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Shiroko Sokitch, MD

Perimenopause and Sleep

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Many women struggle with sleep at various times throughout their lives. After childbirth, during peri-menopause, or after menopause would be the times when you might experience more problems. Problems vary from not being able to fall asleep, waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep, to not being able to sleep at all.  There are several main reasons for these sleep problems: The hormone progesterone. As you go into peri-menopause, during your periods, your progesterone starts to become naturally lower. Progesterone acts as a sort of sedative. It helps you sleep…

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Perimenopause and Hot Flashes

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Today I’m going to talk about hot flashes and about how they can make you crazy! In peri-menopause hot flashes will often start right before your period. You may not experience them at all during most of the month or you may have a few intermittently in the middle of the night.  As you get closer to menopause you may start to experience them more often. The reason you have hot flashes is not just that the estrogen in your body goes out of balance. There is a group of chemicals called “catecholamines” that is also connected to hot flashes….

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Perimenopause and Irritability

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One of the more common symptoms of early perimenopause is irritability.  Prevalent in the early stages of peri-menopause, it can happen even when you’re in your early twenties. Maybe you’re just more cranky than usual, or you feel like your partner or coworkers just can’t do anything right, or might feel like you’re going to explode with anger. I remember in my early 40s this happened to me. For about 5 days before my period, my partner just couldn’t do anything right. The Flow Of Energy In Traditional Chinese Medicine the liver rules the smooth flow of energy in your…

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Perimenopause: The Beginning of Your Metamorphosis

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This month, we will be talking about Peri-menopause and it’s myriad symptoms. Peri-menopause begins several years before menopause and is the process of your body’s hormones transitioning towards menopause. You’re not necessarily going to stop having periods, as it may be years before that happens, but it’s the time when your hormones begin to shift. The age range for peri-menopause is usually around age 35 to 55. You may begin to experience symptoms as early as your mid-30s. By definition, you will not be in “menopause” until you haven’t had a period for a year.A lot of women think that…

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Love is Your Healing Superpower!

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My patient Adam had been in a severe car accident when he was young. He nearly died of his injuries and spent several months in intensive care. He attributes his miraculous healing to the love of his friends and family who came to the hospital every day. They spent hours at his bedside, talking to him, and holding his hand. Even when he wasn’t conscious, he was aware that they were there. Love is your healing superpower. For all of us. You have the ability to learn how to use it, to draw upon it, and to have it become…

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The Healing Power Of Love

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Have you ever noticed that when you’re in love, everything feels good? Your body feels great. Emotionally, you can’t be stopped. Even the usual stressors at work or at home don’t get you down. It’s almost as if love gives you superpowers! Whether it’s romantic love, love for friends, love for a child, or even love for a stranger, our world feels brighter, happier, and more available to us when we are experiencing love. We feel alive! If you think about it, every great mythical quest throughout time—from Homer’s Odyssey to the story of Superman—begins and ends with love. Love…

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How To Care for your Nervous System

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In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are most prevalent in winter, which I’ve already told you about. One of the things that kidneys rule is the nervous system because they regulate your physical brain. This means all the neurotransmitters, and all the chemicals your brain produces. In winter, you might be more prone to having feelings like depression or anxiety – symptoms that you might not always have at other times of the year. You may feel more easily exhausted and overwhelmed, especially if you already have a tendency to feel overwhelmed. It’s interesting that the holidays are often times where…

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How to Detox in Winter

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I’ve been practicing Chinese medicine for over 25 years, and one of the things that I love is that it’s all about the idea of keeping in balance and staying in tune with your body. Each organ has a time of year, a time of day when it is most active, and many additional actions besides what we understand in the West. Living according to the seasons with your organs in mind is a great way to stay in balance. Starting in mid-December we move into the “kidney” time of year. Kidneys are the source of your energy or “essence”….

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Happy Holidays

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This is the week of holidays – and I just want to say that I love you and thank you for being in my life. I am so grateful to have the work that I have, to get to fulfill my destiny on this earth, and that destiny is to help people heal. Because of you, I get to do that every single day, so thank you so much. I want to wish you the warmest, loving amazing holiday season, wherever you are in the world. I wish you healing if you’re struggling with an ailment. I am sending my…

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6 Ways to be Generous During the Holidays

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As the holidays approach, we think of all the gifts that we want to get for others. Shopping, running around, thinking what might be special for that loved one, it’s often stressful trying to find just the right thing. You could easily feel overwhelmed. Sometimes you might begin to feel that you’re giving too much to others, and don’t have anything left for yourself.  Especially during this time of year, you can feel an emptiness or possibly a sense of meaninglessness. As humans, we are designed to love, to be kind and to be generous with one another. If you’re…

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