Speaking of sexual assault

This election is spinning me every day and I'm incapable of keeping up with my usual media diet that limits my exposure to misogyny, bigotry, and violence.  And I live in Canada. Yet in a way i'm grateful for what this election has forced me to reflect on. A few years ago, I did a [...]

By | October 15th, 2016|Hydrotherapy, Women's Health|0 Comments

How I recovered from (postpartum) depression

After my second child was born, I suffered from severe postpartum depression and anxiety. I was completely overcome by my own negative self-talk.  I felt like my whole life was out of control. My thoughts would spiral endlessly through anxiety, fear, despondency, self-deprecation, and then I could top it off with shame for having any [...]

Signs you need a naturopath

Not sure if seeing a naturopathic doctor is something for you?  Here are some signs that naturopathic medicine is likely a good fit for you. Your life is wellthy You already live a wellness-based lifestyle.  You eat whole foods and often cook at home.  You love fruits and vegetables.  You buy some things organic.  You are [...]

By | July 23rd, 2015|Herbal Medicine, Philosophy, Women's Health|0 Comments

Tips for increasing cervical mucus

Why does cervical mucus matter? No matter whether you are trying to conceive through intercourse or through insemination, the quality and quantity of cervical mucus matters.  Fertile cervical mucus, usually produced around the time of ovulation, helps sperm move more easily towards the opening of the cervix and into the uterus.  This mucus helps protect [...]

By | July 8th, 2015|Women's Health|2 Comments

5 ways to shrink fibroids naturally

Fibroids, benign growths in the uterus, are one of the most common gynecological health issues.  According to American statistics, approximately 40-60% of women have fibroids by age 35; by age 50, up to 80% of women will have had uterine fibroids at some point in their life. African-American women are significantly more likely to develop fibroids than [...]

Let’s talk about sex

Many of us may think we talk openly about sex but far too often I have patients who come to see me for sexual health concerns they have never discussed with other healthcare providers. I am glad that my patients feel comfortable asking me about a wide variety of issues related to sex practices: how to avoid giving and getting sexually transmitted infections, how to get or not get pregnant, and how to improve sexual function. Dissatisfaction with one’s sex life, sometimes called sexual dysfunction, is a rather common concern.

7 best herbs for women’s health

I’ve avoided writing “best of” lists for years but was inspired last weekend by naturopathic elder and women’s health expert Tori Hudson, ND, speaking at a conference here in Toronto. Whenever I’m coming up with a treatment plan for a patient, I always think about using the fewest number of remedies possible to address the whole person sitting across from me. (I also think about the least invasive thing I can start with, though that is for another article.) In other words, I’m looking for one or two herbs to address multiple symptoms or health problems at the same time. John Scudder called these specific medicines. Tori Hudson calls these twofers, threefers, or fourfers. Even though it took a lot of restraint to keep this list small, here are my top 7 herbs for women’s health in honour of twofers and threefers. […]

Golden Milk

Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory herb. Plus, you probably already have it in your kitchen cupboard. If not, you should. Turmeric, also known as yellow ginger, has been used to decrease inflammation and pain for all sorts of health conditions. In traditional Chinese medicine, turmeric is used to move stagnant blood and Qi, which can contribute to joint pain and menstrual cramps. In India where turmeric originates from, it has over 50 names and hundreds of medicinal uses. Clinical research on turmeric is ongoing for conditions as varied as menstrual cramps, arthritis, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, endometriosis, fibroids, high cholesterol, and cancer. Golden milk is a traditional Ayurvedic preparation for using turmeric medicinally. […]

Crampbark for cramps, duh

As I was walking out the door today, I was struck by the beautiful colour of the Crampbark leaves in the fall. The deep pinkish red hue is a nice contrast to the yellow and green colours that most of the leaves in my garden have right now. The red colour, though not exactly the colour of blood, is a small reminder of Viburnum’s best known medicinal use – to help treat menstrual cramps. I purchased several of these bushes for my garden under the impression that they were Viburnum trilobum, American Highbush Cranberry, sometimes listed as Viburnum opulus var. americanum, which is native to Ontario. […]

By | October 30th, 2014|Herbal Medicine, In My Garden, Women's Health|0 Comments