Breast Health

Lactating or non-lactating, with male or female anatomy, breasts are an amazing part of our body.

While most breast symptoms could pass with time, they are often associated with underlying imbalances and unresolved emotions that need attention. Listen to the silent voices your body is giving and take the opportunity to restore your health.

Almost all of the listed conditions are best treated with Chinese Medicine (which includes Acupuncture) to address the cause(s) of your concerns and to restore Health.

Massage Therapy can be used as a local and soft tissue therapy. 

Do you find yourself and/or your concern(s) here?

Non-Lactating Breasts

Pain

Premenstrual swelling
Fibrocystic Breasts

benign lumps

Breast Cancer Prevention
Cancer Treatment Support

Shame, Guilt, Trauma

Body image

Family Challenges

Pre/Post Surgery

Augmentation & Reduction

Implants & Reconstruction

Mastectomy, Lumpectomy

Lymphedema

Scars & Adhesions

Shame, Guilt, Trauma

Fear, Anger, Pity

Body Image

Lactating Breasts

Prenatal Breast Swelling

Engorgement, Nipple Pain

Blocked ducts, Blebs

Mastitis (Acute & Recurrent)

Induced Lactation/Relactation

Low Milk Supply

Weaning Support

Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex

(sadness when breastfeeding)

Please note:

Chinese Medicine (and Acupuncture) and Massage Therapy are separate entities and each of them requires a separate intake and assessment and are billed as such. Thus they cannot be offered in the same appointment.

Ask Akari

Does breast massage hurt?


None of the treatments is forceful.

When the area is painful, the techniques are adjusted to ensure they will not cause more pain than you are already experiencing.

However, there might be some degree of discomfort that can be experienced while working on the areas (as often experienced when you receive massage therapy on other body parts such as shoulders).

Your comfort level is important, and you are encouraged to express it during the treatment.

Chinese Medicine (which could include Acupuncture) can be a great alternative as these treatments do not involve direct manipulations on the breasts and both are great at easing pain.




Do you needle my breasts with acupuncture?


It is a valid concern, and no, no needles will be placed in your breasts in most cases.

Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is different from dry needling that massage therapists, physiotherapists, and/or chiropractors do.

It is a unique system that allows practitioners to treat the body and pain indirectly, and I take full advantage of this to use the system so that sensitive areas like breasts are not needled and still are treated effectively.

The only small cases that "might" require local needles in breasts are:

- to treat stubborn scars (often very shallow needling around the scars and occasionally into the scar if you are comfortable)

- around the confirmed benign lump that doesn't respond to other treatments such as herbs and breast massage (needles are often placed in a very shallow way and they do not penetrate into the breast tissues and/or the lump)

You will be informed before your breast(s) are needled, and you are empowered to say no if you are not comfortable.




I am lactating. Are herbs safe for me and my baby?


Most herbs are safe during lactation, and as a health professional with herbal education and license, I will ensure that I prescribe the right herbs at the right dosage for your concerns.




What are the common herbs you use to boost milk supply?


This is not an easy question to answer.

Chinese herbology is individualized and several herbs are formulated in a balanced way to support one's health, including milk supply challenges, and the formulation would depend greatly on the individual patient's health status.

We also want to make sure that the milk is effectively being removed from the breasts before "boosting" the milk supply to avoid further lactation troubles such as blocked ducts and mastitis.

The best way to explore herbal options for milk supply is to have a herbal consultation with a trained professional.

You are welcome to book a free Discovery Call to start your journey with me.




What is Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER)?


Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) is a newly defined phenomena that could happen to a small percentage of lactating people and it is also described as "sadness when breastfeeding"

It is characterized as sudden negative emotions (dysphoria) just before letdown (milk ejection) that leaves within 30 seconds to 2 minutes, after which the person is otherwise fine.

It is thought to be a neurotransmitter imbalance, particularly with a sudden drop in dopamine (happy hormone) level with letdown.

Source: https://d-mer.org/





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253 Danforth Avenue

(Lower Level)

Toronto, ON, Canada

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