You Are Not Broken
As an acupuncturist who works in women’s health, I encounter a question almost daily: ”Am I broken? Is there something WRONG with me?” Sometimes it is spoken. Most of the time though, women suffer with this feeling of inadequacy and suffering silently.
The allopathic medicine and pharmaceutical industries depend on perpetuating this belief that we are broken. That we have no control over the genetic blueprint we have been given and therefore, the impact that we have on our hormones or our health is minimal at best. They want us to believe that the answer to our wholeness lies in a pill.
This. Is. Not. True.
Your daily practices: how you eat, how you move, how you love and connect with yourself and others- these all have the ability to influence your health and ultimately your life. To illustrate this point, here are a few of my favorite patient stories from my clinical practice in 2018:
- A woman who used to bleed heavily 18 days out of the month due to uterine fibroids. We started working together with regular acupuncture treatments and a customized herbal formula. Her flow is now closer to normal at 6 days per month. Her blood iron levels which were low enough to require semi-regular blood transfusions when we first started working together are now on the low end of normal. Her energy is returning and her hair is no longer falling out. We got to celebrate a huge win because she was scheduled for a surgery to remove her fibroids last month and after her last ultrasound, her doctor is now advising her to “wait and see.”
- A woman who put her career first and waited until her 40’s to consider starting a family. When she went to the fertility clinic, she was devastated to learn that she had waited too long. With an AMH (egg reserve) of 0.08 and a high FSH, she learned she wasn’t even a candidate for IVF. She was able to conceive naturally with the help of acupuncture and LLLT and I got to hold her healthy baby boy in my arms days after he was born.
- A woman who had not had a period for 1.5 years and was trying to conceive. During our initial visit, it became clear that the more pressing issue she was struggling with was her eating disorder. This was actually the root of her fertility issues. We spent several months working with her relationship with food, practicing self-love and unraveling the threads of herself that felt “not good enough” . She was self-medicating by obsessing about macronutrients and calories. She was limiting her fat intake to the point that her body didn’t feel like it could conceive or sustain a pregnancy. Her prescription? Eat more bacon and butter. This week, I got to see her in the clinic and give her a hug and a pep talk because she is days away from delivering her baby girl.
I firmly believe that when I am gifted the unbelievable honor of holding space for a woman who wants to feel empowered in her health, my role is to speak to that part of her that feels broken. To remind her that she is more powerful than she knows. That signs and symptoms are messages from the body that we need to listen to. That her body has the capacity to heal. That she is whole just as she is no matter her story.
I would love to support you on your journey to wholeness. Give us a call at Acubalance Wellness Centre in Vancouver, BC at (604)678-8600 to set up your complimentary 15-minute connection call to see if we are a good fit.
Kathleen Lee FABORM, RTCMP, MTCM, L.Ac. B.Sc.