In traditional Chinese medical theory, one of the best ways to stay healthy is to live in balance with the seasons. Balance, in this context, means mindfully crafting your diet and certain aspects of your lifestyle based on what season it is. An easy way to think about this is with fruits and vegetables: we are lucky these days to have grocery stores stocked year round with fruits and vegetables from every corner of the globe at all times of year. That makes it possible to en
Happy New Year! It has been quite some time since I have written a blog post. Since moving my practice to my home in Sherwood Park this past spring, my schedule has become jam packed with people wanting to find wellness in body, mind, and spirit. For this I am incredibly grateful, though it is my intention for 2019 to be a bit more consistent in communicating with you all through blog posts and newsletters. Speaking of intentions, do you have any? Notice I said intentions NOT
Winter, in most places, is a time of colder, shorter days. So naturally, when there is less reason to be outdoors, the body tends to want to stay inside where it is warmer. The body’s metabolic rate will be slower, which means eating foods full of sugars can become detrimental over time. When the metabolic rate slows, the body naturally holds onto fat and we gain weight. Just as most animals hibernate throughout the colder winter months, so too should human beings take the in
I can't believe it has been a year since I opened my clinic in Sherwood Park! This year has surpassed all my expectations and I owe it's success to you, my clients. Without your support, I wouldn't be able to do what I love: Helping YOU! So many of you have been happy to share the benefits of acupuncture with your friends and family, and I want to thank you for it from now on. When you refer a friend, tell them to put your name in the referral box when they book online and a
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, otherwise known as “spastic colon,” is a common disorder that affects the colon and causes many disruptive symptoms. Many of these symptoms can be managed with a simple change in diet and lifestyle. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture may be able to help. IBS symptoms may include gas, bloating, alternating constipation and diarrhea, pain, mucus, an uncomfortably full feeling and abdominal cramping. Most of these symptoms develop over time, and t
Today is Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year.
Or as it is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine,
The day of upmost yin. (I like to refer to it as the Yin-iest day of the year)
In TCM Yin represents darkness, winter, cool weather, death or transformation, rest, the solid material aspects of our being, and the divine feminine energies.
As uncomfortable as this darkness my feel, there is a loving, nurturing quality to Yin.
It calls us to go within, to recognize,
Keep a routine It is especially easy to lose your normal routine during the holidays due to festivities and the special occasions that tend to happen this time of year. Don’t abandon your healthy habits, keep your usual routine of diet and exercise, which is especially important when holiday foods and drinks come around. Try keeping a calendar to keep better track of your schedule. Prioritize It is easy to take on too much during this time of year. On top of your normal sched
Do you ever feel your life's a ride that won’t ever stop? How many nights do you wait for Mr. Sandman to magically appear? How often do you truly take time for yourself? Do you have aches and pains almost daily? Are over-the-counter or prescription medications controlling your life? When was the last time you actually felt at peace? If any of these questions resonate with you, then it might be time to look at Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for an answer. People
I have been sick for over 5 days now. From sore throat, fever, coughing, head and body aches to a sneezing, runny, raw, red plugged up nose. I've got it all. and nothing seems to be touching it. I have had to call in sick at work more than once this week and today I was so exhausted from it all that I was late for a meeting. It's been so inconvenient!!! But if there is one thing I have learned from living with a chronic autoimmune disease, it's that healing is not convenient.
I put this idea out there, I asked friends, colleagues, and family members. Everyone said that it is probably not the best idea. So I decided to do it. I've always been a bit of a rebel. What is it you ask? Well, it's this. If you have been following my blog, you have probably noticed it's a whole lotta shop talk. Really that's all it has been. Sharing acupuncture studies, treatments, and successes. Sharing lists of tips and tricks to stay healthy is one thing, but I have dec
Tips to keep your kids healthy as they head back to school It’s that time of year again. The new school year is upon us. Amidst your frantic trips to the store to buy school supplies and new clothes for the kids it’s easy to forget about staying healthy. And if you think you are the only one this happens to, don’t worry you’re not. Within the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is easy to forget about nourishing your body the right way sometimes. Here are a few tips and tri
If you suffer from headaches, you are not alone. Over 50 million of us experience some form of a severe headache at some point in our lives. Whether you experience minor head pain or severe migraines, headaches can take valuable time out of your day and your life, and leave you searching for relief. Many seek relief by reaching for drugs and other medications. This may work temporarily and can help you get out of pain fast. Unfortunately, common headache medications do not ad
Although sun protection is extremely important to protect against harmful UV-rays and to prevent skin cancer, next time you pick out your sunscreen, consider what you’re buying. Many common sunscreens actually contain chemicals that can be harmful to your body. Chemicals to avoid in common sunscreens: Oxybenzone Retinol palmitate Methoxycinnamate Octinoxate Padimate O/PABA Nano or Micronized mineral particles There are several and easy ways to make effective and natural homem
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) summer is the season of upmost yang. Yang is vibrant, energetic, expansive, expressive. It is a time full of life, of zest, of activity. Spending most of the year holed up at home due to the dark Canadian winters, it makes sense that we would go all out all as soon as the sun starts setting later than 4pm! The warmer weather and longer days means our time away from the office is filled with gardening, camping, sporting events, pool partie
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a common condition that is characterized by pain and jaw dysfunction. TMJ is used to describe a wide range of conditions associated with jaw pain and restricted jaw movement. While TMJ isn't life-threatening, it can negatively impact a person's quality of life, causing bouts of insomnia, stress, pain and disability. It's estimated that up to 30 percent of the world's adult population suffers from TMJ, most of whom are between the a
How acupuncture helps Acupuncture treats the patient by addressing the whole body. When the body is out of balance, pain and illness can arise. Acupuncture works by returning the body back to its natural balance and energy flow to eliminate pain and to improve overall health. There are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the body. When these specific points are stimulated through small acupuncture needles, it can help relieve pain by improving the body’s nervous system, whi
How the NADA protocol helps treat addiction NADA, which stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, was established in 1985 to promote the NADA protocol acupuncture treatment for addiction. The non-profit organization promotes advocacy and the use of a non-verbal, pharmaceutical free approach to behavioral health. The protocol uses five specific acupuncture points on the ear to treat addiction and to be an alternative to methadone. The NADA protocol differ
There are more than 80 chronic illnesses that are immune related including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, celiac disease and one I personally struggle with, hashimoto thyroiditis. Autoimmune diseases result when the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body’s tissues. Immune deficiency is more common than most people think; around 20 percent of the population suffers from some form of an autoimmune disorder, acco
Meridian Yoga is a form of yoga that actively works with the same meridian system as acupuncture. This form of yoga uses poses to activate and balance energy in the 14 meridian paths. These meridian paths are known as the energy pathways in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they allow your body and energy to flow and function properly. Meridian Yoga will improve the function of your organs and allow your body to be in its healthiest state physically and mentally. Below are
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart can be considered the most important organ in the body. All other organs connect to the heart and help the heart function as best it can. According to TCM, regulated blood circulation depends on the heart’s energy flow, or Qi. When the heart does not have enough Qi and is deficient in Yang, it can result in poor blood circulation, weak pulse, palpitations and chest pain. A Heart Yang deficiency is associated with coldness. When Yang