I am going to the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to help woman with PCOS
In the spring I underwent some lab-testing to finally get to the bottom of some of the symptoms I have been experiencing despite my healthy lifestyle, like irregular periods, skin and hair issues. I have been mastering several natural healing techniques and really have not had nor needed a family doctor. The last one I had in my early 20’s left me in bad shape, and with bad news which has to lead me here.
At the Institute of integrative nutrition, we hear lectures from so many wonderful doctors and I knew it was I reached out for help. When I found a doctor, we started out with some blood labs to see if my nutrients were out of balance, but they were perfect. On my next visit, we decided to go deeper and check my hormones, this is when we found out that I had really high androgen.
From there we did an ultrasound, suspecting PCOS despite the fact that I do not fit the normal profile. This confirmed it, as did hearing from other family members who reached out to tell me that they too have PCOS. My doctor knew I would never agree to conventional treatment using prescription drugs, so instead, she gracefully challenged me to find the answers I seek holistically and meet with her again in 6 months to see what progress I have made.
As a student at IIN, I was offered the opportunity to take an advanced course in hormone health. Saying “yes” meant that I would be learning from the world’s top experts in hormone health and be able to integrate the science with my background as an attuned Reiki Master & Herbalist.
Talk about synchronicity, an opportunity like this presenting itself at the same time as getting a hormonal diagnosis. Not to mention how
connected the chakra system and hormones are. I dug into my saving, released some ideas that were no longer relevant and carved out the time needed to succeed in this course.
Calling upon my existing knowledge with herbology I have already seen some results. Currently, I am taking vitex (chaste berries) and consuming mint in some form 3x a day. I do this on a cycle, 5 days on and 2 days off. I don’t believe that we should become reliant on any medicine even herbs, diversity is far too important.
I also created a PCOS diet that has been simple and helpful. I am focusing on plant proteins like nuts, seeds, sprouts, spirulina, chlorella, and legumes. Eating 2 cups or more of calcium-rich vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli each day, which help with proper follicle development in the ovaries. Also, I’m eating fruits like cherries, raspberries, strawberries, grapefruit, apples, peaches, pears, and plums which are giving me an extra energy boost and ensure I am eating enough healthy carbs while also maintaining balance.
My reiki and yoga practice is looking a bit different too. PCOS is an issue regarding the reproductive organs, which means it’s a second chakra imbalance. Our second “sacral” chakra (Svadhastana) governs creativity, healthy self-expression, self-worth, and a feeling of liberation. I had to ask myself the question “what is going on with me emotionally, mentally and spiritually?” Issues in these areas always manifest physically.
When balancing chakras using reiki I am working through shame, healing sexual energy, and visualizing flow as this chakra is governed by the element water. PCOS for me is a genetic trait and so I am not only healing my own blockages but those of my ancestors, I am healing my family karma.
I choose to meditate with crystals that clear and heal the sacral chakra (carnelian, citrine and tiger eye) by placing them on my belly just below my navel. As the crystals activate Svadhastana energy I visualize healing for 10 to 15 minutes and let the crystals do its thing. I offer my crystals to the sun and moon to charge and infuse my water occasionally with them too.
In my yoga practice, I am choosing poses that balance Svadhastana, like:
- Child’s Pose (Bālāsana) as a counterpoise
- Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana) for balance
- Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) to stretch and release emotion
- Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) to open my heart
- Pigeon Pose (Kapotasana) to release trauma
- Bound angel Pose (Baddha Koṇāsana) for the reproductive, nervous and respiratory systems.
Already I see so much promise and progress with natural dietary, spiritual and herbal treatments I am using, this research is only just beginning. As I progress through my hormone health course I will gain a better understanding of the science behind how the symptoms manifest in the body and what factors make the symptoms different in each person.
There’s a lot more I could say about PCOS and natural healing techniques but let’s continue the conversation in the comments. I’d love to hear from you.
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– Your Friend Ashley
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Hi, I’m Ashley Michaud, mother, author and founder of Elemental Growth. My mission is to help those of you ready embrace change and create sustainable lifestyle rituals through healing foods, natural alternatives and holistic practices.
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