Episode #44: Healing Women: Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine Explained With Dr. Kelsey Corbett

Written by: Karenna Soto
The Fully Expressed Podcast
The Fully Expressed Podcast
Episode #44: Healing Women: Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine Explained With Dr. Kelsey Corbett
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Have you ever wondered how acupuncture and holistic practices can significantly improve women’s health?

In this enlightening episode of “Fully Expressed with Karenna Soto,” I am joined by my dear friend Kelsey Corbett, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Kelsey shares her profound journey and extensive experience in women’s health, fertility, mental health, and holistic healing practices.

We delve into the powerful benefits of acupuncture, the science behind it, and how it can be a transformative tool for women seeking balance and well-being.

You can read the full podcast transcript for this episode below:

0:00
Welcome to the Fully Expressed podcast with Karenna.
0:02
I am your podcast host, Karenna Soto.
0:04
And this is a show where we have conversations that invite you into your fullest express self and life relationships and fits that this month, we’ve been doing everything about women’s health.
0:14
And so I invited my dearest friend Kelsey Corbett, who I met at another, within another group program online.
0:24
But Kelsey’s also participated in my business multiple times and now I’m thinking about it.
0:30
You, she participated in being a guest in one of my programs align in a track.
0:36
She also provided acupuncture at my podcast party and we’ve just continued to do things together.
0:43
We did all the women circle, so did his reiki training.
0:46
We did the Reiki training again.
0:48
We’ve done so many different things and I’m so excited for you to experience her because she has worked with women in fertility.
0:55
She has worked with women in mental health.
0:57
She’s worked with so many people across the board and she’d be such a great person to have on the show.
1:02
So I’m gonna let her introduce herself.
1:04
Hi, guys.
1:04
Hi.
1:05
Hi.
1:05
Thanks for having.
1:07
Hi, everyone.
1:08
I’m Kelsey.
1:09
Corbett, some people call me doctor Kay and I have been, I guess I’m an acupuncturist doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
1:18
I also teach yoga, Kundalini Vinyasa, breathwork, sound healing.
1:23
I facilitate group events, healing events and I teach weekly at a trauma center that I just love so much for women.
1:32
And I’ve been immersed in this medicine for the, for the past 15 years, which is kind of crazy.
1:36
I was thinking about that before coming in.
1:38
I’m like, oh my God.
1:39
15 year, 10 years.
1:40
Yeah.
1:41
Yeah.
1:42
It started when I was like 1934.
1:44
So yeah, I mean, I’ve been dealing with mental health for a long time but like immersed in these practices and like, yeah, like to do doing it.
1:52
Yeah.
1:52
And you just keep learning about yourself and introduced to new things.
1:56
So yeah, it’s been a wild journey but it’s been amazing and I’m really grateful for it for I was going, how beautiful you doing that for 15 years?
2:04
I can’t even imagine.
2:05
I think I’ve been doing this work immersed in this work for probably 10 to 12 years.
2:11
I wanna say so like a very long time.
2:13
But you’ve been actively doing this for 15 years and doctor say I’m gonna have to call you don, but he will follow me.
2:18
But I never know people called you.
2:20
Doctor Kay.
2:20
Yeah, the trauma center.
2:22
That’s what they call me.
2:23
It’s just so cute.
2:24
I’m like, oh my God, it’s really sad.
2:27
I know, but you can call me whatever.
2:29
Kelsey K Yeah.
2:31
Yeah.
2:31
Doctor Yang.
2:33
So let’s pull that back a little bit.
2:34
So 15 years, how did you find this work?
2:37
And like what really holds you to like, want you to step into?
2:40
Yeah, whether it’s like just your journey and healing and practicing these fatalities and then also just like what really attracts you to acupuncture and herbal medicine and her.
2:51
Yeah.
2:52
So I guess I’ve been dealing with mental health symptoms, anxiety, depression from a really young age.
2:59
I would even say like elementary school, which is kind of crazy to say that out loud.
3:03
But yeah, and it’s just kind of built throughout the years and obviously it goes in waves, you know, depending on life and what’s happening.
3:09
But yeah, I would say it really hit me hard in college, my early years of college and I started to have panic attacks and I was a music major, a vocal major.
3:19
So like performing and singing in front of people and it’s just a lot of pressure and I also went through a breakup and that was like my first, you know, relationship that put a lot of stress on me.
3:30
And I don’t know, it was everything happening at once and I ended up having a really bad injury and it was a spine injury.
3:39
I was over exercising.
3:41
I wasn’t nourishing myself properly.
3:43
And that was like the one thing I was trying to control was like, my body almost and just overdo it, you know, and so that injury kind of knocked me off my feet and it kind of made me get still with myself.
3:55
I had to just sit with myself and really feel like what is happening.
3:59
I couldn’t just run, which I was running at the time a lot.
4:02
I was a runner and I couldn’t do that anymore.
4:04
I couldn’t turn to fitness or movement.
4:07
So I started to meditate and I started to dive into all these spirituality books and teachers and really got into my yoga practice.
4:15
That was helping me a lot.
4:16
It was definitely a modified practice, which also was humbling because I went to do my yoga teacher training and I could not do what everyone else was doing.
4:25
Yeah, because of my injury and I was just trying to seek out different practices, like to heal the pain.
4:30
It was just something that I had never experienced before.
4:33
And when I was in Costa Rica on my training, I came upon an acupuncturist and I tried it and I had instant relief.
4:40
And so I started to get regular treatments when I went home and just was amazed.
4:45
And I kind of knew in that moment when I first had it like, wow, I think I want to do this.
4:48
I think I want to go back to school.
4:50
But it, you know, I had to keep doing it, something was holding me back from just making the jump.
4:55
So I just kept learning about it and kept getting treatments and eventually I went back to school.
5:00
But when I started to get regular treatments, everything started to balance out because it wasn’t just the pain that they were treating, it was, you know, they were figuring out what my imbalance was and they were, you know, tonifying different organs and working on the deficiencies because there was just so much off that was causing how I was feeling like it, it’s treating the whole person as one.
5:20
Yeah.
5:21
So my anxiety started to decrease.
5:22
I started to feel better.
5:24
My hormones started to balance out.
5:25
I didn’t have a period for a long time and I started to get my period again.
5:29
And that was really from the herbs.
5:30
Also, the herbs helped to build that blood back.
5:33
That was so deficient.
5:34
So yeah, it was all these practices, the mindfulness, the yoga taking, yeah, bringing it all together the food therapy, eating properly, using food as medicine.
5:44
So, yes.
5:45
And then I ended up leaving my work.
5:47
I was doing music at the time.
5:49
And so I left my work, moved to California and did my doctorate in Chinese medicine in San Diego.
5:56
So I’ve been out here for almost nine years.
5:59
Just crazy.
6:00
Yeah.
6:01
Thank you for sharing that with us.
6:03
I’m so curious when it comes to what it first can you talk to everyone like what is architecture?
6:10
Yeah.
6:10
So acupuncture, well, it stems from Chinese medicine.
6:14
So it’s an ancient medicine.
6:15
It’s been practiced.
6:16
It’s been taking place for over 5000 years.
6:19
Practice, studied and just facilitated for a really, really long time and handed down over thousands and thousands of years.
6:27
And it’s based on the meridian system.
6:29
So all these different energy channels that run throughout our body.
6:32
Some people call it chi you can also call it blood flow, the fluids they run through these channels.
6:38
And when we have any blockages or things are not flowing properly, it can cause an imbalance.
6:43
And that’s when we start to experience symptoms, whether our sleep is off menstrual cramps, pain in our shoulder, low back pain, headaches, night sweating, floaters and I S neck like so many different things.
6:55
You name a symptom, allergies, gut symptoms.
6:58
It’s all an imbalance within one of these different meridians.
7:02
So, acupuncture helps to bring the body back into balance.
7:05
And we do this through a abdomen, palpation, pulse reading and looking at the tongue and then also just looking at all these different diagnosis questions and we can figure out what’s really going on, like what’s out of balance, what organ is being affected?
7:20
Where do we need to tonify?
7:21
Where do we need to s sedate?
7:23
And yeah, I don’t know if that really answers it.
7:27
You know that that was really beautifully done.
7:29
I love that you walk through that because I think when people can get acupuncture, they’re like, oh they’re just sticking needles into you like, and you feel better but like it’s not just that you just walk us through the entire process of like really opening up your chi in the meridian and like moving energy and allowing blood flow and toxification, which is like so much more that you get from those sessions and like also from like just being treated by you.
7:51
So not only have Kelsey and I become friends, not only have Kelsey and I work together partner collaborations, but Kelsey has also helped me in my sessions with her.
8:00
So I’ve come to see Ay come to you and I think the other thing I love about Ay, but I’m sure it’s also very regulating to the nervous system.
8:08
Oh, yes, it’s like it’s very much a very calming experience which I think most of us need.
8:14
Oh my God.
8:14
I don’t know how to just get into a parasympathetic state and like just relax sake, like really calming our bodies.
8:21
Yes, it’s amazing for nervous system regulation.
8:24
Just bring you into that home homeostasis state of being that we should all be in.
8:30
And we don’t even realize that we’re not in it half the time just because of social media and driving everywhere and just stimulation of everyday life.
8:38
So, exactly.
8:40
Yeah.
8:41
What are some of the most common symptoms that you’re seeing or that you’ve seen that women struggle with anxiety, P MS symptoms, pain in general like body pain, low mood, lack of sleep.
8:55
You said mental health symptoms and just these symptoms in general.
8:58
Yeah, I would say those are like the top on stress, anxiety, low mood, maybe gut issues, bowel syndrome.
9:07
Yeah.
9:07
And any kind of pain, even headaches.
9:09
A lot of clenching the jaw.
9:11
I feel like a lot of women are grinding or they clench they hold here.
9:15
Yeah.
9:16
And that also runs up into the neck.
9:17
Oh, my gosh.
9:18
That’s definitely one of the number one things that I see angrily.
9:20
That is, yeah, that goes along with this nervous system and stress.
9:24
So, when you, someone comes in to see you like that and like, they have these symptoms, how do you support them?
9:28
What are some things that you focus on and why?
9:31
Like, why those?
9:32
Yeah.
9:33
So usually I have them walk me through their day, like their day to day, what it looks like what they’re eating, what they’re doing, their lifestyle, what time they’re going to bed, what they’re doing before bed, what they do when they wake up and just kind of getting a picture of that because that tells me a lot about, like, their habit.
9:48
, well, I feel like most people wake up and they go on their phone or they just start doing right away where the morning is such an important time to really set intention and to take it slow and have just stillness for yourself.
10:03
And that really creates the pace for your day and just being mindful, mindful of what you’re eating, what you’re surrounding yourself with who you’re around, the, whatever you’re taking in on your phone.
10:15
Social media.
10:16
Yeah.
10:17
It’s really, really crazy how, how much our mornings affect us.
10:21
So, that’s definitely something big that we look at and that I look at,, food also.
10:26
a lot of people forget to eat or they don’t think about it.
10:29
They skip breakfast, they just go right to their coffee.
10:33
Yeah.
10:33
And like some people just drink a smoothie for breakfast or eat a salad for lunch.
10:37
Like Chinese medicine is a very different perspective of that.
10:39
So that’s always interesting.
10:41
So for nutrition, I guess it depends on the person, it depends on your constitution.
10:47
We all have a different body constitution.
10:49
But as women and working with our cycle, you really want to tune into your cycle and tap into different foods for the different phases and also your body constitution.
10:59
So if you’re a spleen deficient, you really don’t want to be having cold smoothies or cold salads.
11:05
Even for lunch, putting cold things in your body just puts out your digestive fire.
11:10
So really nourishing yourself with maybe warm lemon water in the morning, having good protein, like a warm egg with sourdough piece of bread and butter, good fats avocado and maybe having, if you’re going to have a salad for lunch, maybe do cooked veggies on top root veggies, which is super grounding and nourishing for the blood.
11:30
Yeah.
11:31
So simple things like that.
11:33
Yeah.
11:33
I’m so glad he started talking about that because I, I think so many, nobody need to hear that.
11:37
So I just got back from speaking at the University of Wisconsin Addison and a lot of what I talk about and I talk is like, how important, well, how to distribute your capacity, which distribute your like human battery life and your genomes.
11:49
Like how important it is to use your energy to nourish yourself.
11:54
But when you are so busy and as women, like we are doing not only for the most part our own jobs, taking care of our kids, taking care of all their responses, abilities or running for one thing the next and we forget to eat.
12:05
And so I wanted to pull that thread a little bit because it’s so important to nourish our bodies.
12:10
And one of the beautiful things that I love about Chinese that I said that you taught me when we first could become friends was how important warm, warm, keeping our body warm, moving our and warm, keeping our hormones or keeping our body warm is and like how warming foods are really supportive, like cooked veggies, not so much cold stuff.
12:28
And even like, I remember like this, I think it was with you.
12:33
I like stopping to drink not like ice cold water.
12:36
Yeah.
12:37
Which is a big water.
12:38
A really big one that a lot of people don’t realize.
12:41
And I, you know, for a long time, really craved ice cold water.
12:45
And now I still love water but I drink it, like, warm temperature, like, neutral but, like, yeah, that was something that I had to work on.
12:54
So it’s hard to stop that.
12:55
Yeah.
12:55
Like, it’s a difficult one for sure.
12:57
Especially like in the summer, I love ice and my honor because you feel like that is the first thing I tell people.
13:03
Yeah, if we’re going to make one change, the first week I work with them is let’s cut the ice coffees, let’s cut the ice water and just do room temperature.
13:10
You know, that goes a long way and it’s a hard thing to stop.
13:13
Yeah.
13:13
And then you can move into the food.
13:15
So why is it so important to keep it like your body warmly?
13:18
So you can think of your digestive tract, your, your large intestine, your small intestines, spleen stomach as this fire, its digestive fire.
13:27
So the fire is burning.
13:29
But when we put cold and raw foods drinks into that fire, it puts that fire out.
13:35
So it’s not, it takes, makes it really hard to digest our food.
13:38
And then when we do eat, say we eat a salad, we might feel super tired after because it’s taking so much energy to, to digest that salad or that cold, whatever it is.
13:49
So, yeah, it works better when we feed it the nourishing warm foods or pre digested precooked foods.
13:56
Ok.
13:57
Ok.
13:57
Yeah.
13:57
And so that on that thread and I’m like, wondering, what else did she say that it also?
14:01
Hormones.
14:02
Yeah, I’ll tell me more about that.
14:04
, so, I mean, hormones that they’re all connected.
14:08
So, with cycle syn tuning into our rhythm as women, which is our natural monthly biological rhythm that men don’t have.
14:16
So using foods to sync with that is super crucial and really depends on your constitution, but the majority you want to be eating like the proper foods throughout the month.
14:26
And especially when you’re, when you’re on your period, your uterine lining is shedding.
14:31
So we really want to keep the uterus warm and that helps to keep the blood flowing even premenstrual.
14:36
You wanna keep the blood flowing, it can become stagnant, which can cause cramping before it can cause irritability, mood changes, sadness, depression, breast tenderness, so many different things, sleep disturbances.
14:50
So tuning into your cycle and eating the right foods at proper times is super beneficial for regulating your hormones and your gut.
15:00
Yes.
15:00
Can you tell us what are like somehow like set like high level, like what’s really good for like our follicular phase, our relation, phase and phase and then phase what kind of foods or roots like vegetables that you eating there in other items.
15:13
Yes.
15:14
So for menstrual phase, we’ll start with the winner phase.
15:16
So the, the winner phase is the menstrual phase.
15:19
And this is like our hibernation phase where we turn inward with ourselves.
15:22
It’s a really good time to just be by ourselves and just really get still with ourselves doing really slow practices, eating blood, nourishing foods because we’re losing so much blood.
15:35
We want to be eating those red beets, black beans, anything that’s like kind of dark red purple in color red meat, bone broth soups, broths, eggs are really good for the blood cooks, leafy greens, doing all of those foods during that time.
15:50
And it’s just a really good time to kind of get still with yourself.
15:53
You, we’re so intuitive during that period.
15:55
So we get downloads.
15:56
It’s a great time for reflecting.
15:58
if you drink cold water or cold foods during that time, it can definitely cause like pain, right?
16:05
Cause pain and just things aren’t flowing or the follicular.
16:08
This is when our yin starts to build.
16:12
So we want to do more yin nourishing.
16:14
This is when our cervical mucus starts to build.
16:16
So good oils, good fats, avocados, black beans, anything black in color helps to nourish the Yin Yin is the follicular phase.
16:26
So good fats, we want to build that cervical mucus.
16:29
If we tend to be dry during that period, dry skin, dry eyes dry down there, that could be like a Yin deficiency.
16:36
So we just wanna really up it ladies.
16:38
Listen up.
16:39
Yeah.
16:40
Yes.
16:40
Yeah, because I, you know, I think we’ll keep going on the phases but like, I’ve heard multiple of like my friends and close friends that tell me they’re like, I’m pretty dry down there.
16:48
Like, are you very wet?
16:50
I’m like, I’m very wet when it comes to that area of life, which I, you know, I know it’s healthy but I do know that that’s not necessarily like the most common thing all the time.
17:02
So like maybe we can dive into like a little bit of what the cervical mucus will look like too if you want to.
17:07
Yeah, and like why that’s so important and so that your cervical mucus should start to build.
17:13
So you finish your period depending on how long your flow is and your cervical mucus starts to build.
17:19
And once you hit that ovulation, it should be that egg whitey.
17:24
Yeah, exactly.
17:25
So, yeah, it should start to build.
17:28
And if you have dryness, that’s telling you something like maybe you have a Yin deficiency.
17:31
Are you having night sweats?
17:33
Are you getting thirsty at night or hot at night?
17:36
Those are all symptoms of maybe like blood Yin deficiency.
17:40
So even just upping your blood foods, upping your Yin getting acupuncture that will help tonify the yin.
17:45
It’s all kind of working together.
17:47
You can also take Yin tonifying herbs during the follicular phase.
17:51
This is another thing that we do is acupuncturist.
17:53
We do herbal formulas and you can sync them with different phases or you can just take it all month.
17:58
Yes.
17:59
So that also will help build the cervical mucus.
18:03
And then once you’ve hit ovulation, when you’re having that egg white mucus, you should have really good energy.
18:08
You’re in that ovulation phase should be socializing.
18:11
You should want to be around people.
18:12
It’s a great time to speak and just be out and about you have, you’re supposed to just have lots of social energy and you can also to do high energy exercise during the ovulation phase.
18:24
I feel that even today I was ovulating.
18:27
Think Yeah.
18:27
To it.
18:28
I think I’m ovulating today.
18:29
I just had my period last weekend.
18:31
So I’m like probably deep in that like about to ovulate.
18:34
So like I had so much energy.
18:36
I said I didn’t know what to do with it.
18:37
I needed to meditate to like calm myself.
18:39
Yeah, I didn’t have coffee.
18:40
I don’t do any of that anymore.
18:42
So like I was like, I can go for a million miles but I like to not have time to go for a workout.
18:46
But I could feel like my body wanting to move like intense and you did your, your speaking engagement and I did it right in my follicular.
18:55
But you were hitting that ovulation.
18:57
So that’s like that’s a good time to do it.
18:58
It was such a blessing.
18:59
I was like, not supposed to especially be pleading during my speaking engagement.
19:04
And I was like, no, oh, not like in a bad way.
19:07
I just didn’t, I wanted to experience that believe or basically even a little early this one.
19:11
So I was like, wow, God is on my side.
19:14
Divine timing.
19:15
It really makes this line.
19:17
Oh It totally does.
19:17
You can feel a difference in your energy like, and you show up differently.
19:21
It’s like the spring you’re coming out of your show the energy.
19:24
It’s like magnetic energy really.
19:26
I feel like I can tap into that now, especially like and then like a social setting but there’s nothing like it when it’s like a very natural magnetic energy that yes are follicular.
19:36
Yeah.
19:37
Things are just flowing and you, yeah, you’re, it’s a magnetic easy.
19:41
Yeah.
19:41
And people are attracted to you during that phase.
19:44
Yeah.
19:44
So that’s, that’s when everyone says this is what you should ease your voice.
19:47
This is when like you be attracted, the opportunities is when you could just like put yourself out there and like have conversations and just really lead to calling in what you really want because you are in this space of receiving.
20:01
Yeah.
20:01
And then, yeah, so it makes sense, right?
20:05
Like when we think about this sexually, it’s also the time when our men want to just like pounce on us and our bodies literally also are saying like, hey, I’m here, I’m here to make a baby.
20:15
Yeah, I’m here to bring life source in.
20:17
And so it’s like so beautiful when you think of your cycle in that way as a way how it also just, yeah, they’re energetically drawn to us.
20:25
They are, they smell us.
20:27
Yeah.
20:28
OK.
20:28
So from a said follicular phase, what to eat?
20:31
And then what about ovulation phase, ovulation phase?
20:34
So this really depends on your constitution.
20:37
So if you’re spleen deficient or blood deficient, you do want to still be eating cooked foods.
20:42
But it is a time where you can have more lighter foods and less like your metabolism is not, you don’t need to be eating as much.
20:49
You just feel lighter but it is a time where you can eat like salads.
20:52
If your constitution is strong, the smoothies, things that are just to have a strong con consultation like mix.
20:59
Yeah.
21:00
So every natural pa that are happy, strong con consult.
21:04
That’s good.
21:04
Is that good?
21:05
Yeah, I mean, that’s good.
21:06
Yeah, you’re strong and also seasonally like where you’re living makes a big difference.
21:10
Like if you’re in Hawaii or in the Caribbean, like it’s just easier to digest older.
21:15
Yeah.
21:15
Colder foods.
21:16
Yeah.
21:16
Ok.
21:16
So this is where you can eat lighter foods, lighter foods.
21:19
Yes.
21:19
And you can also feel it like you’re not as hungry, you’re not as hungry because your metabolism isn’t as strong as it is in the luteal phase, which we’re going to talk about.
21:28
Yeah, that I think is fun.
21:29
I think that everyone needs to pay attention.
21:30
Oh, yes.
21:31
What else is there anything else you want to say about?
21:34
Well, follicular workwise, follicular is like the best time to do things that stimulate your brain and like dive into new projects and then ovulation.
21:42
I think you can just get more done because you have that energy to get stuff done.
21:46
I love the energetics of working the phases.
21:48
Totally.
21:49
I wish our whole life, I wish our work life was like that.
21:52
I know.
21:52
I mean, we would be different.
21:54
I mean, this is where as an entrepreneur you could leverage this as like a solo rene, you can leverage this within your own daily life.
21:59
But I think people that work like corporate or like us that show up every single day like difficult, oh my gosh, to leverage the phases.
22:07
But I do think because I do talk about this a lot on the podcast.
22:10
I do think that we could pay attention to it like and give ourselves more grace in the phases that we do take breaks here and there take naps, go for a walk.
22:20
Exactly.
22:20
And outside, lay down.
22:22
Don’t be on your phone as much.
22:23
Yes.
22:24
Exactly.
22:24
Just there’s 1 to 2 minute, two minute breaks, make a huge difference.
22:29
They really do.
22:30
And we don’t really recognize that took a deep breath, be deep breaths and pause.
22:35
Yeah.
22:36
Something that I, that I know that messes with me that I wanna get better at when I get my blue light blockers because I know I, me if I’m wrong but like, the blue light from the screens and the computers and the phones, like, our moms don’t like that stuff, you know, they, and I have been so much better, like the first hour of the day and like the last hour before bed, like, we’re living in, like, candlelight, red light or log out and, like, we dim everything down to, like, support our hormones.
23:01
But, like, I really do think that if they get these, the light bottlers, like, I, I need them, I just, I want to buy the really expensive ones.
23:08
They are like, $200 the glasses, the glasses, like the red glasses.
23:13
They have, I have one on my computer.
23:14
I need to buy a new one for my name.
23:16
Actually did this for my phone.
23:18
You should tell him to do this for you.
23:20
Oh, you, he set this setting up where now I can turn my phone into red.
23:24
No one’s gonna see this right now, but it’s pretty cool.
23:26
Yeah.
23:27
So, like at night we’ll put these on and I’ll do this, like, everything’s, and this is it actual red light.
23:32
It’s not actual red light just takes away the blue light.
23:35
Ok.
23:36
That’s pretty cool.
23:37
Yeah, I need to do that.
23:38
He has to set, it has all his clients to it.
23:40
Yeah.
23:40
Well, you can have him do it.
23:41
I saw him going home.
23:43
Ok.
23:44
I mean, anyway, let’s go back to you.
23:46
OK.
23:46
The ovulation phase.
23:47
He talked about that.
23:49
Lol.
23:49
Yeah.
23:50
So luteal, the beginning of the luteal, your energy still is a little bit high.
23:54
It starts to really go down throughout the luteal, especially when you start to approach your menstrual phase.
24:00
But our metabolism is higher during this time.
24:02
So we will be craving more foods, more protein, more good fats, fish, oil, fish, anything orange or yellow in color.
24:10
That’s all really good for this period.
24:12
Just a really balanced diet.
24:14
So you wanna have the protein, you wanna have good carbs and the greens and good veggies, root veggies try to, trying to keep it cooked is always helpful.
24:23
And this will just help to keep the blood moving because it can stagnate and this is where we, we start to see the P MS symptoms.
24:30
So if you are syncing to all the phases, you shouldn’t have that many P MS symptoms.
24:35
That’s like our natural way of being.
24:38
but you can also sync your exercise during this phase too.
24:41
So it should be more strength training, hiking, Pilates, yoga, not super intense, but you can, you know, get in there and do something a little.
24:50
Yeah, some more invigorating work.
24:52
It doesn’t need to be super easy.
24:53
But, but then as you get closer to your cycle, your energy might start to go down.
24:58
So just keeping it light, it doesn’t need to be very intense.
25:02
But like Pilates walking, yoga.
25:05
Yeah.
25:06
And yeah, for task wise, like work, it’s doing really tedious tasks when you got your inbox, organizing things that don’t take a lot of mental stamina.
25:15
So I say that every single time I have these like sprints, I feel like that happened in my little face where I’m like, I want to see everything.
25:22
Yeah, I like wanna throw things out and like I wanna get rid of stuff like read for my period and like all this energy just to do all can only it’s just to do cleaning.
25:33
No.
25:33
Yeah.
25:33
My emails for it’s like literally at home and I’m just crazy.
25:37
The clean clean.
25:38
Me too.
25:38
Actually I always clean before my, before my period hits.
25:41
Yeah, like I will clean regularly but like I crave that like deep clean.
25:45
I know right before my period hit and I want the house to be clean when my period hits just because I want to relax.
25:52
See you get it.
25:53
Yeah.
25:54
This is where it makes like you’re crazy.
25:55
Yeah.
25:55
And I’m like, babe, I like a nice house and it gets that energy out laugh and I’m sure the other women on here that are listening to this understand that like I also like my, it feels like declutter there ever.
26:06
This one book that was called like declutter Your Mind.
26:09
But like, oh, I like the way that your house is also a form of like how you feel in your mind.
26:14
So, like sometimes when I just or my house and everything feels good.
26:17
Like I also mentally so much better 100%.
26:20
But also I can be potatoes sometimes like things around the house and sit on the couch and be a potato, but I don’t want it to be nice.
26:27
Yeah.
26:28
And it’s good to listen to that when you want to just chill.
26:31
Especially right before your period.
26:33
You got to listen and you don’t want to be around too many people at that time.
26:36
It’s just like the people that you feel really close with, you know, on a tangent.
26:40
But Nick and I laugh about, I always tell him it was like when we are really well, I really set up like, what is like our dream life can be like the number one thing I’m gonna invest in is one, someone that comes and cleans the house.
26:52
Like my house is clean all I don’t think about it.
26:55
Not that I want like a main, like 24 7.
26:57
But I think like every day or every two days, like someone’s like cleaning and organizing.
27:02
Yeah, I want the house to be laundry.
27:04
Laundry.
27:05
That’s my issue.
27:08
Laundry the other day he goes, babe, I’ll go do your laundry.
27:11
But like, I really don’t want to be doing your laundry for the rest of our lives.
27:14
Like we don’t have a laundry.
27:17
Oh, yeah.
27:17
That’s a washer and dryer in the unit at our apartment.
27:21
And so it’s a pain in the ass.
27:23
And I’m like, babe, once that, once we have a laundry and dryer, I’ll definitely do it when we get home.
27:27
But, like, I clean the dis, I clean the house if he does my laundry and he’s really good.
27:33
He’s also one of those people that does the laundry all within the hour of doing it.
27:36
Like, that’s so bad.
27:39
I like, do the laundry and then it doesn’t get done for like, three hours or like, three days and next day.
27:44
Yeah, it sits there, sits in the dryer.
27:47
Yep.
27:48
Because I’m like, it’s there, but I haven’t put it away.
27:50
He’s the person that, like, literally comes in and it does the laundry and executes it like an hour.
27:56
That’s good.
27:57
I need, I need that.
27:59
I’m gonna start it and then come back to it later.
28:01
Yeah, me too.
28:02
, ok.
28:05
So let’s go back to, like, women’s health.
28:10
Why is women’s health different?
28:12
We all have a circadian rhythm that sleep naturals 24 hour clock.
28:17
But as women, we have this biological clock that’s, you know, a month, a month long.
28:23
Yeah.
28:23
28 days.
28:24
Some, for some, it’s longer and men don’t have that.
28:27
Theirs is just the 24 hour clock.
28:29
So they don’t have this fluctuation of hormones that we have and that’s why we’re kind of, we go in waves and, yeah, they’re just completely different types of people.
28:40
They don’t have the same, yeah, they don’t have the same, the same things going on as us.
28:44
So,, yeah, but it’s just, I love being a woman.
28:48
I mean, I think it’s, I love having a cycle and I love tuning into it and I know a lot of people I hear so many of my clients say like, I hate having my period, but I’ve come to learn to love it because it’s just a really nice time to be with yourself and just reflect and I don’t know, you’re just very intuitive at that time.
29:05
Do you feel the same?
29:06
Oh, totally, I feel like we’ve done a our, our world, our culture and, and just have really done women into service and like installing these beliefs that like periods are bad and bleeding so bad.
29:16
Like you, there’s never been this like welcoming, just like the beliefs or the energy of brahma woman having her period.
29:23
Like I remember like just growing up when I was little, like the idea of getting a period in front of other people, I felt gross, the hes hes like hide.
29:32
And so I think that also impacts our bodies.
29:36
I don’t know how much that, how much you believe in that too.
29:38
But like the more that I’ve like welcomed my motor cycle and like welcomed my phases and loved every phase, like not just the Felicia population phase because like, you can get, we can obviously love those because we feel the best we look the best, like our energy, the way that we fill in our clothes, like it was really good, the first two, the first two seasons and like the more that we welcome our periods, like if we create this like loving and like this is our time to like go inward and not over this season and be beautiful.
30:08
Like it’s a part of us in life, you know, physically.
30:13
So that’s how I feel about it.
30:15
I love my period now.
30:16
But yeah, there was this last month where I got like really bad cramps but I can see things that are shifting.
30:21
I started taking this like one and with I was a little frustrated.
30:27
It’s called Z I’ll set them up.
30:29
Yeah, if all my boo it’s just a bit sex libido.
30:32
Ok.
30:33
I’ll tell you it hasn’t hit while we’re looking this up.
30:37
It’s in the other room, but I started taking it because not because I have a low libido.
30:43
Your bro does not have a low lido have any.
30:47
I’m pretty open about how much I love sex, but I was curious if it would impact and like, well, the, the tin sugar has a lot of really good ingredients and it’s like she has so many crazy reviews but enough cow fruit, a real saffron and da, da, da, you see it and I mean, that is always good for.
31:14
Yeah.
31:14
And so I started taking it and I am seeing difference in my cycle in other places.
31:19
But this last month I had like a pretty intense cramps.
31:24
Yeah, back in like a long time but I was bleeding a lot.
31:28
The last couple of months or my flows are like, were really heavy and then this one was like only two or three days.
31:34
And I sure, yeah.
31:35
Do you feel like you had more stress this month?
31:37
I did.
31:38
Yeah.
31:38
Yeah.
31:38
So it was definitely the more stress.
31:40
I mean, I’m in a season of like building a lot.
31:42
Yeah.
31:42
So I knew it was that and I also did not do a good job this last month of like actually like working out and taking care of myself.
31:50
So I was a little nick and then he was like, it’s like, yeah, but the day by myself, I was like, the only thing I could think about was like the fact that I just wasn’t giving myself space to me.
31:59
There’s a nurture in my body but like the next day was great.
32:03
The other days were great the day before my period, I was, I had the most energy.
32:06
So like I was in, I used to deal with like constipation before my period and see that before and that no longer was a thing this month.
32:15
So like there’s these other symptoms that are, like, regulating, well, just had really bad cramps that one night.
32:22
Yeah.
32:23
It’s probably from not doing as much like movement.
32:26
Right.
32:27
Really?
32:27
Think it was on, I think that moves the blood.
32:29
Right.
32:31
Yeah, it does.
32:33
Yeah, exactly.
32:35
It’s a estrogen, flushing.
32:37
And I need to be assisted.
32:39
Yeah, I have high estrogen, which I know about.
32:41
Yeah.
32:42
And just like blood stagnation.
32:43
It can sit, it can cause cramping pain.
32:45
So just moving is so good.
32:47
Just gentle movement, walking, moves the liver.
32:50
Yeah, I did not have as much time to do like my hot Pilates and my hot yoga and like I wanna know how I feel about hot.
32:59
Yeah, let me go.
33:01
I tell me like, don’t sweat but, but now I’ve only been doing it like once a week.
33:06
That’s good.
33:07
I say twice a week has been what I’ve been doing and I’ve been starting to go back to the gym which is good and like longer workouts.
33:13
Nice.
33:13
Yeah, cool.
33:14
But yeah, I really don’t know how we got to that topic here.
33:18
We are.
33:20
but I think that I think is something that I think it’s really important for anyone that’s listening is like you can create your life in a way that supports our hormones, our women’s health, our v and like all these little things are impacting us.
33:34
Everything is connected, everything is connected the and it’s, it’s difficult, right?
33:39
Like it’s like as a, as a human being, I, I mean to say as a woman, but as a human being living, it’s like, where do you focus your energy?
33:46
Do you focus your energy on going to therapy?
33:49
Do you focus your energy on optimizing your diet and your health?
33:52
Like do you focus your energy on healing your, your hormones?
33:55
Do you work on your digestive system?
33:57
And it’s like the truth is like be present with the most, I think.
34:02
And I would love your take on, this is like, be present with like the symptoms that are the most present right now.
34:07
But there are bodies like an onion.
34:08
You’ll eventually get to all the areas because all of the areas are connected.
34:13
Right.
34:14
Oh, yeah.
34:14
Totally.
34:15
Yeah, I know.
34:16
I agree.
34:16
I think you gotta, like, zone in on what it is that you really want to work on right now and do that thing and then it’s gonna start to unravel and then it will lead you to the next thing.
34:25
But it all is like, it’s all needed.
34:27
It really is.
34:28
We, we got to do all the different modalities because they work so good together.
34:33
I just start, I started working with an E MD A R therapist and it’s like, just crazy.
34:37
It’s amazing.
34:38
How’s it going?
34:39
I just can’t believe I haven’t done it until now.
34:42
Yeah.
34:42
But I do feel like it’s like one of the missing pieces and right.
34:45
Now, that’s what I need the most.
34:46
So, but they’re still doing the acupuncture and it’s everything to your point.
34:51
Right.
34:51
Like, and like, I also think, like, these practices come into our lives at the time we’re ready.
34:57
Right.
34:57
Like, I know it’s, it’s so, it’s so easy to get in the space of like, oh, I wish I started this years ago.
35:03
I wish I did this 36 months ago or like, why am I still experiencing this and like get mad at ourselves.
35:08
But the key thing is like trying these little things like what really works for us.
35:14
Yeah, it doesn’t work for us and like literally cracking our own code, but no one’s code is the same.
35:19
No and different things work for different people.
35:22
Yeah.
35:22
So you just have to, you just have to dabble and find what works for you and try different things.
35:27
Yeah.
35:28
If you were talking to a group of women.
35:31
Oh yeah.
35:31
And maybe it’s so pretty.
35:34
I’m staring at it and don’t realize we’re actually recording this in person.
35:39
So we’re like really close to each other which just makes me love bad that we’re doing this in person that she was just looking at my engagement ring.
35:46
What was I just about to say?
35:47
Oh, yeah, for any woman out there, like what’s like the number one advice or place to start or anything?
35:54
Like either you’re deep in your journey or not like what’s something that you could like, really hone in on as something that it’s not only a step that we just do for a season but, like, actually introduce it to our better life.
36:05
Well worth the gen one like that.
36:07
Maybe the few, couple of things that come to mind, start doing, just start doing it.
36:11
Yeah.
36:12
Oh, man.
36:13
So, I mean, I do believe regulating your nervous system, it’s one of the most important things and that just throws off so many parts of our, our body.
36:24
So any type of nervous system practice nervous system regulation, acupuncture, breathwork, yoga, somatic healing, working with a somatic therapist, even like talk therapy helps to regulate your nervous system because you’re getting things out, you know, you’re talking E MD R.
36:41
So I think grounding your nervous system and regulating it and doing those practices, whatever it is, you just have to really try.
36:49
And the, the ones that I just named, I feel like those have worked really well for me.
36:54
Of course, acupuncture, I just feel like that is one of the ones that like, I don’t know, even if you get it once a month, I think it, it will make a difference.
37:02
They’re beginning it once a week.
37:04
But yeah, but one, yeah, to your point, I mean, also I think the double way of moving acupuncture is the fact that you are moving all this blood in this fluctuation industry.
37:13
And I you the system, I’m so glad you brought that up.
37:17
So fun story where Kelsey actually saved my life.
37:21
Do you remember?
37:21
02 actually two big ones with acupuncture.
37:24
Really?
37:25
I’ve already started with this.
37:26
Like why did I not say that to the very person we did our reiki training together?
37:30
Oh Yeah, I had really bad cramps to the point like I felt like I was out, I forgot that I gave you acupuncture that day.
37:38
And so we went to get our Razy training and it was like, I was at her house and the very first day I was like, I think I get my period that day and I ended up getting my period that day and we were out of Laura Elliott’s house, but I don’t know if people know her.
37:51
She’s a master Reiki person and just super amazing in all the ways, but she’s most of an architectures and I was not feeling OK, like I was like hot sweat, sweating in somewhere and like bundled over and Laura was like, Kelsey was like, I can put some needles in her if you have any or something like that and you needles and you just put needles in me.
38:14
And like if it wasn’t for the acupuncture in that moment, I swear, I didn’t take a Tylenol.
38:18
I didn’t take any pain meds.
38:19
All we did was the acupuncture and he literally she gave you some tea and tea.
38:25
Yeah, it was some tea and honey tea, honey.
38:27
And I, and I literally became a new it and some cooked warm food.
38:31
Yeah.
38:31
And it was some nourishing food at that time.
38:33
Yeah.
38:34
All the three things.
38:35
Yeah.
38:35
So that’s one time you saved my life.
38:37
And the second one, she just started with this story.
38:39
I’m like, why did I think about this was when I got my facial, I got my first like skin peel and I had an allergic reaction.
38:48
Do you remember that?
38:49
You don’t remember?
38:50
Oh my gosh.
38:51
Like people over to your hood.
38:52
It’s like S os my whole face blew up in hives.
38:55
Oh, yeah, I do remember.
38:56
I do remember.
38:57
Yeah, I had self photos.
38:58
Oh my gosh.
38:59
I forgot about that.
39:00
I had an allergic reaction to I think the vitamin C serum or?
39:05
Wow.
39:06
Or the citrus something that had citrus in it because I found that like my skin, if I put topical vitamin C, I break out and like hives and remember I texted you was like, Kelsey, is there anything you can do?
39:16
And I came to your house like that night and I woke up the next morning and they were all gone.
39:20
I forgot about that.
39:21
You forgot about me?
39:23
Oh, I used to hell.
39:24
And there you saved my life.
39:25
Wow.
39:26
Yeah, that’s pretty cool.
39:27
It’s, it is good for, for anything like that.
39:30
Yeah.
39:30
So those are like, well, blames for like information you like, maybe we should put this at the beginning of the podcast episode, but you already get it at the beginning at the end.
39:37
But like it’s just, it just shows like in their urgent moments like a really does work.
39:43
And I also want to say like it has super helped me like I worked with you again when I got my breast implants removed and we did that for, we opened up everything before the surgery and like post surgery.
39:53
Yeah.
39:54
So it’s like things that we we can use acupuncture proactively just be in the middle of urgency like it’s supporting you.
40:01
I use you in those two moments of like urgency and it still really helps.
40:05
I can imagine like pretty well.
40:06
That feels to me like you after you actually implement and enjoy this your life like two weeks, every two weeks and month, once a month just to like be with your body and to help them.
40:16
Yeah.
40:16
And it just helps you if you have a meditation practice or whatever type of practice you have, it helps you drop into that, that deep meditative state.
40:25
Like it helps you get there faster and which can be really hard when we’re this regulated and our nervous system is not grounded.
40:32
Sometimes we need that like that push and acupuncture is a really good medicine to do that with it helps you get there and it just will benefit all those practices.
40:40
They all work together.
40:41
So nervous system healing.
40:44
Yeah, the topic around nervous.
40:45
So I feel like I need to do like this a purely nervous system episode because I’m so glad it he talked about now.
40:51
But like, what is it actually needed has an impact and it’s a lot of the work that I do too, like in nervous system and like learning to regulate your nervous system is like one of the biggest things that we can just learn in our day to day lives.
41:02
So we just don’t have.
41:03
But there’s also all these other practices that like get deeper into the subconscious of the Yeah.
41:07
And because the nervousness, we really like the foundation to a lot of this stuff like it’s like the missing piece.
41:15
It’s the root.
41:16
Yeah.
41:16
Really is because the trauma that we’ve experienced like that just throws us off from a young age.
41:21
Yeah.
41:22
And throughout life.
41:23
So totally.
41:25
Yeah.
41:25
And so I just that, but if you so much for things and not having a ma it was such a pleasure to talk about this and everything that you’ve done and do you want to share with them?
41:34
Like how can they find you?
41:35
Where can they connect with you and what you’re up to right now?
41:38
Sure.
41:39
So you can find me on social on Instagram at Doctor Kelsey Giselle.
41:44
I have my private practice in Solana Beach and you can come see me there if you want acupuncture or integrative healing sessions, cupping Maxa herbal medicine, nutrition, whatever it is that you want, I also do human design readings.
42:00
That’s always something fun that I love to do.
42:03
And yeah, I’m holding healing events as well.
42:06
So yes, in person events retreats.
42:11
so that will be on my social if you are interested in that.
42:16
And we’re doing monthly, monthly events gathering.
42:19
So nervous system, all nervous system based.
42:22
Nice that yeah, definitely.
42:24
Go for the in person stuff.
42:26
You would absolutely love it.
42:27
It was such a treat and maybe you’ll do something.
42:29
I get at one of my next events too.
42:31
Oh, I would love to.
42:32
Yeah.
42:33
Yeah, I loved your last event.
42:34
Yeah, it was amazing.
42:35
No, I need to do that again.
42:36
Like that was really good.
42:38
We’re gonna do, we’re gonna do an annual birthday for the podcast.
42:41
Nice.
42:41
So we had that one in October.
42:43
Oh, yeah.
42:44
Yeah.
42:44
But I thank you so much.
42:45
I love you.
42:46
I love you too.

Here’s what we chatted about in this episode:

  • Why acupuncture is a supportive healing modality
  • The common symptoms women are navigating today
  • Chinese Medicine Modalities for healing
  • How food is medicine 
  • Why nervous system regulation is so important
  • How Kelsey has not only saved me ONCE but TWICE in urgent situations with acupuncture

About Dr. Kelsey Corbett:

Dr. Kelsey Corbett possesses an insatiable curiosity for health and a deep understanding of the human body. Her journey towards healing and wellness began during her teens and early twenties when she faced chronic health issues. Frustrated by the lack of natural alternatives and preventative strategies, she discovered relief when she encountered a Chinese Medicine Doctor. Through regular sessions including acupuncture, eastern nutrition, herbs, mindfulness practices, yoga, energy work, and lifestyle adjustments, she experienced significant improvements in her mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Driven by her own transformative healing experiences, Dr. Kelsey developed an integrated healing approach that combines effective modalities. Her mission is to share these practices widely and support others on their healing journeys. She values a collaborative healing partnership that empowers both clients and practitioners, expressing deep gratitude to those who have entrusted her along the way.

Dr. Kelsey earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Sciences in San Diego, CA. She holds licenses and board certifications as an Acupuncturist and Clinical Herbalist in California and Massachusetts. Over the past decade, she has immersed herself in yoga and meditation, completing a 200-hour teacher training and 300-hour yoga psychology teacher training, while continually expanding her expertise. Her specialization includes mood disorders, nervous system healing, trauma recovery, women’s health, addiction recovery, prenatal/postnatal care, and autoimmune conditions.

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Instagram: @dr.kelseygiselle

Website: drkelseycorbett.com

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Karenna Soto

I’m an expert in communication, creating healthy professional and personal relaitonships, and in managing and overcoming anxiety with a knack for navigating difficult conversations both in personal and professional atmospheres. I am here to invite you into your fullest authentic expression and personal evolution.

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I know how debilitating it can feel to be stuck on the perpetual hamster wheel of a life that you don’t enjoy living. Sure, externally you’ve got it all together, but internally, it likely feels like you’re questioning E V E R Y T H I N G.

Can you relate?

It was when I felt disconnect with what I was doing, and with how I was showing up in my life that I realized the answers lied in how I was doing what I was doing that I decided I no longer wanted to keep living within the box of what I was told to be and decided to boldly express myself and stand for what truly mattered to me.

I have seen the power of fully expressing myself in my personal and professional life. Now I want to bring it to the masses, which is why I’ve created this podcast.

This podcast is my invitation to all people struggling to be fully expressed in life, relationships, and business. It’s for those who are wanting to feel A L I V E, connected, and in love with their life, relationships, and business.

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