Thursday, April 16, 2015

Acupuncture and Shoni-Shin for Children in Santa Rosa, CA

Having my own child as well as having success practicing on women with fertility issues has naturally led me to an interest in pediatric acupuncture. Also, as an acupuncturist I noticed when I had a young patient, even one who was already an adolescent, they responded to treatment more quickly than an adult. This was a fulfilling experience feeling that in a few short weeks of treatment I may have improved the child's health for life. I helped one teen with menstrual cramps, for example, and wondered about my 30 something year old patient with extreme monthly pain, what her life would have been like if she'd come for treatment at 15.

So it may sound great in theory, but if your child is suffering from something you may be concerned about the acupuncture needles and have fears about your child not liking it. Although this is a valid concern, my experience has been that most young children find these needles much more comfortable than the ones used for shots at the doctor's and come back happily to my office without aversion. Here is a video of a happy baby getting acupuncture. I was there at this pediatric acupuncture class when this was filmed so I can attest that it is the real, unedited experience of the young one.

In addition the fact that my feisty and willful three year old boy will request acupuncture and keep his needle in for up to half an hour speaks volumes. He knows it helps his body feel better and was surprised at his first treatment telling me "That didn't even hurt." Besides if a child really does not want to needles or "taps" as I refer to them for kids, I can use non insertion techniques like micro-current and Shoni Shin which are tools to stimulate the acupuncture channels and bring about healing without breaking the skin. I find I can get good results with these tools as well as acupuncture, it just depends on the sensitivity of the child and their needs.

To learn more about acupuncture for children or to schedule an appointment visit: or call (707) 775-8311

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easy Labor Protocol for Pregnant Women in Santa Rosa, Ca

Although I have enough experience with labor induction through acupuncture to know that it is usually quite helpful, my sense and what I have learned through the experts is that it is not the ideal way to prepare the body for a smooth and easy labor. I liken the process of labor induction to giving the body a big push so that the baby can come out. My easy labor protocol, however, is a process that takes place from week 22 of pregnancy onward that slowly and gently strengthens the uterus and the woman's blood and energy and softens/ripens her cervix, so that when the due date window arrives she can easily and naturally deliver her baby without a lot intervention needed at that point.

The easy labor protocol consists of 6-8 treatments at pivotal intervals in her pregnancy in which direct moxabustion (a therapy involving burning mugwort) is applied on a special point on the woman's leg that brings energy the uterus. I usually combine this protocol with constitutional acupuncture to deal with any issues or potential issues in the woman's body that would prevent a smooth and easy labor and/or make her pregnancy less pleasant. Most women experience the process as pleasant with few other noticeable effects afterwards. Some sensitive women will notice an increase in uterine action (braxton hicks) following a treatment or perhaps an increase in personal energy. So far women who had the easy labor protocol had all natural labors without medical interventions and believe the birthing process was shorter and easier than they would have been without this series of treatments.

To learn more about the easy labor protocol, acupuncture in general, or to book an appointment call Kat at (707) 775-8311 or visit

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Should I take Placenta Postpartum? A Chinese Medicine Perspective

As an acupuncture/ herbal medicine student I was excited to learn about human placenta as a healing substance. I was fascinated that this medicine could put to use something that was part of creating life and yet was so readily discarded. It was only years later that I became pregnant that I learned the trend of taking placenta postpartum for recovery, breast milk enhancement, and postpartum depression prevention. In this blog I'll discuss how the current use varies somewhat from its traditional usage and how I believe more caution needs to be exercised to most effectively utilize placenta as a healing substance.

When I was pregnant and decided that I would hire someone to dry and encapsulate my placenta, I got caught up with the current touting of all the benefits of taking placenta postpartum and forgot some of my text book knowledge about some of its precautions. I took the substance as "prescribed" by the doula who prepared it for me, 1 capsule 3 times a day. Days after giving birth I wound up with a mysterious fever that my midwife labeled mastitis (breast infection) for lack of signs pointing in any other directions. I believe the onset of this fever and possible infection was at least in part related to my ingesting placenta. Here's why.

By nature placenta is warm and very nourishing especially to the yang of the kidney as well as the blood and essence of a person. For those of you not familiar with these terms the "yang" is the warming and activating side of a person.  "Blood" is pretty much as we usually refer to it, and "essence" is the core substantive vitality of a person. In the weeks after giving birth a woman's channels are said to be in an "unsettled" state and be more open than usual. So while she may very well need nourishing after the blood loss and exertion of labor and caring for a new baby, she also needs to take care to avoid pathogenic factors like extremes of hot or cold during this vulnerable time, as that could introduce infection. As I am a person who tends toward heat diseases anyway, meaning if I was going to get sick hot, red sores or fever were often part of the picture. So for me taking this warm and nourishing of a substance several times a day when I was extra vulnerable to infection was not the best idea. Fortunately, at this point I stopped taking my placenta until the infection was totally gone and thereafter I only took it on occasion when feeling more cool and run down, not just as a maitenence supplement. I at least had the knowledge to do this but I worried that other women without this information would end up continuing to take it as "prescribed" and wind up with infections that were difficult to recover from. So for the benefit of people who want to ingest their placenta here is my list of precautions based on text book guidelines.

1. Do not take daily/regularly if there is no significant depletion. Best way to know this is having a Chinese Medicine practitioner read your tongue, pulse and ask you a few questions. If you had a long, difficult labor or lost an usual amount of blood there is a good chance you could have depletion, but still having a consultation is not a bad idea. Regardless, you should listen to your body if the placenta seems to be creating symptoms rather than making you feel good.

2. Stop placenta immediately in case of fever or other signs of infection including common cold. Do not resume until completely recover.

3. Be cautious if you have a hot or particularly robust constitution. This is probably not the best choice for you even after the hard work of giving birth as it is listed as ideal for someone who tends to suffer from infertility or impotence, emaciation, chronic weak lung conditions, or is elderly and debilitated.

4. If you tend to suffer from yin deficient symptoms such as hot flashes or sweating at night this substance should not be used alone. It needs to be combined with other more moist substances, so consult your herbalist.

5. Lastly, I am concerned with the hygienic nature of the prepared placenta. Since the kitchens in which placentas are prepared are not regulated in any way it is quite possible for bacteria to get introduced. Do your research before choosing someone to prepare it about the standards for cleanliness in the preparation area.

If you are wanting a consultation about use of placenta in the Sonoma County/Santa Rosa area I'd be happy to take a look at you as an individual and give my recommendations. I also sell formulations of herbs that I believe to be more safe than placenta for a larger number of women. They also happen to be significantly cheaper. For more information visit or call Kat at (707) 775-8311.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Natural Solutions for Thyroid Health- A Santa Rosa Fertility Acupuncturist's Thoughts

Many women are surprised to find out that their symptoms such as fatigue, memory loss, depression, chilliness, hair loss and weight gain may be due to an underactive thyroid. In fact, in my experience as a health care practitioner, such a condition can exist even when a blood lab has confirmed the person as "normal". In my opinion this is often because the doctor did not order a complete thyroid panel and/or because the level for healthy functioning is more narrow than the range deemed as "normal". This means that woman will have many symptoms and feel poorly long before she is diagnosed by a regular doctor and during this time her gland is actually slowly diminishing in function.
In the realm of fertility thyroid plays an important part in maintaining a normal menstrual cycle and in allowing a woman to hold a pregnancy. Often when a woman has had trouble conceiving I will have her take her basal body temperature, or chart her temperatures first thing every morning. If her temps are below 97 degrees Fahrenheit and she has other symptoms, I will suspect a thyroid issue and want to get that in balance. Sometimes I will send her to her regular doctor for testing or treatment, but often this isn't enough. Even if the woman takes synthetic hormones like Synthroid she is not actually nourishing the thyroid gland itself. In fact supplementing hormones like this is sometimes believed to make the gland lazy. For this reason, I will recommend high quality supplements like Thytrophin by Standard Process and Thyroid Complex by Mediherb that use whole foods without hormones to help the gland to regenerate if necessary and function more optimally.
If you suspect you or someone you love has a thyroid issue please visit for more info or call (707) 775-8311 to speak to Kat Delse Mardirous, L.Ac. to speak about how her services may help you.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Acupuncture and Herbs for Insomnia in Santa Rosa, CA

Do you suffer from insomnia? Maybe you've tried some herbs from your local health food store and they haven't worked. Don't give up. This may be because you didn't buy the supplement most suited to your specific type of insomnia. In my herbal pharmacy in Santa Rosa, CA I have herbs for people with trouble falling asleep combined with poor energy and digestion. I have some for those who fall asleep easily but wake frequently sometimes feeling sweaty. I have others for just an acute situation where the person can't sleep because they are overheated and highly stressed, and some for people who's problem is mostly due to stagnation in the digestive system not allowing the body to rest.  Not sure which pattern fits you? That's why it is great to have an herbalist who can determine your type of insomnia and pick the very best choice for you.

 Helping insomnia is best done by combining herbal medicine with acupuncture. Acupuncture allows you to experience a relaxed state in which the whole body system switches into rest and relax mode. Acupuncture is kind of like training the energy body to go out of fight or flight stressed mode and go into the rejuvenative healing state where good sleep is possible.

For more information about acupuncture and herbal medicine in Santa Rosa visit my website at or call (707) 775-8311

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chinese Herbs for Sale in Santa Rosa, CA

I'm pleased to announce my Herbal Pharmacy in Santa Rosa, CA is now highly stocked with Chinese Herbal Formulas for various conditions. These formulas have been used for thousands of years to successfully treat internal and external conditions and have been adapted and studied to fit the modern patient. They are safety tested with little to no side effects.

Some of the herbal formulas I have in stock now can treat cold/flu, allergies, asthma. There are herbs for skin conditions such as eczema, acne or hives. For gynecological conditions I have formulas for infertility, PMS, menopausal hot flashes or night sweating, menstrual cramps,  uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, Postpartum Recovery, miscarriage prevention and more. I have herbs to help with fatigue, anxiety, depression, insomnia and hypertension. I have herbs for all types of pain, spasm and tension, injury recovery and arthritis. For digestive disorders I have herbs for nausea, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and hemorrhoids. I have been treating all kinds of conditions in my private practice for about 6 years and had almost four years of internship before that. Feel free to call with any questions. Herbs can work well alone prescribed through Traditional Chinese Medicine consultation or in conjunction with acupuncture which I also practice. I have knowledge of how herbs can interact with medications and am happy to work with your doctor if you want to come off of medication or combine your regimen with herbal medicine.
Please call me with any questions: Kat Delse Mardirous, L.Ac. (707) 775-8311 of visit my website at I'm also happy to answer questions by email at

Friday, August 22, 2014

How I Treated Shingles with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

One day I noticed a painful red rash breaking out around my left side. At first I thought it was Chicken Pox because I'd recently treated a patient with a bad case of that rash. Although I didn't think that Chicken Pox was usually contagious, that seemed the most logical connection. The more it went on though and the more I thought about it, I knew it had to be Shingles, or Herpes Zoster. How did I know? It was more painful that itchy, it seemed to emerge from the spine, the spine itself felt quite painful and burning, and it was only on one side of the body following a nerve root path. It was a textbook case. I knew from my school studies that acupuncture and Chinese herbs could be very helpful and enlisted the help of an acupuncturist friend who also lived in Santa Rosa, CA.

In the meantime I did some online research as I continue to be interested in diseases as metaphors for what we are struggling with on deep levels. Although famous new age thought author Louise Hay called Shingles "Waiting for the other shoe to drop," the words of a less famous blogger resonated even more. "Shingles", she said, is a "Crossroads before fear and trust." This really seemed to ring true in my life as I was in the process of deepening my spiritual path and letting go of some fearful patterns in my mind. I believe my conscious choice to take the path of more faith and letting go sped my recovery. It also allowed me to approach the acupuncture and herbal treatment I received with receptivity and confidence.

The acupuncturist I saw diagnosed me as having "damp heat in the gallbladder channel" and had me take high doses of herbal tablets called Long Dan Xie Gan Tang. The herbs were cooling and drying and had me feeling better in about a day. I also took some blood moving herbs to help with all my spinal pain. Surprisingly moxa over the sores was very soothing. Although the disease has heat to it, moxa is still helpful because the sores are fluid filled and damp is dried by moxa. Moxa can often be done at home and not just y the Chinese Medicine doctor. My husband, in fact, was very helpful with this part of my treatment.

If you or someone you know is suffering from Shingles near Sonoma County, Ca call Kat at (707) 775-8311 or visit for more information about treatment.