Introducing Cycles: A Holistic Guide to the Menstrual Cycle and How to Find Balance Through Each Phase

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If you know me, whether professionally or personally, then you probably know that I love cycles—the seasons, the circadian rhythm, the phases of the moon, the constant flux of yin and yang. I love the evolution of them. They are both a guarantee and a reminder that things are always shifting. As someone who has struggled with the fear behind change and transition (I know, who hasn’t?), this is always a memo I’m happy, or at least willing, to get. 

 As someone who specializes in women’s health, one of the cycles I talk about a lot is the menstrual cycle. In the same vein, it’s also one of the cycles that the average person doesn’t know much about. It’s not our fault. The education has never been there; not when we were kids or teens or even as we grew into adults. It’s only recently that the conversation has begun to shift away from hormonal birth control as a solution to EVERYTHING period related and into education and empowerment. 

 That’s where the inspiration for this ‘zine came from. Sometimes the information we want is ours to seek out on our own., and then we can empower others with what we learn.  This ‘zine includes:

 A breakdown of the four phases of the menstrual cycle from both a Western perspective and an Eastern perspective

  •  How yin and yang play a major role in our reproductive bodies

  •  Herbal allies for each part of your cycle

  •  How to pinpoint which part of your cycle may be out of balance

  •  How and why your energy shifts throughout your cycle and what you can do to support it

  • DIY herbal infusions

 I tell my patients this all the time: your period doesn’t have to be something you dread or fear. PMS doesn’t have to take over your life. Cramps shouldn’t knock out an entire day, or 3 days. You don’t need to isolate yourself from the world leading up to your period in an attempt to not bite anyone’s head off. However, if that’s the case, there is a ton of support and info out there for you., and most of all there is relief. See an acupuncturist, see an herbalist, talk with your girlfriends. You are not alone, I promise you that. 

If this ‘zine interests you, email me at kaylie@hopperacupuncture.com to purchase. $12 each.

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