Helping My Mom Recover with Eastern Medicine

About a year ago, my mother lost her ability to walk. She was confined to a wheel chair, paralyzed by pain. The doctors she saw insisted on surgery, and she began a tumultuous quest toward recovery. At surgery, the plan was to cut into her neck to access her cervical vertebrae, where they installed metal … Continue reading Helping My Mom Recover with Eastern Medicine

Dark Chocolate: A Tonic for Qi & Blood

When a patient has symptoms of a pale tongue, low energy, pallor, fatigue and muscular weakness, I tend to suspect a deficiency of qi and blood. My favorite food-medicine for less severe qi & blood deficiencies is dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is high in iron, fats, fiber and xanthines like caffeine and theobromine. High quality … Continue reading Dark Chocolate: A Tonic for Qi & Blood

5 Awesome Apps for Acupuncturists, Bodyworkers & Herbalists

For each patient there are many dimensions and parameters to consider as a holistic healer. On the one hand, L.Acs, Dipl. OMs and ABTs are taught  ancient diagnostic philosophies for identifying syndrome patterns (yin/ yang deficiency, liver qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency, etc.). By scrutinizing the patient's tongue and pulse, acupuncturists are afforded a plethora of … Continue reading 5 Awesome Apps for Acupuncturists, Bodyworkers & Herbalists

What does it mean to be AOBTA-C.P.?

The letters behind my name stand for American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia, and C.P. means Certified Practitioner. "The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia is a national not-for-profit professional membership association of the practitioners, instructors, and schools/programs of the various Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) Forms. The AOBTA® was formed in 1989 when a … Continue reading What does it mean to be AOBTA-C.P.?

Do sperm have a sense of smell, and what’s it got to do with Lily of the Valley and sea urchins?

Margi Macdonald

Convallaria_majalis_0002.jpegDuring pre-conception care, one of the things I discuss with couples is the “fertile window“, and that there’s a lot of chemical signalling going on between sperm and the egg.

In these discussions, essentially we’re working to ensure that there will be several million healthy, active sperm waiting in the fallopian tubes beforeovulation occurs, quietly communicating with the egg once it’s released.

About ten years ago – or thereabouts – scientists discovered “smelling capabilities” (or rather, an odorant receptor on human sperm). You can read about that here.

Bourgeonal is the sperm-attracting chemical discussed in that article .

Bourgeonal smells floral, green and watery, and is highly reminiscent of Lily of the Valley. How delightful is that?!

A “scent trail” was thought to be laid by the egg for the sperm to follow.

Sperm have a long journey ahead in their quest for the egg…

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