Heart :: Womb Connection

It's happened to you or a friend. An emotional trigger or trauma completely messes up your period. It's late, or comes way too early, maybe cramping is the worse you've ever experienced or maybe your period completely disappeared since the emotional onset. Why does this happen? And more importantly, is there something you can do to get back to your cyclic harmony? 

Your Heart is intimately connected to your Womb. In Chinese Medicine, there's a channel called the Bao Mai (The Uterus Vessel) that connects your heart to your uterus; a direct link!! This explains the profound influence of mental-emotional triggers of the Heart and it's affects on the Uterus. Basically a broken heart can break the connection of your Bao Mai!! And since we all process emotions differently, our experiences will be unique. Some of us respond with anger, some of us repress while others just sink deep in the grief. There are many passages in ancient texts that talk about how different emotions affect our uteri. 

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For example, The "Simple Questions" in chapter 33 says: "The Uterus Vessel pertains to the Heart and extends to the Uterus" and "When the period does not come it means the Uterus Vessel is obstructed".

Again, in "Simple Questions" chapter 44 says: "Sadness leads to severance of the Uterus Channel: when this is severed Yang Qi is agitated in the Interior and the Heart causes menorrhagia".

The "Secret Record of the Orchid Room" says: "Mental strain and stress weakens the Heart, Heart-Fire rises and the periods do not come".

Let's dig deeper, but first some definitions:
Shen - Spirit
Kidney Jing - The kidneys are home to our Jing; our essence (the most dense physical matter, similar to DNA). This is where are reserves are stored.
Tian Gui - Menstrual Blood aka Heavenly Water
Heart Yang - The warmth and movement potential of the Heart

Your heart houses Shen (your Spirit) and governs blood. It is said that the Heart Yang connects with the Kidney Jing in order to build (Tian Gui) menstrual blood, your heavenly water. So you can see that if something affects the energetics of your heart, it cannot carry out it's function of mutually binding with essence to build menstrual blood. Healthy menstruation and fertility is highly dependent on the state of your Heart as well as your Kidney Jing. 

Christine Taneil Canaday, LMFT talks about this intimate relationship in what she calls Moontime Mindset. She says "Moontime Mindset is a model of self-care for women acknowledging the natural relationship between emotional well-being and menstrual health." You often hear about how stress affects our health. Part of our health is our emotional well-being. When life gets especially overwhelming, I am all about getting the help you need. There is strength in reaching out for help. 

So how can we cycle back into harmony once our periods are affected? Here's some strategies:

1) Acknowledge the Emotion: Talk to yourself via a journal or talk to someone else (a friend, a therapist)
2) Heart/Womb Meditation: One hand over your Heart and the other over your Womb. Visualize the connection, focus on breath and sending love and free flow through the channel. Listening to music can help ease into the space.
3) Rely on your Rituals & Routines: The #1 thing you can do for your cycle harmony is to get back to normal routines and rituals. Your body, including your menstrual cycle thrives on rhythms. Start by looking at the moon phases, tracking your cycle and simply observing your states.
4) See your Acupuncturist & get on some herbs: Your acupuncturist has a way of seeing patterns. Because of this, they will know what can correct the pattern; with acu-points and herbal formulas. 

Caring for your Heart is Caring for Your Womb.

Be Well & In Health,

Hawthorne Berry Tea Recipe to Harmonize Your Period

Hawthorne Berry Tea Recipe to Harmonize Your Period, Kris Gonzalez Acupuncture in Santa Barbara

There’s a tea you can drink several days before your period, on your period and a couple days after to reduce your PMS and cramping. Seriously, it’s like magic. Plus, it’s good for your heart.

Let me introduce you to the beautiful Hawthorn Berry. It's round, red, a bit sour and a little bit sweet. It’s an amazing herb that you should have on heavy rotation nearing your moontime. It’s a staple in my house. Not only does it improve digestive function, lower lipid levels and promote blood circulation, it eliminates wastes from your body. It's the perfect combination of allies for your period phase.

So what’s hawthorn berry?

It’s a commonly used herb in Chinese Medicine. It’s part of the Rose family. It contains fatty acids that aid in fat digestion and because of its sour taste it increases the secretion of digestive enzymes in the stomach to promote digestion in general. It has an affinity for blood and the heart so it can effectively improve heart functions and promote circulation. According to Chinese Medicine, the heart sends blood to the uterus to begin the period stage, so proper heart functioning is imperative for a successful period phase. By drinking this tea, you are supporting your heart’s functioning and improving circulation to and in your uterus.

So how do I make it?

Here’s are a couple variations.

Hawthorn Berry Tea; Straight Up!

15-20g of dried, sliced Hawthorn berries
8 cups of water
A tiny bit of natural sweetener of choice

Bring the berries to a boil and then turn down to a slow simmering boil for 10 minutes. Strain. Boom! You’re done. Lightly sweeten to taste and bring it with you wherever you go. Drink several cups a day. Stores well in the refrigerator for several days but I don’t recommend drinking it cold because cold temperatures constrict and we are trying to improve circulation.

**Add several slices of ginger and a cinnamon stick to the above recipe if you tend to run a little cold**

Hawthorn with Green Tea

15-20g of dried
sliced Hawthorne berries

Small handful of green tea

8 cups of water

A tiny bit of natural sweetener of choice

Bring only the berries to a boil and then turn down to a slow simmering boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add a small handful of loose leaf green tea; steep for about 5 minutes. Strain. Lightly sweeten to taste and bring it with you wherever you go. Drink several cups a day. Stores well in the refrigerator for several days but again, don’t drink it cold! Warm it up or drink room temp.

You can buy hawthorn berries here.

Be Well & In Health,

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