11/28: Understanding the Six States of the Uterus: Blending Traditional Herbalism with Modern Bioscience – with Lena DeGloma


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Monday, November 28


80 8th Avenue, room 1302 – entrance on 14th St

Understanding the Six States of the Uterus: Blending Traditional Herbalism with Modern Bioscience for Female Reproductive Health

What is the uterus doing while it is not busy menstruating or carrying a pregnancy? Why is this important for female reproductive health? From puberty through menopause the uterus is constantly in motion – contracting – even though this may be imperceptible most of the time. In this class, you will be introduced to a new theoretical model of uterine contractility based on an integration of the traditional six tissue states model with modern bioscience findings that have demonstrated the importance of directionality of uterine contractions to female reproductive health. Imbalances in uterine contractility patterns (organized into six uterine contractility states) are associated with a variety of female reproductive conditions including unexplained infertility, dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation, endometriosis and retrograde menstruation, fibroids, menorrhagia or excessive uterine bleeding, uterine prolapse, and more. After a brief introduction of this new model, we will focus on a few specific conditions and practical ways you can use specific herbs to help bring the uterus back into balance.

Lena DeGloma, MS, LMT, CD, CLC, CCCE, is the founder of Red Moon Wellness in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Lena is a clinical herbalist, licensed massage therapist, certified birth doula, certified lactation counselor and certified childbirth educator. Her wellness practice focuses on women’s health and the childbearing cycle through therapeutic massage, herbal and nutritional consultation, and birth and breastfeeding support. She also integrates fire cupping, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy into her clinical work.

Lena teaches holistic childbirth education, newborn care and breastfeeding classes at Bend and Bloom Yoga in Park Slope and attends births at homes, birthing centers and hospitals throughout NYC. She is a strong advocate of women’s right to informed decision-making in childbirth.Lena studied herbal medicine first through two apprenticeships (at Alba Nueva herb farm in Costa Rica with Dr. Ed Bernhardt and the Heartstone Herbal School near Ithaca, NY with Tammi Sweet and Kris Miller) and then went on to receive a Master of Science in herbal medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute).

In her graduate research at MUIH, Lena developed a new theoretical model of uterine contractility states by integrating a traditional tissue states approach to uterine tonicity with modern evidence on uterine contractility. One of her core clinical interests involves the relationship between herbs, nutrition, and the microbiome (especially concerning early microbial establishment through practices surrounding pregnancy, childbirth, and infant feeding) and its impact on disorders related to immunity/inflammation, metabolism/digestion, and neuroendocrine function. Lena is currently pursuing post-graduate nutrition and clinical courses at MUIH toward national certification as a nutritionist. Lena has also taught massage, supervised student clinics, and written prenatal massage curriculum at Queensborough Community College in Bayside, NY and the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY.

Note: handouts for this class will be available on our website one week before the class. Please to arborvitaeny.com and click on the Student Login button on the top right hand side of the website and login with the same username and password you use to purchase this (or previous) community classes. A list of all classes you have purchased online will appear. Click on the title of the class to access the handouts for any of the classes you have purchased. Please email ask@arborvitaeny.com with questions.