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As we mentioned in previous articles, infertility is defined as the inability of a couple to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse. It affects over 5 million couples alone in the U. S. and many times more in the world. Because of an unawareness of treatments, only 10% seek help from professional specialists. We have spent most of the time in this series discussing conventional and Chinese medicine in treating fertility. I believe it is the best time to change the subject by discussing how to treat infertility with the Chinese herb: white peony.

I. Definition
White peony is the bark of the root of Paeonia suffruticosa and is also known as "moutan" or "mu dan" in China. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine in treating liver cirrhosis.

II. How white peony effects female fertility
1. Liver
White peony has been listed in the traditional Chinese medicine's medical book for over thousands of years in treating liver qi and fire blood caused by yin deficiency which leads to the qi and blood stagnation in the liver, thereby lessening it's function in carbohydrate metabolism and decreasing the risk of hormone imbalance that lead to infertility.

2. Uterus tonic
It is said that white peony also helps the liver in regulating the production of certain hormones in the prostaglandins family. This leads to lessening the risk of abdominal pain and cramps caused by an overactive uterus.

3. Kidney
White peony not only helps to increase the function of the kidney in urinary extraction, but also improves kidney function in regulating the production of steroid hormones, leading to the production of testosterone that helps to improve sexual desire and reducing the risk of water retention.

4. Blood stagnation
Since it helps to release the blood stagnation in the liver, it also improves the blood flow to the abdominal region leading to a lessened risk of irregular menstrual cycle and increasing the chance of fertility.

5. Yin qi and blood deficiency
Since it is a herb in the cold side, it helps to restore the harmony in the body, if the infertility is caused by liver blood stagnation and liver yang abundance.

III. Side effects
No Side effects are known

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The History:

Long before Hinduism and Buddhism, the wise masters of India practiced and transmitted powerful mantras, of which the Hamsa meditation is said to be the foremost. This timeless wisdom mantra belongs to the ancient Vedic spiritual tradition.

The Vedas are the oldest of man's scriptures, ancient holy texts passed down through the generations. The mantra itself is part of the oral tradition that has continued through many centuries.

Although this is not a Buddhist meditation, it belongs to the Indian yoga tradition that the Buddha himself practiced.  

The Technique:

The mantra itself is deceptively simple. All we need to do is breath in and out through the nostrils. As we do this we repeat to ourselves the syllable HAM on the in-breath, and the syllable SO on the out-breath.

Repeat on the in-breath: HAM

On the out-breath: SO  

The Meaning:

The syllable HAM represents and embodies the expansive masculine yang energy; the syllable SO represents the centripetal yin, feminine energy. HAMSA means white swan. The swan is an ancient symbol of spiritual grace and purity.  

The Purpose:

The Hamsa meditation helps us find the grace within and carries us beyond our limited concepts. It helps us shed negative feelings that we are 'ugly ducklings' and reminds us that we are all graceful and pure swans. It can help our spiritual life take wings.

Ancient teachings say this mantra is a vibration of infinite consciousness, uniting us each with divine source. It is said that this mantra helps us erase duality and the sense that we are different or separate from each other.

We cannot find the enlightenment we seek until we realize that we are all one; there is no 'other'. The Hamsa meditation helps us to connect with the divine love and profound energy that flows through the universe and through each of us.  

Chant this mantra during your meditation:

HAM on the inhalation

SO on the exhalation  

There is a joke in Buddhist circles: "Don't just dosomething, sit there."  

(Inspired by Lama Surya Das: Letting go of the person you used to be)

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