Your temperature dipped one day and you can’t figure out why. Or maybe your temperature bounces up and down and it’s hard to figure out when (or if) you ovulate. Join Rianna Poskin and I as we talk about charting from a Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view!
I had so much fun with this one – I almost forgot I was the one doing the interviewing as I listened to her share insight about what was probably happening in one woman’s cycle. Our charts are really interesting!
Charting from a TCM view
Rianna Poskin is a Mom of 3, an Entrepreneur, Lover of the Outdoors/Exercise/Nutrition, and Servicing others. Her mission is to make you the best by bringing you to your full potential in Body, Mind and Spirit!
Rianna and her husband dealt with Fertility issues, including miscarriages, which is why she is so passionate in helping others achieve their family dreams and stay healthy!
Rianna worked as a TCM practitioner focusing on Women’s Health and Fertility until having children. Now she continues her work online consulting while being at home with her children.
Education: Master’s in Business (MSBA), Bachelor’s in Science (BSAT), Certifications in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Body Mind Nutrition.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Top fertility tip
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Not an exact transcription, so check out the video for the entire conversation, but here are some of the main points from our talk!
How does TCM and charting go hand in hand?
So many women get hung up on every little temperature fluctuation and trying to figure out what each variable means. This becomes a constant stress int every day charting because it’s a constant reminder that the goal you’re reaching for has not yet been obtained.
My approach is to look at the whole thing together and create a strategy to implement without causing excess stress. You don’t want to bombard yourself on a regular basis with those minute details, it’ll drive you crazy!
Practice charting…but do it and then let it go!
Rianna goes in-depth into a specific chart – make sure you what the video for this!
Tidbits during the chart review:
- Ideal follicular phase and luteal phase is about 12-14 days for each.
- Checking out the tongue! By looking at the tongue you can see which organs may be having problems. This tongue was swollen has a white coating and red tip.
- The symptoms listed in the charts match what the tongue and the temperature variations all point to the same thing.
- 5 phases in Chinese medicine – all five are important to look at
- We can actually change our dietary and lifestyle habits during each phase to optimize each phase. Some recommendations are shown on-screen just before minute 10! (supplements , dietary changes and acupressure points)
Seriously – watch the video here as Rianna really gets into every detail of the basal body charts!
- Alkalizing every day is important. (helps you detox without doing a full-blown cleanse)
- 1/2 cup of juice with filtered water and a pinch of Himalayan salt first thing in the morning.
- 15 minutes of quiet meditation
- Get in your supplements! (Rianna gives her recommendations here)
- Throughout the day, make sure you drink alkaline water (just a pinch of Himalayan salt. Fruit between meals will help to alkalize the body. Foods high in zinc are also important! (menu shown in video 18:00)
- Possible supplementation for anyone trying to get pregnant and for advanced maternal age recommendations given (19:00)
- Analyze your charts over a few months.
- Take three months of dietary and lifestyle changes before conceiving as the egg has a 100 day maturation cycle.
The ocean of our fertility does not dry up, it just becomes still. And with help, it can flow once more.
– Randine Lewis, author of The Infertility Cure
- Femoral massage for bringing blood flow to the ovaries. (shown later in the video at 32:00)
- If you have a short luteal phase it will be difficult to get pregnant.
- Low temperatures you might want to get your thyroid checked out. In TCM it’s connected to a “low spleen energy”.
What are some of the biggest issues you find with women’s charts?
Statistically…there’s a variation of errors. Consistency is hard and there are many variables that can throw temps off slightly, so don’t get consumed about it.
Stress = cortisol production = acidifying the body.
So make sure you chart, but don’t get so wrapped up in it! If you do give up on taking temperature, just don’t give up on writing down your signs and symptoms as they are really important for a holistic practitioner to help you figure out what is going on in each part of your cycle.
Those signs and symptoms as well as the emotions can pin point which organ needs focus.
We also had a great conversation about how you have to be comfortable with your practitioner! (34:00)