Acupuncture Improves Depression & Anxiety for PCOS

New research demonstrates that acupuncture reduces both depression and anxiety in women with PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome. The researchers hailed from State University of New York, University of Gothenburg and the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine. The findings show that acupuncture helps with the emotional component of PCOS. Overall, the researchers note that acupuncture improved the health related quality of life for the patients. See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/acupuncturist-news-online/783-pcosdepression#sthash.o6J7icp9.dpuf

September 10 Lecture: Enhance Fertility with Dr. Dana Price

ilumina Healing Sanctuary Lecture SeriesTopic: Enhance Fertility

Date: September 10, 2012 Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm Location: ilumina on Camelback

Dr. Dana Price DOM, L.Ac., FABORM will be presenting information on Enhancing Fertility with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dana has been in practice since 1999 and has been sought after for her experience and expertise.

Please call 602-957-2602, or email office@iluminahealing.com to reserve your space.

September is PCOS Awareness Month!

Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female endocrine disorder.  PCOS is a hormonal disorder that involves multiple organ systems in the body.  It is characterized by a condition in which the ovaries develop multiple small cysts; it is often associated with abnormal or absent ovulation and, accordingly, with infertility. The most common symptoms of PCOS are an irregular period, lack of ovulation, infertility, increased hair growth, insulin resistance, and unusual weight gain. The cause of PCOS is a mystery, but it is known that PCOS sufferers have a higher sympathetic nervous system activity than other women. Conventional medicine deals with PCOS by treating the symptoms associated with it.  For example, PCOS is one of the leading causes of infertility; the most popular conventional treatment uses ovulation inducers such as clomid, hCG, and gonadatropin.  These drugs may trigger ovulation but they do not effectively address the underlying causes of poor ovarian health.

In Chinese medicine PCOS is usually attributed to kidney yang deficiency and damp accumulation and can be treated with a combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture.  Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are used to stimulate the body’s own natural production of hormones and regulate the menstrual cycle by helping correct the underlying deficiencies and/or eliminating disruptions.  Regular treatment can help in restoring reproductive energy in the kidney system, balance the liver system to control smooth flow and distribution of blood, build an adequate supply of blood to maintain normal menstrual cycles, and soothe the sympathetic nervous system to relax the body, reduce stress, and influence healthy ovulation.

In addition PCOS sufferers can incorporate the following changes for enhanced fertility and better health and well-being:

  • Eliminate processed foods from your diet.
  • Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and low-fat protein.
  • Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, and refined carbohydrates.  Balance blood sugar by limiting carbohydrate intake, but do include healthy carbohydrates like whole grains, oatmeal, and brown rice.
  • Practice stress management; incorporate yoga or a regular meditation practice into your day.
  • Exercise regularly; try to get in a half hour per day.
  • Get plenty of rest and keep regular sleep patterns.
  • Avoid alcohol which can lead to a disturbance of hormonal balance.
  • Get regular acupuncture treatments.
  • Have Ilumina prescribe an herb formula that will help reduce cysts and balance your hormones.

ilumina Upcoming Events for November

ilumina Healing Sanctuary is honored to offer these amazing free events that you do not want to miss.  To register please call ilumina Healing Sanctuary at (602) 957-2602.Women’s Circle led by Marion Light M.Ed.6:00pm-7:00pm1st Monday of the Month (November 1st)For women looking to connect with other women in an environment that encourages inner growth and healing.  This meeting encompasses setting the space, clearing negative or stagnant energies, a guided meditation and sharing.  In our society, many women have become overstressed and overburdened with family, work and their own high expectations of themselves.  The age-old tradition of sitting in a circle and sharing has been replaced by hectic, isolated lives that lead to distraction from our deeper selves.  These groups allow a space for community, inner discovery and healing.  This renewed energy then goes forward with each woman and touches al those they encounter.Couples Communication with Marion Light6:00pm-7:00pmMonday, November 8thA large percentage of communication is non-verbal. Most problems in a relationship are caused by an inability to speak the truth to each other about what we feel and what we really need from each other. Come and learn how to communicate and listen with compassion. Spend a evening with Marion Light, Emotional Wellness Therapist and Polarity Practitioner to explore the effects of this process in your relationship.Fertility Circle led by Marion Light M.Ed.6:00pm-7:00pm3rd Monday of the Month (November 15th)For women on the journey to motherhood who are seeking connection with other women on the same path. This circle includes guided visualizations and will remain small to ensure personal attention.

Upcoming Events

Our events are warm and informative and fill up fast so call sooner than later  to reserve a spot.  They are all held at ilumina.7520 E. Camelback RoadScottsdale, Arizona 85251(602)957-2602Women’s Circle led by Marion Light M.Ed.1st Monday of the MonthFor women looking to connect with other women in an environment that encourages inner growth and healing.  This meeting encompasses setting the space, clearing negative or stagnant energies, a guided meditation and sharing.  In our society, many women have become overstressed and overburdened with family, work and their own high expectations of themselves.  The age-old tradition of sitting in a circle and sharing has been replaced by hectic, isolated lives that lead to distraction from our deeper selves.  These groups allow a space for community, inner discovery and healing.  This renewed energy then goes forward with each woman and touches al those they encounter.Fertility Circle led by Marion Light M.Ed.3rd Monday of the MonthFor women on the journey to motherhood who are seeking connection with other women on the same path. This circle includes guided visualizations and will remain small to ensure personal attention.FREE LECTURE SERIESMarch 8, 2010  (Monday) 6-7:30pmHealing through the Emotions with Marion Light M.Ed.Our emotions, both conscious and unconscious play an important role in our learning. It is through the emotions that we gain deeper access to who we really are and what is important to us in our lives.  Living an inner guided life does not ensure an absence of difficulty in your life.  Leaving your emotions and tapping into your intuition will however allow you to move through these transitions with ease and grace without becoming unbalanced.  Come for an evening to learn about the emotional aspects of your physical, financial and relationship issues.April 26, 2010 (Monday) 6-7:30pmYoga for Fertility with Suzanne Gaynor L.Ac., RYTCome learn about the benefits of how yoga can reduce stress, increase blood flow and enhance fertility. Yoga philosophy, breathing techniques and simple poses will be explored. Fertility based private yoga sessions, books and DVDs will be available for purchase.  No specialty equipment or clothing needed.May 10, 2010 (Monday) 6-7:30pmTreating PCOS with Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dana Price L.Ac.Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a common cause of infertility. Come learn how taking the integrative approach to this complex syndrome can heal the ovaries and promote ovulation, aid in weight loss, and balance the hormones thus reducing symptoms and promoting fertility. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary therapy, massage, and emotional wellbeing will be addressed.