Tanya Smith

Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Cultivate the soil before planting the seed

Category: Pregnancy

What your period tells you about your fertility

Unless your period is very uncomfortable or very unpredictable, you have likely not paid it too much mind beyond "taking care of business" each month.

Little did you know, your body is giving you a monthly status report! There is so much you can learn from your period if you know how to interpret it. Your period can be an essential gauge of your reproductive health!


What is normal anyway?

A healthy period is regular, coming every 26-34 days, arrives with full flow of red blood and lasts for 2-3...

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Ugh, Morning Sickness…

Why medication may not be the best choice and what to do instead


It's awful to see people in early pregnancy struggling with nausea and vomiting. Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP), often termed pregnancy sickness, occurs in the first trimester in up to 80% of pregnancies (Gadsby et al., 1993). Symptoms range from mild nausea (often accompanied by aversions to certain foods) to frequent vomiting and hyperemesis.

Clearly it is a significant issue for pregnant women, but the reason for pregnancy sickness is not well understood and there is no reliable treatment for it.

Health care professionals...

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An answer to “What can I do??”

There is not a lot of peace in my heart these days. I am feeling the turmoil of the world around me, the swirling bath of anxiety, anger, frustration, hatred, misunderstanding, grief and despair.

For days, I have been sitting with the question, "What do I do?"

And then, in an email, the answer came. An advanced course on treating insomnia, anxiety and depression with acupuncture. Yes!! A way I can help.

I took that course today and as I listened, I couldn't stop imagining all of the different people that would benefit from...

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More Qi means Better Fertility

My top 3 D-I-Y strategies for boosting your fertility

Boosting your Qi or life force energy is often one of the aims of acupuncture and herbal treatment. However, there are things you can do on your own everyday to build your Qi!

The food you eat and the water you drink are broken down by your digestive system. The nutritious parts of your food come together with the air you breathe and Qi or energy is made.


You are where you are


You are constantly bringing your immediate environment into your body this...

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Do you really need to read pregnancy books?

Many of my clients balk at the idea of pregnancy books, saying that reading about it is not going to change anything anyway. They'll have a baby if they read them or if the don't!

Or they're worried that the books are going to stress them out and they're already stressed out with all of the stuff to buy and the foods to not eat and the constant barrage of advice and advertising aimed at pregnant women.

Which is why I wrote this post. I want to simplify the choices (only the...

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