For Providers, Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health, Transmasculine Health

Treating Post-Surgical Constipation

photo credit: Practical Cures on flickr CC Constipation is extremely common post-surgery, especially in combination with constipating pain killers, less physical activity, and irregular fluid and food intake. Often a bowel movement is required before a hospital will let a patient go home, so encouraging this process is especially beneficial to get you home sooner. … Continue reading

Acupuncture, For Providers, Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health, Transmasculine Health

Article Published in CJOM: Making Clinics Trans-Inclusive

I'm so honored to have had my article (First Steps Towards Making Your Clinic Trans-Inclusive) recently published in the California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM), a semiannual peer-reviewed publication of the California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA). My hope is that this article will help other practitioners to start making their clinics more trans, queer, and … Continue reading

Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health

Herbal Trio for MTF Breast Development

Herbal estrogens can be used: if you don't want to use hormones or undergo surgery, but still want to create physical changes in your body. after being on synthetic hormones for many years to maintain the changes that you have made without the side effects of continued synthetic hormone use. to compliment your synthetic hormone … Continue reading

Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health

The Feminizing Diet

This is a follow-up post to my post, "Nutritional Guidelines for Transgender Patients." See the original post here. This article is an excerpt from my research paper, "Nutritional Guidelines for Transgender Patients," which was written for practitioners of TCM to create holistic diets tailored to clients' constitutions. It is not intended to function as medical … Continue reading

Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health, Transmasculine Health

Nutrition for Transitioning

This article is an excerpt from my research paper, "Nutritional Guidelines for Transgender Patients." It is not intended to function as medical advice. Before beginning or changing your diet, always consult a healthcare provider. To schedule an appointment with Katrina, click here. Nutrition is an important part of Chinese Medicine that should not be overlooked … Continue reading

Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health, Transmasculine Health

The Soy Controversy

"Women consuming the equivalent of two cups of soy milk per day provides the estrogenic equivalent of one birth control pill... men who consumed the equivalent of one cup of soy milk per day had a 50% lower sperm count than men who didn’t eat soy. -Chris Kresser's Paleo Code Soy is often touted as … Continue reading

Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health

Estrogen and Blood Clot Risk in Trans Women

Estrogen produced by the body lowers blood concentrations of several clotting factors and speeds the rate at which clots dissolve. Estrogen also suppresses production of a factor which is involved in enlarging the size of a clot, and is also beneficial to cholesterol levels. (This may be why cisgender men are about 18% more likely … Continue reading

Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health

Herbs for Transitioning: Feminizing Herbs

This is a follow-up post to "The Basics." Also see the transmasculine post here. Hormones and surgery can be expensive or not accessible. Herbs can also be used if you don’t want to use hormones or undergo surgery, but still want to create physical changes in your body, or after being on synthetic hormones for … Continue reading

Queer Health Resource Guide, Transfeminine Health, Transmasculine Health

Herbs for Transitioning: The Basics

Herbs can be used for many aspects of transitioning: transitioning with herbs alone, switching from synthetic hormones to herbs to maintain secondary sex characteristics, and supporting the body with herbs and nutrition to counteract side effects of synthetic hormones. For information on estrogen and progesterone supportive herbs, check out my follow-up article on Feminizing Herbs … Continue reading