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I'm an acupuncturist, teacher, fertility specialist, patient centered advocate, mom, activist and more! This blog is a place for me to write down the things on my mind, the things I discuss over and over, and the things I find helpful, interesting, and inspiring all in the hope that someone else out there, maybe YOU, will find some of these things to be helpful, interesting and inspiring too. I love learning, I love sharing, and I am passionate about helping others lead more balanced, fertile, and healthy lives - while trying to do the same myself. So here goes... The Blogging Life...


Crying and Tears - Hurrah!

Those who know me know I love a good cry!  I am moved to tears by so many touching, beautiful things and I really LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a little sob fest. If you could use a little cleansing cry, check out some of the videos on the Tiny Buddha Blog. It's one of my favorite blogs for lots of reasons, but the videos are love-el-ly!  

And since I'm on the topic of crying (and I'm sure you're dying to know more!). I did an entire project while I was getting my Master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine on the TCM purpose and source of tears. They are a powerful release and help the body become less stuck and more balanced!  And if you know I love a good cry you also probably know I love me some western research backing up what TCM has said for thousands of years...

Here's an excerpt from an article about tears in Psychology Today

Biochemist and “tear expert” Dr. William Frey at the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis discovered that reflex tears are 98% water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying. After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and “feel-good” hormones.”

AWESOME!  I'm going to go watch a sappy video now :)


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