In this session, we addressed the following questions and topics:

  • Using castor oil packs and blood moving herbs with women who are not bleeding monthly.
  • Reasons for sickness during pregnancy –if it is related to hormonal balance prior to conception.
  • Acupuncture vs. marma therapy for resolving stagnation.
  • Is manjistha an effective blood-moving herb?
  • the role of the liver in hormones/agni/health overall according to TCM, Ayurveda/western herbalism. What about Liver detox?
  • When is śīta vīrya good for vāta? When not?
  • Why is sometimes the female organism described as cooling and others as heating, and same with the male organism?
  • Little discussion on the medicine of subtraction and patience to find the thing that needs to be subtracted.
  • How is insulin affected during menopause?
  • For discussion on soy and phytoestrogens, please read Chapter 24, “The Pros & Cons of Soy” in Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, and the last section in that: “some conclusions about phytoestrogens.”
  • Discipline: When do we need to push ourselves and when not? Difference between discipline and pushing ourselves. The role of satva, rajas and tamas in this.
  • What do we do when we can’t subtract something from our lives that feels like poison—becoming medicine ourselves in that situation. For more on this: part IV in The 4 Qualities of Effective Physicians: “Purity: Are We Medicine or Poison”?
  • What does Ayurveda say about the effect of anger on the body/mind.
  • Why some women experience estrogen deficiency and others more progesterone deficiency. [I didn’t answer this with any insight beyond, if it happens, I would think it is due to constitutional differences or current imbalances.}
  • Brief exploration of the term, “guru”, and the relationship between the guru and student.

In this session, for some reason…quite unknown to me, there is a single image of one beautiful person (not me) for most of the video–until about one hour and 20 minutes in, when we ended the session with a bit of sharing. Apologies to that beautiful person…


These calls were recorded live with Dr. Claudia Welch exclusively for alumni of our Women’s Health & Hormones Part I and Part II online courses.
We intend to offer these Women’s Health Q&A sessions for alumni a couple times yearly, and post those sessions here. Once you are a registered student of one of these courses, you will receive emails letting you know when live calls are scheduled, how to join them, and be invited to submit questions on course content. We hope you find these sessions useful or interesting. Or both. Thank you for being here.

New: Women’s Health & Hormones online course taught by Dr. Welch, with an innovative approach to understanding women’s hormones and health conditions. Designed for everybody, regardless of medical background, from MDs to professionals of Ayurveda or TCM, to anyone interested in women’s health.