already be … Continue reading

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Herbs for Transitioning: The Basics

This is a follow-up post to "The Basics." Also see the transmasculine post here, and the feminizing herbs post here. For information on estrogen and progesterone supportive herbs, check out my follow-up article on Feminizing Herbs For gender affirming transition, herbs can be used alone to create very mild 'energetic' effects or to support the body to … Continue reading