Thursday, June 6, 2013

Traditional Medicine to the Rescue!

A little background for ya:
About a year ago, a friend recommended a center specializing in acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and healing arts for my healthcare needs. At that time I had just had my third miscarriage and was willing to try just about anything to have a child. I looked into it and shared the information with Tim. We were both interested, but something was holding me back. Maybe it was fear of going in a different direction with my health, maybe it was that I had been to so many appointments around that time that I was just doctored-out (doctor can be used as a verb, right?!?), or maybe the truth was that I was not emotionally ready for this step. Even though I did not initially go, the idea of a different approach to health care stayed in the back of my mind. Holistic Healing/Chinese Medicine is definitely natural so I researched, learned, and ultimately decided to give it a try!

The Lotus Center
A year later, I scheduled an appointment at the Lotus Center for fertility and acne. When I arrived I was greeted by Joy and Matt and was then taken to a back room where I met Michele. These three made me feel like everyone should feel at an appointment, a person, not just a number to be rushed out of the door. This was unlike any medical visit I have ever had. I was first guided through intuitive questions and shared my medical history. Then Michele suggested acupuncture and herbal medicine as my treatment. I was also instructed to eat foods that would build my blood and track my BBT for signs of ovulation. Needles do not bother me in the least, so acupuncture was incredibly relaxing and enjoyable. For around thirty minutes, there were small needles hanging out in my legs, arm, feet, stomach, and forehead while I listened to soothing instrumental music in a dimly lit room. it was perfection! it was too brief, but there will be  many more sessions to come. In order to treat the underlying cause of my specific issues, I will be going back once a week through July for adjustments in my herbal blends and acupuncture. Before leaving the center (1 1/2 hours later!), Joy and Matt filled my prescription (herbs) and taught me how to cook them.  At this point I don't care to ever go to a "regular doctor's office" again. The level of care given here was amazing!

I am hopeful that this will lead to a healthy pregnancy and ultimately a child for our family!

Cooking my herbs:
Once home, I used my recipe to make a decoction.
Step 1: Soak the herbs in 4 cups of water for 20-30 min

Step 2: cook on med heat for 25-30 min, strain. 
Step 3:Cover herbs in water an cook for 5-10 additional minutes. Strain and add all liquid together.

Step 4: store herbal tea in the refrigerator in air tight jars until ready to use.
(I am drinking 2 cups/day) 

What are your thoughts on Traditional Medicine? Have you tried it, would you try it? Thanks for your input (and for reading) !!!


  1. I have been to the Lotus Center and love Michelle. She really helped me with stiff neck and sinus issues. I think we get too caught up in modern medicine and forget about all of the healing knowledge that has been accumulated over the centuries. I love the acupuncture sessions - so relaxing.

    1. Mary, you are so right! Acupuncture is my favorite, but I can really tell a difference in my body and the way I feel just by drinking the herbal decoctions. I am glad you had a positive experience too. Thank you for sharing!