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REFLEXOLOGY FOR MALE FERTILITY

THERE IS NO PILL THAT TREATS BROKEN SPERM!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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ever wonder why when there’s a sperm issue in a couple’s Fertility journey the doctors recommend IUI IVF or ICSI?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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ever wonder why we are performing surgery on one partner when the Fertility challenge lies with the other partner?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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why we are pumping unhealthy amounts of “hormones” into women – exposing them to very real and very frequent risk of Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome (go ahead and google those consequences) just so an abnormal amount of eggs can be harvested and hopefully fertilized with these poor quality sperm?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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BECAUSE THERE IS NO PILL THAT TREATS BROKEN SPERM, and the medical world is left with no alternative but to do the above⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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and I don’t know if they just assume you GUYS aren’t willing or able or capable of doing the work.. but I have VERY GOOD NEWS FOR YOU!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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you don’t need a pill to fix your broken sperm (save for a genetic condition that renders you sterile or missing components like the vas deferens). you can completely turn around your own numbers in 90-100 days by taking ownership of your diet and lifestyle choices and seeing a ReproFlexology Therapist who can work naturally with your body to bring any condition into remission and amp up those sperm building hormones.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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they say a diagnosis of sterility for a male is on the same scale of devestation as a cancer diagnosis, psychologically. but it doesn’t have to remain that way. take back your Fertility, guys! 💙

REFLEXOLOGY FOR HEAVY PAINFUL PERIODS

DYSMENORRHEA & MENORRHAGIA

“my teen has super painful and heavy bleeds, and really doesn’t want to take the Oral Contraceptive Pill to manage it. can ReproFlexology help?”

absolutely! in fact, OCP should never be used to regulate or manage menstrual cycle problems because that’s not what it does, that’s not what it’s designed to do. OCP was designed to shut down your reproductive system (google menopause consequences because this is what OCP is) so that pregnancy cannot occur. it does absolutely nothing to balance hormones and reduce the period symptoms tour teen is facing, so once they decide to come off the OCP their symptoms are the same or worse as when they started.

with ReproFlexology protocols we are able to address the hormonal imbalance that is causing the period problem and help your teen come to experience a trouble free period – as is normal. in fact, the younger the period problems are addressed, the quicker the response time to ReproFlexology techniques because the body hasn’t been out of balance for years or decades.

ReproFlexology is not just for Fertility.. it’s for anyone experiencing any kind of cycle disruption or any disorder of reproductive organs.tag

RED CLOVER (trifolium pratense)

“One of the most cherished of the fertility-increasing plants is red clover (Trifolium pratense). Common in fields and along roadsides, it has bright pink (not really red) blossoms from mid-summer into the chilly days of fall. A favorite flower of the honeybees, the tops (blossoms and appending leaves) are harvested on bright sunny days and eaten as is, or dried for medicinal use. The raw blossoms are delicious in salads and nutritious when cooked with grains such as rice or millet.

To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won’t work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of red clover infusion.

It is especially helpful if there is scarring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses, abnormal cells in the reproductive tract, or “unexplained” infertility. It may take several months for the full effect of this herb to come on and pregnancy may not occurs until you have used it for a year or two. You can improve the taste by including some dried peppermint (a spoonful or two) along with the dried clover blossoms when making your infusion. Treat the father of the child-to-be to some red clover infusion, too!”

Excerpt: @susunsweed nourishinginfusions.com/RedClover.html
Image: @unsplash / Timothy Dykes

OATSTRAW INFUSIONS

Susun Weed – one of the most active online herbalist pioneers, has been one of my best friends in the last few weeks (month). An incredible source of well balanced information in an easy to read format, she makes Herbalism and getting your nutrients from your food easy.
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I’ve been diving deep into the world of Infusions lately and have been so very pleasantly surprised at the strength of Water Medicines. Let’s see what Susun has to say about Oatstraw Infusions.
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“Oatstraw (Avena sativa) is the herb of longevity in the Auryuvedic system of India. It restores nervous system integrity, emotional flexibility, and sexual flow. Oats and oatstraw are exceptionally good at nourishing heart health and moderating cholesterol. Oatstraw infusion (not tea, not tincture, not capsules) provides lots of protein, all macro- and trace-mineral in high amounts, and very high amounts of B vitamins – excepting vitamin B12.
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A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. Its steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods.
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Oatstraw is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood.
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Oatstraw infusion is another favorite of those who want to feel less anxious. Preparation is the same as for nettle infusion; remember to avoid tea bags and capsules.
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The taste of oatstraw is softer and more mellow; you will enjoy it warm with a little honey. It is especially useful for those whose anxiety is combined with excessive nervous energy.
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Oatstraw infusion builds deep energy for the next day, especially when you have been riding an emotional roller coaster. Oatstraw nourishes the nerves, easing anxiety and improving our ability to live with uncertainty.
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Oatstraw infusion has been an ally for depressed women since earliest times. Oatstraw infusions have helped when muscles lack minerals — especially calcium and magnesium”

CRANIOSACRAL REFLEXOLOGY

This weekend I attended a 1 day workshop by Carol Faguy on Craniosacral Reflexology.

Craniosacral Reflexology works just like traditional Craniosacral Therapy, however the treatment is provided to the foot or the hand. It was created by the late Dr Martine Faure Anderson and is described by Carol Faguy of Quebec Reflex as follows: “Unlike traditional foot reflexology, which focuses on the general systems of the body and its parts, the focus and intent of CSR is to enhance the flow of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the body, by working on the reflex areas related to the craniosacral system, consisting of the CSF and the membranes (meninges) which surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, the bones and sutures of the skull and the spinal vertebrae and the twelve pairs of cranial nerves.”

While the 1 day workshop created by Carol Faguy does not qualify me to call myself a Craniosacral Reflexology Therapist (indeed the full training is 20 days long and highly intensive), I do have a mini CSR Protocol that I can incorporate into my treatments to bring my treatments to a new and higher level.

Thank you @reflexquebec and thank you Dr Faure Alderson, for your hard work 💕

NETTLE INFUSIONS

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica)is a herb that strengthens the Kidneys and Adrenal Glands giving deep long lasting energy not found in caffinated beverages and greatly reducing Anxiety. It detoxifies the body and and helps to improve the nutrient uptake efficiency of your gut.
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In pregnancy, Nettle Tea (Infusion) is often recommended for women undergoing a particularly painful birth, it helps protect against excessive bleeding (due to it’s high Vitamin K content) and can act as a coagulant. It also helps stimulate the production of milk and makes the lactation process easier.
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Stinging Nettle relieves cramping and bloating associated with Menstruation and can reduce quantity of blood flow due to it’s astringent properties, and helps reduce water retention. For women undergoing Menopause, Stinging Nettle helps acts as a restorative and helps smooth the transition so the hormonal fluctuations aren’t as pronounced.
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The combination of high vitamin C and Iron content make it ideal for dealing with Anemia by stimulating red blood cell production. Stinging Nettle has also been successfully shown to be used in Inflammatory Conditions such as Rheumatic Arthritis, Chronic Muscle Pain and Gout (but also think Endometriosis)
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Stinging Nettle can also be used as a preventative for Prostate Health, but due to the path this treatment takes it cannot cure an already existing condition. Also, used with Palmetto – it can reduce the urge of frequent urination.
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Stinging Nettle is also widely used in treatment of hayfever and other allergies.
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There are no contraindications to the use of Nettle Leaf infusion. Nettle Root tea does have known side affects and drug interactions.
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If you drink 4-5 quarts of nettle infusion weekly, you can expect to see results within 3-6 weeks.
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Sources: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/stinging-nettle.htmlhttp://nourishingherbalinfusions.com/Nettle.html Book: Herbal Healing for Women by Rosemary Gladstar

Pregnancy Loss & Maternity Reflexology

There is so much negative terminology around the Reproductive System, and “miscarriage” is a big one. Miscarriage can carry the connotation of mistakes made or incompetent mother and uterus – so I prefer to use Loss of Pregnancy.
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You might think Loss of Pregnancy and Maternity Reflexology do not belong together, but they do!
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With the Loss of a Pregnancy there is pain, grief, shame, guilt, anger, denial. These are a few of the plethora of emotional consequences with Loss of Pregnancy. But there is also physical pain, hormonal imbalance, huge loss of blood, fatigue etc.
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Maternity Reflexology allows us to attend to both the emotional and physical needs of the Mother after a Loss of Pregnancy – whatever the stage the loss occurs at. With Maternity Reflexology protocols for Loss of Pregnancy we can re-balance hormones, reconnect and restore energy and “sense of self”, help reset the uterus to it’s non-pregnant state, help prevent the feelings of guilt from settling in and get the lymphatic system working to help the body cleanse thoroughly.

MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY FOR FETAL POSITIONING⠀⠀⠀

Although we often focus solely on the bones of the pelvis when looking at Birth, Fetal Positioning is largely affected by unbalanced soft tissues within the Pelvis⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A Maternity Reflexology Therapist can target these soft tissues of the Pelvis, such as Psoas, Piroformis, and Iliacus Muscles as well as Broad, Round and the Utero Sacral Ligaments, to ensure they are balanced which encourages a centred Uterus and optimal Fetal Positioning for Birth⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Optimal Fetal Positioning leads to quicker, easier Births with fewer Interventions. Who doesn’t want that?

HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM & MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY

70-80% of women experience some time of morning sickness with pregnancy. But Hyperemesis Gravidarum is an extreme case of morning sickness whose symptoms are listed as severe nausea & vomiting, weight loss of 5% or more of pre-pregnancy weight, food aversions, decrease in urination, dehydration, headaches, confusion, fainting, jaundice, extreme fatigue, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, loss of skin elasticity, secondary anxiety/depression and electrolyte imbalance. In some cases, Hyperemesis Gravidarum may be so severe that hospitalization is required.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY protocols help manage, and sometimes remove entirely, the symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red Raspberry Leaf, sometimes referred to as a “woman’s herb” is an especially popular herb due to it’s possible benefits for pregnant women. There is also anecdotal evidence that suggests Red Raspberry Leaf helps relieve PMS symptoms such as cramping, nausea, and diarrhea.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Red Raspberry Leaf increases Fertility in both men and women, and is an excellent Fertility Herb when mixed with Red Clover.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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While Red Raspberry Leaf is generally a herb recommended for 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy to tone the uterus, it is also used by many women in the 1st trimester to help ward off nausea.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Other known benefits of Red Rasberry Leaf:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– very high in vitamins & minerals, supplying much needed nourishment to the partaker⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– helps to prevent Loss of Pregnancy and hemorrhage⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– reduces pain during labour and after birth⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– assists in breast milk production⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– provides a safe and speedy birth all the while not increasing the intensity of the contractions but rather the efficiency of the uterus⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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– supports a faster metabolism⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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While Red Raspberry Leaf appears to be safe for everyone, there are some side effects to note:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– laxative properties could cause increased bowel movements and bladder voiding in some people⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
– increased Braxton Hicks contractions⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Sources: http://www.susunweed.com/Article_Pregnancy_Problems.htmhttps://www.healthline.com/nutrition/red-raspberry-leaf-tea#pregnancyhttps://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/raspberry-leaf-tea.html