Queer Health Resource Guide

Plum Blossom for Hair Loss

Plum blossom therapy is a great alternative to prescription finasteride (which can come with unwanted side effects) and toxic creams and over the counter medications. I love plum blossom therapy, it's gentle and effective for hair loss. It involves using a tiny hammer with light pressure just until slight redness appears. This stimulates circulation to the … Continue reading

Acupuncture, Queer Health Resource Guide

Opening The Four Gates

One of the most common balancing and stress-relieving treatments is called "The Four Gates" and it's just four points: two by your thumbs and two by your big toes.  It seems so simple, but it feels powerful! The 4 gates circulate energy throughout your body, improving your circulation, and releasing pain and stress out of the body. It works … Continue reading

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

For Providers, Queer Health Resource Guide, Transmasculine Health

Acupuncture for Scar Treatment

Why Should We Treat Scars? Scars may not only be cosmetically undesirable, but may also have an impact on the health of the individual. This is especially true for very large scars; scars with abnormal coloration, lumpiness, numbness, tingling, itchiness, heat or cold sensations, achiness or pain, tenderness to touch, and muscle restriction. Such scars and associated adhesions … 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, Transmasculine Health

The Masculinizing 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 who can use this information as part of a holistic diet tailored to client's constitutions. It … 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