One of my patients asked me to share with all of you how much she appreciated the glow ovulation period checker app for smartphones which allows you to plot your basal body temperature data.
According to the company, the app provides ‘daily insights into your fertility based on the information you log and tasks you complete’. It also ‘takes care of the planning for you, and works with varying cycle lengths. Receive support through the glow community’.
‘The app is easy to use, and to input data’ says my patient. ‘It is not too lengthy in requesting data. It feels very supportive – and glow provides a nurturing community for women’.
The glow ovulation period checker app is available in iOS and Android versions. https://glowing.com/
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Looking at life through the seasons, and particularly from the perspective of summer – ‘one may retire somewhat later at this time of year, while still arising early. One should refrain from anger and stay physically active, to prevent the pores from closing and the Qi from stagnating’.
This is taken from Maoshing Ni’s translation of The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, circa 3rd century BC. It goes on to say that
‘Emotionally it is important to be happy and easygoing and not hold grudges, so that the energy can flow freely and communicate between the external and the internal. In this way, illness may be averted in the fall. Problems in the summer will cause injury to the heart and will manifest in the autumn’.
Life through the seasons – summer
This reminds us that summer us that at this time of year when everything is outward manifestation – parties, bright colours, long walks – we should still cultivate our inner selves so that there is free communication between our internal and external aspects. This in turn will help us stay healthy when summer begins to turn to autumn.
A very thoughtful and wide ranging set of ideas conceived long ago, but still relevant today. So what will you do differently this summer season?
These days, people have changed their way of life. They drink wine as though it were water, indulge excessively in destructive activities drain their Jing – the body’s essence that is stored in the kidneys – and deplete their qi. They do not know the secret of conserving their energy and vitality. Seeking emotional excitement and momentary pleasures, people disregard the natural rhythm and order of the universe. They fail to regulate their lifestyle and diet and sleep improperly. So it is not surprising that they look old at 50 and die soon after.
[From The Yellow emperor’s classic of medicine 3rd century BC translated by Maoshing Ni].
And we think we have it all today?
Old at 50? The Yellow Emperor has seen it all.