Your Menstrual Cycle & Creating Balance with Herbal Medicine

​In Root ​cause Chinese medicine, we approach balancing and regulating health and hormones by regulating and optimizing the entire menstrual cycle. We understand the menstrual cycle as four phases. This means on average, your 30 day cycle is split into 4 weeks, or four phases. By optimizing each phase, we optimize fertility, hormonal and overall health. 

Astragalus: Get to Know this Plant Ally!

Astragalus, or Huang Qi, is a tonic herb that is useful for a variety of conditions characterized by Qi deficiency and sinking Qi:

  • Fatigue, foggy thinking

  • Allergies, including skin conditions and food sensitivities

  • Frequent infections, lowered immunity

  • Diarrhea, loose stools

  • Heavy menses, or depleted blood

  • Poor appetite, weak digestion

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Many of you have asked us lately about cosmetic acupuncture. At Vitalize, we offer two different styles, Mai Zen, and Facial Rejuvenation. Mai Zen is a style of cosmetic acupuncture that one of the Vitalize founders, Ms. Rachel Gilman L.Ac., was trained in shortly after graduating OCOM. When Rach made the leap, and left Vitalize to serve as an acupuncturist at Intel, some in our Vitalize community quickly asked who would be providing this service in her place.

Walking through...the final trimester of pregnancy

Third trimester: A.K.A. Get this baby out!


In the third trimester, I continued to rely on regular acupuncture treatments for pretty much all of the things that we went over for trimesters one and two. With an ever growing belly, the aches, pains, and fatigue were constantly shifting and changing. As someone who prioritizes feeling my best, it took a strong commitment to self-care and regular treatment. But the biggest superstar regarding acupuncture and the third trimester, and perhaps one of the things that acupuncture gets the most attention for (even amongst crowds who don’t lean on acupuncture for regular treatment), is acupuncture labor induction, another thing I relied heavily on at the end of my pregnancy.

Redefining Beauty

I was recently reminded about the importance of embracing beauty at every age and how revolutionary of a concept this is when I read an Instagram post by Rachel Brice - a strong, beautiful, inspiring dance instructor and performer. She was celebrating her 47th trip around the sun and commented that on her search for makeup and skincare for “mature skin” she was recommended, among other atrociously-named items, a “wrinkle revenge” product… (Insert jaw drop)  

Our Skin Beyond Our Skin

Our edges do not stop at the surface of our skin. There are many layers and sub layers of energy that extend out from the density of our physical body. These layers are less dense, overlay each other, and actually permeate what we would consider the physical body creating an integrated system that works all together to make up the template of a human being.  

Pregnancy - A walk through the trimesters continued...

Second trimester:

The second trimester feels like it can be summed up by ‘changes everywhere, to everything’. I think for a lot of women, the second trimester is when the reality of pregnancy really starts to set in. This is due in no small part to the reality of the growing pregnant belly, and the associated low back pain, leg and foot (and everywhere) swelling, frequent urination, the list goes on. And while there is usually some reprieve from nausea for most women, that is often and quite quickly swapped out for heartburn and general digestive sluggishness. Acupuncture to the rescue again!

Honoring the Postnatal Experience

Modern day prenatal care offers a pregnant woman enough options to make her head spin. Here in Portland, OR we have access to doulas, midwives, prenatal pilates, birthing centers, nutritionists, dozens of options informed by both Western, natural, TCM, and traditional or folk medical practices.