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My new site: Effortless Fertility

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I’m very happy to announce my new website and service, Effortless Fertility at EffortlessFertility.com

Because of the way that I work, “receiving fertility treatment” is not burdonsome, painful, intrusive or blaming of either partner. The treatment has no side effects, the “counselling” is all about finding your own peace and wellbeing, and there are no laborious tests or charting required of either partner.

The approaches that I take and my clinical decision-making and guidance are very specific and have come about through my intensive and ongoing study and practice. But for you, it feels effortless – hence the name, Effortless Fertility!

Please visit the new site to listen to the audio recordings, and email me to keep in touch with updates when new recordings, articles and other resources are added.

 

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Sperm health for fertility

Sperm health

Chinese medicine is very helpful for men as part of fertility treatment.

Because up to 50% of infertility cases can involve male factors, it’s very important for both partners to ensure they are receiving the best possible treatment.

 

What is a good test result?

On the Men’s Health section of the website, I have listed the optimum test results for sperm health.  These are probably higher than what can be considered “normal” on a sperm test. The reason is that the higher results come from a study that examined fathers who had naturally conceived a baby over the past two years.

Some sperm test parameters are checking whether sperm are adequate for IVF or for ICSI (where sperm is injected into the egg) – not for natural fertility. It’s important to check with your doctor which “normal” reference ranges they are using in their tests.

Even if you are planning to do IVF (for example, due to tube problems), it’s still very important to make sure that the sperm that will meet your partner’s egg and create your child are actually healthy.

 

Chinese medicine for sperm health

Research suggests acupuncture is a helpful, safe and non-invasive treatment for several sperm health issues.

Hunyuan Chinese medicine is an excellent treatment for sperm health. In Hunyuan medicine we understand that both sperm and egg are produced from the very centre of a person’s life – it is how life continues and propagates throughout time, from one generation to the next.

By receiving treatment to invigorate sperm, the man receives treatment to invigorate his life – becoming healthier and stronger overall. In Hunyuan medicine there is no such thing as “unwanted side effects”. The treatment addresses the whole person, and the whole person becomes healthier.

 

Lifestyle factors for sperm health

Diet

Focus on having a variety of fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables as the basis of your diet. If you are already eating this way, then try to source organic varieties as much as possible, to reduce exposure to pesticides.

Have only small amounts of animal protein and all animal products should be organic as pesticides can become concentrated as they move through the food chain. If having grains then whole grains are much better than refined white flours and breads. Try to avoid packaged foods and fast food.

 

Sex and relationship

The fertility journey can easily lead to sex becoming mechanical, or a chore. The hormones of passion and enjoyment are beneficial for sperm health!

Female partners are usually best not to discuss the details of ovulation and their menstrual cycle with their partner – save these conversations to have with friends or health care providers. The male’s role is to appreciate and admire his partner, creating new life through joy and love!

 

Work, rest and play

Work stress, prolonged exposure to Wifi and other electrical signals, sedentary lifestyle – these factors reduce the way that life connects with the body and therefore reduce sperm vigour.

Although it’s easier said than done in some cases, try to put boundaries around work – make sure you’re exercising every day, doing something you enjoy.

Try to reduce long working days and/or work calls late at night. Turn off your work email (and phone if possible) when at home.

Think long-term about your quality of life – your ability to enjoy your life rather than a certain level of material gain – and balance this against what it means to you to be successful in your work. Look for a variety of definitions of success that don’t rely on over-working to achieve them. For example, success in your relationship, your friendships, your family relations, hobbies, sports, creative pursuits etc.

 

Questions

If you have any questions about how Chinese medicine can help you then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding the extraordinary within the ordinary

 

See article “in-shine” for introduction to Liu Yuan

 

Dr Seidman, founder of Hunyuan Research Institute, has released the first in a series of translations of Liu Yuan’s teachings on the heart method and heaven nature.

Su Yan (Customary Words) is a teaching for the everyday person. Liu Yuan teaches through examples that are familar to people in their daily lives – relationships with parents, studying, loyalty to leadership, raising well-adjusted children and so on. These are issues that we all encounter and, by finding the proper measure in each situation in our daily life, we discover the path to becoming fully human – engaged, connected, committed and supported by the deeper principle – “heaven nature”.

While loyalty to the monarch may have been relevant to the common person several hundred years ago, nowadays we can apply this same principle to our relationship with any authority figures to help us to tune in to the deeper principle and ask ourselves what is the most beneficial action. Other examples in this book are more timeless in nature – how to maintain the right relationship with our parents, children, siblings and peers so that the “kind heart of heaven nature” flows through and supports our daily activities and nutures those around us, including ourselves.

With commentary by Dr Seidman to help the modern reader make the most of the text, this text is a treasure to read and re-read, to contemplate and discover.

E-book available from Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/l/cwords#

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Online course – The deeper principle of birthing

Hunyuan Birth Series

For mothers – live, online classes

 

Join Tristin McLaren – Licensed Acupuncturist, Childbirth Educator and Certified Hunyuan Practitioner – for a unique insight into the deeper principles of life, conception, unification/separation and spirit connection, and how this understanding can greatly enhance the birthing experience.

 

Offered as three two-hour classes or a single six-hour intensive, these classes will bring you into a deeper contemplation of life and birthing, helping you to move and act from a place of inner confidence.

 

For bookings and enquiries please head to the Bird and Bee site: http://www.birdandbeeacupuncture.com/childbirth-education.html

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The new year – Southern hemisphere style

 

The Northern hemisphere new year is in the middle of darkness, stillness and cold – candles are lit, warm food and drinks are taken, and from this introspective setting, people can imagine the emerging of new beginnings in spring.

In Australia? Long warm days, markets bursting with seasonal fruit, social gatherings that linger into the evenings, summer holidays of unwinding and restoring energy, celebrating the good life.

Whereas new year in the Northern hemisphere is about dreaming the new beginnings of things, or starting over, in the South it is more about seeing what we have and appreciating it, being grateful for the bountiful harvest.

With gratitude, our hearts naturally desire less. Being grateful for all that we have, we can resolve to cherish our good fortune. With fewer desires and full hearts, we can see just the right move that comes next – and resolve to do that one simple thing.

 

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in-shine

 

 

We are taught to always aim to out-shine others – rated and ranked and praised and awarded throughout childhood and schooling, and into the workplace – getting ahead and rising to the top, keeping up with the Joneses and all the rest. And if we can’t outshine then we are left in the shadows.

Think about it, this naturally leads to a feeling of isolation for anyone playing by such rules.

Human happiness is based on connection and trust.

Does it make sense to try to out-shine?

We can turn this around – and aim to “in-shine”. All of us are formed from the same “heaven principle”. Within each person, completely intact and unable to be harmed, is innate wisdom and universal love – connection is something we can never lose, only lose sight of.

When we change our story about the outside world, that it’s something to fear or conquer, and start to appreciate the natural goodness within ourselves and within others, then the world becomes our garden. Weeding and watering, tending and caring, it is a bountiful place for us all to enjoy.

Liu Yuan, philosopher and physician of the Qing dynasty, taught that the universe’s nature is heaven principle, expressing as both stillness and movement. When combined, all things are formed by this dual nature – stillness is the appearance of form and movement is form’s changing nature. Living things have movement, but even non-living things like rocks will change with time. But even though it has this dual expression, heaven principle itself is one – constant, unchanging.

This heaven principle is at the centre of life and when we experience it, it feels vast and gentle, it is kindness, warmth and generosity. Liu Yuan says, “the kind heart of heaven principle”. Upon conception, we are this pure heaven principle of the universe – pure stillness and pure movement – this is the “true nature” of the human being. Liu Yuan taught that by engaging in daily affairs with the proper measure, we can get closer to this “true nature” that is the basis of human life.

What is the proper measure?

Upon birth, we need to connect to material things like food, water, air and other humans, so that our life in the world is supported. To move us towards material things we have the human heart, with desires and aversions, likes and dislikes. If we take steps to support our life, this is proper – enough food, shelter, sleep and so on. Relationships are also essential to human life. If we respect and care for those around us, especially those closest to us, then this is the proper measure in human relationships. When everyone can respect and care for others, this is a world that functions abundantly well.

However, the only person’s respect and care that we can control is our own. So this is where we look within and ask ourselves in each moment, am I doing my best here to act with respect and care. When we can do it, we notice that this allows goodness in others to naturally take place – the heaven principle within each person fostering goodness in the world. Liu Yuan’s expression for this is “first cultivate oneself, then go about cultivating others”. “Cultivating others”, then, is tending the garden of the world.

Sydney Banks teaches something similar, that the formless principle, basis of all things, is universal – this aspect of human reality he called “mind”. Our capacity to experience this is called “consciousness”. What we experience is called “thought”. Our human reality is one principle with these three aspects – everything that is experienced is done so through mind, consciousness and thought.

Feeling is the way that we can understand what quality of thought we are experiencing in any given moment. If I’m feeling at peace, expansive, generous and loving then this is the universal nature of mind – wisdom – creating my experience. If I’m feeling tense, judgemental, bitter, agitated or any other low state then this is an infallible indicator that I’m caught in a personal reaction, personal thinking about the situation.

Good states and not-so-good states move through us all the time, like the weather. If I hold onto a low state and try to “fix” it, or react to things from that low state, then mostly what will happen is I’ll just prolong it, causing more obstructions. On the other hand if I can accept that there’s a low state moving through, a “low pressure cell”, then of its own accord it will eventually pass.

Without noticing it, in the next moment I may feel a little lighter, or even have a moment of clarity – this is the power of wisdom. It is always operating, at a level deeper than the ups and downs. By letting personal thinking just go up and down, because that’s what it’s going to do anyway, and realising that we all have moments of insight where our innate wisdom shows up, naturally and spontaneously, then we can take our moods – and our judgements of the world through those moods – a little less seriously. When we can do this, wisdom has a greater chance to show up.

This universal wisdom is the very core of our nature, every one of us. When we relax our reactions and judgements, then it can shine – like the sun that’s always there, behind the clouds that come and go.

“Out-shining” others means being separate and distant, failing to “out-shine” means being in shadow. “In-shining” with others means seeking this true nature that is within, acknowledging that it’s within everyone. If I can experience my own wisdom then I have compassion for everyone else who is struggling with their personal thinking too. From this compassion naturally comes respect. Understanding how fallible we all are, the natural response is to care.

In the words of Liu Yuan, first cultivate oneself and then help to cultivate others. In-shining, valuing the wisdom within, we see it in others, and it grows. Water and sunshine, weeding and caring, we all tend the garden of life together.

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Red and processed meat – cancer, health and fertility

 

Evidence has been building for some time linking consumption of animal protein, and red meat in particular, to negative health outcomes such as increased risk of type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke.

A recent review by the cancer branch of the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicates that processed meats in particular pose a significant risk and should be considered carcinogenic (bacon, lunch meats etc). They concluded that ordinary ie unprocessed red meat is probably carcinogenic, with increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

Harvard Chan School of Public Health released a review study in 2012 citing evidence from two large-scale longitudinal studies linking red and processed meats to adverse health outcomes as above, and recommending replacing protein from red meat with other sources such as:

Nuts (19%)
Poultry (14%)
Whole grains (14%)
Legumes (10%)
Low-fat dairy (10%)*
Fish (7%)

The numbers in parentheses () above indicate the estimated reduced risk from using these protein sources as compared with red or processed meat.

 

Diet and fertility

* For optimising fertility, studies suggest whole milk rather than low-fat milk

The diet recommendations for general good health and prevention of chronic diseases such as those listed above tend to match quite closely with advice for optimising fertility (see below – what is a good diet).

The way I look at this is that it’s not a coincidence:

  1. When the body is working harmoniously, the intelligence of nature is in place to re-create this optimum state via procreation
  2. When the body is working harmoniously, all of the intricate and inter-related systems of the body work in a self-supporting manner, allowing us to reach our full lifespan’s potential
  3. Making changes to “get pregnant” should not be the point. Diet and lifestyle measures that sustain life grant you both 1. and 2. above. You can procreate – create new life, and you can enjoy your family into your old age. It’s very well worth taking on these measures wholeheartedly and enjoying the feeling of living well. It is a gift to you and to your children.

 

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How to start

There are plenty of delicious recipes available online, from vegetarian-only sites to others such as Teresa Cutter Healthy Chef. If you find a site you like, remember to bookmark it so you can return for new ideas – some will let you sign up to receive fresh recipes to keep you inspired. Many sites such as AllRecipes, Taste or BBC Good Food will let you search for vegetarian options or by specific ingredient.

The team at Harvard recommends consuming red meat as you would lobster – just for special occasions, a couple of times per year.

 

What about iron?

One of the mechanisms of red meat and risk of disease could be haem iron. For a description of the way the body handles haem iron versus non-haem iron (animal vs plant sources), see the Huntly Centre article on Iron. The body’s regulating mechanisms to keep iron levels within safe limits are much more sensitive to non-haem (plant) iron than haem (animal) iron. This article will also help you identify plentiful sources of iron, often the biggest worry for people who are reducing their meat intake.

 

What about B12?

Vitamin B12 is essential for health and is needed in very small amounts in the human body. It is produced by bacteria, and from there makes its way into certain foods. While meat, fish and poultry are good sources of B12, it is also available in eggs and dairy. For those following a vegan diet (no animal foods), fortified foods are available, such as cereals fortified with B12. This, however, is still a processed food. A better option is savoury yeast/ nutritional yeast, which is a natural whole food high in certain B vitamins and Lotus brand Savoury Yeast Flakes is grown with B12-generating organisms, a good dietary source of B12. Vegans can also supplement with B12  – on an optimal diet and with normal health, this is the only supplement needed by vegans.

 

What about my energy?

People who cut down on meat intake often feel as though their energy levels drop. There can be a period of adjustment as your body switches on the systems that gather life energy from a primarily plant-based diet. The feeling of living with a plant-focused diet is lightness, and this lightness can be an unfamiliar feeling – lacking a familiar heaviness associated with high meat intake, people can sometimes think they are feeling light-headed or tired.

If tiredness continues, however, this is an indication that the body needs help “recharging”. This is a crucial aspect of how we connect to life, maintaining the flow of life energy and material into and out of the body. The Hunyuan form of Chinese medicine is ideal for recalibrating our “recharging instrument” so that we sleep soundly, wake refreshed and have ample energy throughout the day, feeling clear and calm.

 

So what is a “good diet”?

It’s low-tech and simple: a plant-based, whole-food diet.

Plant-based means loads of fruit and veggies as the bulk of each meal, with lots of colour (varied colour means you’ll be getting a good spread of micronutrients).

Whole-food means as close to its natural state as possible. If it could grow, you’re on the right path – for example, you could plant a tomato and get some seedlings but you couldn’t get this from a tinned tomato. You could plant brown rice and get shoots but you couldn’t get the same from white rice (as the germ/seed has been removed). Get your oils from seeds, nuts and avocado (and whole-milk dairy if you choose) rather than adding oils and fats.

Whole-food is the opposite of processed food. For an eye-opening account of the food processing industry, see this article from the Huntly Centre. Also from the Huntly Centre, the human’s anatomical features that strongly suggest we are configured for a plant-based diet and explanation of the meat-colorectal cancer relationship.

Eat to Live is a great book that outlines the nutrient-dense plant-based diet and how it supports optimal health.

Remember the food pyramid, with bread and grains at the bottom? Nutrition organisations throughout the world are slowly revising this image, based on decades of mounting evidence. See the revised Healthy Eating Pyramid below from Nutrition Australia – click the image to go to their site for further information.

 

Healthy Eating Pyramid | Nutrition Australia

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Fertility talk in New York | 7th Dec

If you have friends or family in or near New York city, please let them know about this upcoming talk at New Hope Fertility Center on Mon 7th December:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nhfc-talks-holistic-fertility-treatment-101-tickets-19547000605

The talk introduces the Hunyuan Fertility Method, including how to increase your chances of pregnancy and increase egg quality naturally.

 

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Hunyuan e-books now available

 

 

Hunyuan books are now available in e-book format at deep discount for a limited time. Prices shown are in US dollars.

https://gumroad.com/yaronseidman

 

For Chinese medicine practitioners

Translations of rare and pivotal articles and books showing the shaping of modern TCM in the 20th century:
Chinese Medicine Liberation: Inner Documents $49.95 (retail $189.95)

 

For health practitioners of all modalities

An exploration of “The Heart of Medicine”, the deep practice of working from Centre:
Hunyuan Xinfa: Special Edition $49.95 (retail $170)
Hunyuan Xinfa: Physician Edition $29.95 (retail $120)
Hunyuan Xinfa Ledger $4.95 (retail $24.95)

 

For everyone, including health practitioners

Going deep to examine the root of life and, therefore, creation of new life:
Hunyuan Fertility: Conception, Babies and Miracles $4.95 (retail $19.95)

 

Hunyuan e-books

 

To order your e-book, visit

https://gumroad.com/yaronseidman

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Book release: Chinese Medicine Liberation

Australian practitioners of Chinese medicine – “Chinese Medicine Liberation: Inner Documents” is now available for $250 (incl. GST and shipping).




 

 

Chinese Medicine Liberation: Inner Documents

By Yaron Seidman, Zac Patterson & Lois Nethery

Join us for a detailed exploration of Chinese medicine’s transformation during the 20th century in China.

Using original materials – letters, articles, books, announcements and official documents – with commentary from the book’s principal author to guide the reader, together we can explore how political and practical pressures influenced Chinese medicine education and clinical perspectives.

The narrative begins at the end of the Qing dynasty and the rise of the Republic, when the government and public encountered Western scientific medicine and its many impressive achievements. In the 1930s, a time of relative political freedom, we can see practitioners grapple with the pros and cons of Chinese vs Western medicine in the “Great Debates”. As time goes by, however, and the pressures of health care provision under Communist rule become more intense, the debates become stifled and ideological and pragmatic pressures determine the way that Chinese and Western medicine are combined and altered in order to meet the country’s significant health needs.

This book is a valuable resource that will help contemporary practitioners of Chinese medicine to assess the various decisions that shaped Chinese medicine last century, in order to better decide how we can develop the essence of Chinese medicine into the future.

Written by practitioners, for practitioners, this book is not simply a historical account but rather a starting place for us to join together and discuss the important issues that will ensure a sound future for our profession.

 

FREE PDF

Yaron Seidman

Dr Yaron Seidman

 

Please head over to the website to download a free PDF of bonus articles from the 1930s with commentary from the book’s author, Dr Yaron Seidman: chineseclassics.org/liberation.html

At the website you can also view the preface, foreword and table of contents. Hard cover 989 pages , 7x10inches

Please share with your friends!

chineseclassics.org/liberation.html

 

Update Nov 2015 – Chinese Medicine Liberation reviewed in the Journal of Chinese Medicine (UK): JCMReviews.

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