Treating Summer Heat

It's summer here in Austin, Texas and it's hot. DAMN HOT! Stuck halfway between the gulf and the plains, we don't have the crazy humidity of the deep South, but it's no desert either. It's humid enough where you never actually feel dry when you towel off after a dip in Barton Springs. It's a humidity that clings, but doesn't quite oppress. 


This week my patients are coming in feeling heavy bodied, fatigued, and can't quite concentrate. That's why I'm finding myself adding Transform to a lot of treatment plans these days. While most folks think of Transform as the go to formula to drain heat from the lower jiao (think yeast infections, UTI's, external yeast, or thrush), it's also really good for summer heat.

Since Transform isn't really a constitutional formula, it should really only take a few days to get a good result. If your patients are feeling fatigued, foggy headed, over heated, vertigo or dizziness, or digestive issues like bloating, fullness, or diarrhea, try a few days of Transform and get them back on track before continuing your regular treatment!

Case Study: An Unusual Case of Premature Ovarian Failure

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Why Translating TCM is Key To Your Clinical Success

We've all been there — you're trying to explain to your patient why their green smoothie diet isn't really all that good for them, and you end up starting with "So in Chinese medicine we believe in the energetics of the yin and the yang..." As you continue, you watch your patient's eyes slowly glaze over as they start to wonder what the heck they're doing with this crazy woo-woo new age crystal slinging healer in front of them. Just like that, they're lost.

It took me a while to figure it out, but while a lot of our patients are interested in TCM and even the philosophies that underpin it, most of them don't really want, or need, to understand it. They want to know what's wrong with them, and they want to know it in a way that's familiar. 

I find that I get my best clinical results when I can get a patient on board with my treatment plan, and that means that they need to 1) understand what we're trying to accomplish and 2) believe that it will make a difference. In my experience, neither of those things happen until I translate TCM. 

Here's a few strategies for translating TCM that I find have worked particularly well:

Talking about organ systems

No matter how much we think it's cool, most people don't want to hear that their liver is stagnant or that their spleen is deficient. What does that even mean? Instead of talking about TCM organ systems, I like to to talk about their allopathic counterparts. A deficient spleen, that just means that your digestion isn't as effective as it could be. A stagnant liver means that stress is affecting your body's ability to produce and metabolize hormones. That deficient kidney is a hormonal imbalance. By understanding and communicating the allopathic effects of organ system issues, we give our patients something they can relate to, even something they can go home and explain to their partner (which means that now their partner can get on board as well). 

Qi, blood, yin, and yang

These can be just a confusing for patients, but they're really easy to explain in a way that everyone can understand. Qi is just energy, it's ATP, it's the very basic cellular stuff our body needs to stay alive, change, adapt, heal, grow and thrive. Most people can totally understand this, especially because everyone knows that they feel energetic or not. I always tell patients that they have a bank account of energy that has a finite balance. We need to put more in than we take out, and when we take out too much, we overdraw, and that's when things start breaking down. 

Blood is similar. Blood is basically just a measure of the circulating nutrition available to our body. When our food is broken down, the nutrients need to be distributed to muscles and organs and this happens through the blood. This means that it's not just what you eat, but what you can digest, that matters. 

Finally, I've found that it's best to talk about yin and yang as a balance of hormones. With fertility, it's pretty easy to do. FSH is the yang component, E2 is yin, etc... If you look at the energetic effects of any hormone or drug, it's really easy to place them in yin or yang categories. BBT is also your best friend here.

I know this is a super quick explanation. Ultimately, I believe that everyone needs to find their own way of relating TCM to their patients. Hopefully, this is just a little bit of a starting point for you. If there's something that you're really struggling with translating, let us know in the comments and we'll see if we can't give you a few tips!

The big picture

Translating TCM isn't just important for your patients, it's important for our whole profession. The more we can talk about what we know, and not sound like total whack-a-doos, the more seriously we'll be taken. I know that this is fundamentally unfair, and that it seems like we're turning our back on tradition, but if we want TCM to continue to thrive, it's important that people understand what we're about. Ultimately, people can't trust you until they understand you.

We've had the great opportunity to write a couple of pieces for MINDBODYGREEN and GOOP over the last year or so (no, we didn't get to meet Gwyneth ;) ). It's our hope that by translating TCM, we can ultimately help our profession to grow and develop, creating new opportunities to help others. Check out the pieces above if you're interested in how we talk about TCM with wider public audiences, and let us know about your approach to translating TCM down in the comments. 


Rob Krassowski

Rob brings years of clinical and research experience to Conceivable’s product strategy initiatives. Formally trained as an acupuncturist and herbalist in both the US and China, Rob holds a Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University, the nation’s leading university for natural health sciences. He is also a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). Providing wellness counselling and adjunctive care for women trying to get pregnant, both naturally and through advanced interventions like IVF, Rob has helped hundreds of couples achieve their goal of starting a family.

How We Almost DOUBLED Our New Patient Conversions With One Easy Trick

Coming at you with a video blog this week! I wanted to share this two minute video with you to show you how I almost DOUBLED the number of people we convert from folks just asking for information to real patients walking in the door. All it took was one easy trick! 


If you give this trick a try, we'd love to know how it works for you! Give us an update in the comments below!

Mastering Women's Health: The Only Six Formulas You Need

Whether you're just starting out in clinical practice, or have been seeing patients for 20 years, sometimes women's health can feel really intimidating. It's almost like there's this mystique that you have to understand some ancient and arcane moon magic to be an effective clinician for the women in your practice. I get it, these cases can be really complex!

I'm also here to tell you that it doesn't have to be hard. You don't have to understand moon revolutions, or memorize a thousand different formulas to be a really, REALLY effective clinician. In fact, I think you can treat upwards of 80% of your cases with just six simple formulas. 

I recently did a webinar on called Mastering Women's Heath — The Only Six Formulas You Need and How To Use Them. I know not everyone could come hang out with us on a Thursday night, so I wanted to make it available here for you to check out anytime. If you're interested in learning more about how the Conceivable system works, or if you've been using our system and still have questions, I think this will be a GREAT video for you to check out. Let us know what you think in the comments! 

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