Q & A WITH KIRBY GREY, LACOM
Kirby Teuila Grey is an acupuncturist, herbalist, bodyworker and spiritual practitioner hailing from Seattle, WA. After studying theology, Kirby decided that the best way to heal herself and others was to engage with Eastern Medicine and the healing arts. With these tools and her experience and observations of the world, Kirby seeks to help folks heal from the material and spiritual diseases that ail them; to reconnect and engage with themselves holistically, systematically and in unity.
Currently, she is working to create a framework that uses various tools, including ceremony, ritual, body movement, and storytelling to help people initiate, connect, and/or remember who they ARE. Whether it's a woman who's recently transitioned into motherhood, young adults in their transitions to adulthood, individuals reconnecting after addiction, or communities dealing with systematic oppression, Kirby welcomes them into her practice with an open heart.
What is PCOS in respect to your area of expertise?
PCOS, is commonly treated as Primary Amenorrhea, Infertility, or Uterine Fibroids (if those are present in a patient diagnosed with PCOS)
Chinese Medicine sees PCOS deriving from 3-4 root causes:
1. Kidney/liver Yang Deficiency
2. Qi and Blood Deficiency
3. Liver Qi Stagnation with Dampness
4. A combination of the above
when each of these root causes are treated, the symptoms of PCOS naturally resolve.
What are the PCOS symptoms?
Fatigue, Weak back and/or knees, delayed or lack of a menstrual cycle, problem with ovulation, hair loss, digestive complaints like bloating and constipation, pain with period, PMS, anxiety and/or depression, low libido, infertility, or miscarriage.
What are you currently doing for PCOS?
I am an acupuncturist that specializes in Women's Health. PCOS is one of many gynecological issues that I treat.
What are 5 key facts about PCOS that you would like the public to know?
1. Chinese Medicine is extremely effective in treating PCOS
2. PCOS is a constellation of varying symptoms that can all be treated with a combination of acupuncture and chinese herbs
3. Chinese Medicine is extremely effective in treating Infertility and Miscarriage
4. PCOS does not have to be a debilitating disease. Just people can live harmonious and fruitful lives with Type 1 Diabetes, PCOS patients can do the same!
What do you want to get out of helping women with PCOS?
Treating women with PCOS will help me to significantly change the cultural of fear and mystery that we have around the female anatomy, to a culture of wisdom, light, and strength. We should not fear the uterus, but embrace it's sacred power and use it as a tool. Just as we give great importance to the brain and the heart, we must give to the the female body.
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What interests you about serving on the PCOSAA Advisory Committee?
I want to be a voice of health and healing for women with PCOS. My goal is not only to let people know that I can successfully treat PCOS, but that Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture as a whole can treat this disease pattern as well.
I want to be able to be a consistent source of knowledge, expertise, and empowerment.
What can PCOSAA do, as an organization, to bring more awareness and to get more doctors to test women for PCOS?
I think its absolutely necessary for every health care practitioner to listen to women and what they are dealing with, do what they can to treat their patients, and refer them to specialists from all fields, so that women feel fully supported cared for.