Find Out How Acupuncture Can Relieve Stress

October 11, 2016
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Acupuncture can be a source of long-term stress relief. There are a number of stressors that life can throw your way. There are also a number of strategies for coping with stress. You may have tried a number of techniques to cope with your stress. You may have also found that many of them did not work for the long-term. Continue reading this blog to learn more details the link between acupuncture and stress relief.

Acupuncture can help to relieve work-related stress

Acupuncture has the capacity to restore the flow of qi, or energy, and increase the production of endorphins; which are known to be the body’s own painkillers. This greater state of balance will help you to get through your day in a manner that allows you to cope with your unexpected workplace stressors. There are some workplaces that will provide a benefits program that will cover acupuncture treatments. Find out if yours provides such coverage.

Acupuncture can help eliminate insomnia

Insomnia is often triggered by a prolonged amount of stress. This prolonged stress can have an impact on the quality of your sleep. When you meet with me, I will take the time to learn about sleep patterns. This information will help me to determine what meridians in your body are most affected by insomnia.

Acupuncture is a natural approach to alleviating stress

It may be tempting to take sleeping pills or other medications; however, they may not be the best option for you. Medications can often create unwanted side effects that may create more stress in your life. Because acupuncture does not involve the use of any substances, it does not come with any side effects. On the other hand, acupuncture does not replace medication. It’s always best to speak with your doctor if you are suffering from a mental illness to see if acupuncture is right for you.

How to make the stress relief last even longer

Although acupuncture has been known to provide long-term relief of stress, there are other ways to prolong its efficacy. These methods are also in the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine. They include the following.

  • Aromatherapy: Combined with acupuncture, aromatherapy has been proven to be extra effective in reducing stress.
  • Exercise: practicing exercises such as qigong and tai chi cultivate mindfulness while also reducing stress.
  • Dietary modifications: There may some foods that are contributing to your stress. I will offer you some suggestions that can help to reduce your stress.

Overall, these suggestions will complement your acupuncture treatments.


The Benefits of Combining Acupuncture Treatments With Mindful Breathing

September 5, 2016
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Last month, I hosted a seminar on mindful breathing at the Janati Yoga School in Kingston, Ontario. As an advocate for mindful breathing, I know that there is a strong connection between mindful breathing and acupuncture. If you happened to miss this seminar, this month’s blog will provide you with more information on how acupuncture can be especially effective when it’s combined with mindful breathing techniques.

Mindful breathing combined with acupuncture is an effective form of stress relief

Many people receive acupuncture treatments as a means of relieving stress, anxiety, or any mood related disorders. Mindfulness allows us to be present in the moment so that we may live our lives to the fullest potential. Mindful breathing starts with allowing ourselves to become fully aware of our breath. Mindful breathing becomes an added benefit to receiving acupuncture treatments as a form of stress relief.

Mindful breathing promotes the flow of Qi

For tonification, the needle is inserted as you exhale. After a period of time, the needle is withdrawn on inhalation. For sedation, the needle is inserted on the inhalation. After a period of time, the needle is withdrawn on exhalation. These results allow the body to be in the best position to promote the flow of Qi. Qi or life-force includes blood, lymphatic fluids, and nutrients which allow for the proper functioning of all organs. The brain and emotions are greatly influenced by this Qi flow. Breath is like the vehicle that drives the Qi flow.

Mindful breathing resets the mind-body balance

It is often the case that our minds become disconnected from what our bodies are doing. We commit to actions without really thinking about why we’re doing them. It’s especially common in today’s faced paced world of technology. During my acupuncture session, I encourage my clients to continue their practice of mindful breathing once the needles are inserted. Doing so will allow the mind and body to synergize effectively, thereby creating greater mind-body balance.

Mindful breathing provides a regulatory response to the para sympathetic and sympathetic nervous system

In general, diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the vagus nerve and helps regulate the relationship of the para sympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. The vagus nerve is a part of the brain that controls the para sympathetic nervous system, which controls your relaxation response. The sympathetic nervous system actives the commonly known “fight or flight” response. The following breath cycle can stimulate the vagus nerve: inhaling will expand your rib cage to you maximize your comfort, pausing, and emptying your lungs slowly and longer than your inhale. I maintain this rhythm of diaphragmatic breathing throughout the treatment to foster a calm state of mind.

This information provides you with an overview of what to expect when mindful breathing is combined with acupuncture sessions. This information may seem complex. If you have any questions at all, you can always feel free to ask me questions. Your sessions will be tailored to your unique needs. Mindfulness is a practice that requires dedication and persistence. Similar to acupuncture, it takes multiple sessions in order to create lasting and effective results. Overall, mindful breathing combined with acupuncture facilitates the flow of Qi and thus promotes health.  Feel free to come to my clinic to experience these benefits for yourself or contact me for a complimentary 15 minute consultation session to learn more.

Learn how acupuncture can make menopause an enjoyable transition

August 4, 2016
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Menopause is a time of transition for women who also experience a wide range of unwanted symptoms. Such symptoms include migraines, insomnia, hot flashes, and mood swings. The frequency and severity of these symptoms can vary for each woman. Acupuncture is a natural form of treatment that can provide relief from such symptoms.

Traditional Chinese medicine’s perspective of menopause

Menopause occurs when a woman no longer ovulates. This major change can bring some unwanted symptoms as the body tries to adapt to the decrease in estrogen production. Although menopause has often been given a reputation in Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine presents it in a more positive light. Western medicine’s approach to treating menopausal symptoms have been proven to be effective. However, these benefits are only short term and can often provide unwanted side effects that can make women feel worse. Instead of adding more estrogen to the body, traditional Chinese medicine looks at correcting any existing imbalances. While following the methods of traditional Chinese medicine, women are relying on their body’s natural resources to improve any imbalances that may be present, thereby potentially making menopause a more enjoyable transition.

Acupuncture Provides Relief from Hot Flashes

Hot flashes appear to be the most common symptoms among women who are going through menopause. Acupuncture can help provide relief naturally and reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. This can be great news especially during the hot summer months. While it may take a few sessions to start seeing results, the time is all worth it. Acupuncture allows the body to naturally stimulate the production of estrogen and progesterone in a risk-free manner while reducing the occurrence or severity of hot flashes. The body’s chemistry naturally adjusts as the acupoints are activated from acupuncture sessions.

Acupuncture can reduce mood swings and instances of  insomnia

Acupuncture’s capacity to increase the production of endorphins will leave you feeling relaxed, happier, and better able to sleep. All of these great results can lead women to have a more positive perspective on this significant life transition.

Ways to complement your acupuncture sessions

Women who exercise on a regular basis and follow a healthy diet are much more likely to see relief from their menopausal symptoms in a shorter period of time. When you meet with me for acupuncture sessions, I can offer you specific dietary and lifestyle recommendations to best suit your needs. For example, green tea being is rich in antioxidants. Increasing your intake can potentially improve your overall well being. Here are some great green tea frozen yogurt recipes to will help you stay cool and healthy during your hot flashes.

Menopause does not have to be a time of dread and anguish. Because very woman has a different experience with menopause, the treatment regimen should also be different. If you’re a woman who is going through unpleasant menopausal symptoms, and you’d like to learn more about how I can help you, then feel free to contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session!

Why Summer Is A Great Time for Acupuncture Treatments

July 4, 2016
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It’s officially summertime and we couldn’t be happier to go out and make the most of this beautiful weather. Every day counts during this time of year. What you may not know is that summertime is also a great time to receive facial acupuncture treatments.  Here are some more details on how facial acupuncture treatments will make your summer feel even brighter!

What happens to your skin in the summer?

In the summer, your skin is exposed to a variety of different elements: UV rays from the sun, chemicals from improper sunscreen, chlorine from the pool, and allergic reactions from certain plants . All of these factors have the potential to wreak havoc on your skin.

How facial acupuncture improves your skin during the summer

Facial acupuncture is a full body treatment that helps to restore the appearance of any skin problem that can arise during the summer.

  • Facial acupuncture improves the look of your skin in the summer

If your skin is dry from a heat rash or overexposure to chlorine, facial acupuncture can help hydrate and replenish your skin. Facial acupuncture treatments can boost your blood circulation and improve muscle tone. If you want that summer glow, facial acupuncture can provide that for you in a natural way. You may not even need to use bronzer for your beauty routine!

Although facial acupuncture treatments start at the face, you will experience the benefits all over the body. Because of that, you may notice that your skin’s appearance has improved everywhere.

  • Facial acupuncture helps you feel great on the inside during the summer

Aside from the external benefits that facial acupuncture provides in the summer, there are a number of internal benefits that facial acupuncture can provide.  Facial acupuncture has the capacity to restore feelings of relaxation. If your allergies or allergy medications are making you feel sluggish and drowsy, facial acupuncture can help you to restore your energy or qi. You may also notice that you sleep patterns are disrupted from the heat and the extended daylight hours. The increased production of endorphins that come from facial acupuncture will help you to relax and have a better night’s sleep in the summer. In addition, facial acupuncture can prevent the buildup of toxins in the body. This can be especially helpful if there’s been changes to your diet in the summer. These changes, whether good or bad, can disrupt the system. When you meet with me for a treatment, I can offer some dietary solutions to help complement your sessions.


With our skin being the body’s largest organ, it’s very important to take extra care of it all year. While enjoying various activities in the summer, make sure to keep the quality of your skin in mind. Facial acupuncture will help you look and feel great this summer so that you can make the most of every day! Feel free to book a complimentary 15 minute consultation session with me to learn more about how I can help you!



Why Children Can Have Acupuncture Treatments

June 8, 2016
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Last month, I explained how Acupuncture can help asthma sufferers. Since asthma is a condition which is often experienced among children, I thought it would be helpful to explain how Acupuncture can be an appropriate form of treatment for kids who experience a wide range of conditions. Here on some more details on why children can have Acupuncture treatments.

Conditions which Acupuncture treats

Children who suffer from ADHD, asthma, allergies, or migraines can find relief from Acupuncture. Acupuncture can also provide pain relief for children who suffer from juvenile arthritis, Lyme disease, or juvenile fibromyalgia, dental pain, sinus pain, and back pain. The treatments can be considered as a safe alternative to medications.

Acupuncture can also boost your child’s immunity. If you’re sick of getting sick from your kids, then maybe it’s time to consider Acupuncture. Acupuncture can help to protect your child from common colds, flus, and other illnesses which children tend to experience.

Acupuncture treatments are not always about needles

Children can still have Acupuncture even if they’re afraid of needles.  The superfine needles used for Acupuncture treatments are not as painful as the needles used for injections and blood tests. In addition, I can offer alternative methods of treatment that do not involve needles. For example, Acupressure is a form of treatment that can help alleviate nausea that children may experience from cancer treatments.  In this case, Acupuncture serves as a complementary form of treatment.

Acupuncture teaches children healthy skills early on in life

Many people who seek Acupuncture in adulthood reap the benefits of Acupuncture later on in life. The benefit of providing children with Acupuncture treatments is that they learn essential knowledge and attitudes about their bodies early on in life. By receiving Acupuncture treatments, children can learn to build a solid foundation of understanding. First, early exposure to treatment introduces children to an alternative mode of healing. They can learn that Western medicine is not the only form of treatment. In the process of receiving Acupuncture treatments, children also gain a thorough understanding of how to connect with their bodies in a healthy and non-judgemental manner. The feelings of relaxation and anxiety relief that result from Acupuncture treatments help children to foster these positive connections with their bodies. Overall, the healthy skills can help children to take greater ownership of their health and well being. Gaining this set of knowledge and skills are essential for all children. In addition, these skills highlight the notion that Acupuncture provides a holistic set of benefits for children no matter what their health status is.


Hopefully this blog has shed light on the idea that Acupuncture treatments are not exclusive to adults. The time to start treatments is dependent upon a child’s age, comfort level and stage of development.  If you have children, and you are considering Acupuncture as a form of treatment, feel free to contact me to learn more about how I can help. Your first visit with me will include a complimentary 15-minute consultation session.

How Acupuncture Can Improve Quality of Life for Asthma Sufferers

May 10, 2016
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May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month. Allergies and asthma tend to be at their peak season around this time of year. It’s important to educate and inform your family, friends, and colleagues of the severity of these conditions. Many of you in Kingston who suffer from both asthma and allergies understand how bad asthma and allergies can be. Pollens and allergens seem to be highly aggressive in this part of Ontario. Unfortunately, your symptoms may worsen as the summer months progress.  The higher proportion of allergens in the air can be significantly disruptive for those who suffer from asthma.  Last month, I explained how acupuncture can alleviate allergies.  In this blog, I’ll give your more details on how acupuncture can provide relief for asthma sufferers.

What asthma means in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Although Western medicine proposes that asthma is an illness centrally focused within the lungs, Traditional Chinese Medicine classifies asthma as a disorder among many parts of the body. The lungs, kidneys, and stomach are all affected by asthma. When the stomach is not functioning correctly, there is an accumulation of phlegm that congests the lungs.  Traditional Chinese Medicine also indicates that asthma is caused by a blockage of qi or energy within the body. A disruption of qi in the stomach can interfere with the downward motion of the lungs, thereby creating breathing problems.  The kidneys aid the downward movement of the lungs and as a result they are also affected by asthma. Because asthma is a condition that develops in childhood, it is believed that children have also developed illnesses within the kidneys. If you have a child who has asthma, it’s a good idea to start treatments early. If you’re wondering whether acupuncture is a safe treatment method for children, feel free to read this article for more information.

Overall, Traditional Chinese Medicine investigates the root cause of asthma and helps to alleviate any deficiencies within the body. Acupuncture also allows you to take greater ownership and control of your overall health.

How acupuncture helps to alleviate asthma

Acupuncturists focus on the acupoints along the lungs, kidney, and stomach. The acupoints around the bladder are also treated as a way to improve the health of the lungs, kidneys, and stomach. As a result, the qi blockages are resolved. If you suffer from asthma, you will notice that acupuncture treatments will alleviate your symptoms of coughing, wheezing, pain and tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing.

As of right now, there is no cure for asthma. However, acupuncture can help to improve your quality of life and help you to breathe better. Acupuncture is not intended to replace inhalers for asthma. I would recommend that you speak with your doctor before seeking acupuncture treatment.  As a fully licensed and experienced acupuncturist, I would be glad to help you get the relief you need from your asthma. If you are eligible for treatments, feel free to contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session.

Acupuncture Can Help Heal Your Running Injury

April 25, 2016
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Spring is finally here and for many people that means it’s time to get off the treadmill and start running outdoors. If you’re a frequent runner, you may be more likely to have an injury. Running can bring a lot of ware and tear on the lower limbs. Common injuries include: inflammation, swelling, acute strains and sprains, low back pain, tendonitis, bursitis, and plantar fasciitis. Here’s what acupuncture can do to help alleviate those injuries associated with running.

The type of acupuncture used for running injuries

Although the traditional form of acupuncture is effective in healing running injuries, electro-acupuncture is another commonly used approach.  With this approach, the same acupuncture needles are used for your treatment sessions. An electrode is attached to the needles in order to allow a gentle vibration and increase the stimulation of qi or energy. In addition, these gentle vibrations push fluid out of the injured area and encourage greater blood circulation and muscle relaxation. Electro-acupuncture sessions are typically shorter because a stronger stimulus is used for the treatment.

Acupuncture speeds up the healing process

Although your doctor may have advised you to take a break from running for a certain period of time, acupuncture can shorten that break with its amazing benefits and faster healing time. This is great news for those of you who are getting ready for a race or working to improve endurance training.

Acupuncture investigates the root causes of your injury

Your injury might have been caused by a multitude of factors: tension in the muscles, poor oxygen flow, poor bone health, and any other underlying condition. As your acupuncturist, I can conduct a differential diagnosis to help determine the root cause of your injury so that you can have a better understanding of it. Hopefully this greater understanding can provide you with the tools and techniques that are necessary to help you continue running.

Acupuncture is a natural form of treatment

In contrast to most pain medications or anti inflammatory medications, you will not experience any unwanted side effects with acupuncture treatments. Some anti inflammatory medications can produce side effects such as ulcers, internal bleeding, and kidney dysfunction. These side effects can affect your quality of life and possibly your ability to continue running. A positive side effect of acupuncture treatment is that you’ll have more energy to run and continue other activities you love!

Running can still be enjoyable as long as you’re careful and you seek the right treatment to heal any injuries you face. Acupuncture may not be for everyone who suffers from a running related injury. There may be larger problems that cannot be treated by acupuncture. Make sure you speak with your family doctor before seeking acupuncture treatment or any other energy replacement therapy. If you’re eligible for treatment and you’d like to learn more about how I can help heal your specific running injury, feel free to contact me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session. I’d be happy to help you get back on your feet again!

Cosmetic Acupuncture Is A Full Body Treatment

April 18, 2016
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Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as facial acupuncture can be a treatment for the whole body. Although the focus is on the face, you may be surprised to learn how cosmetic acupuncture can be a great head to toe treatment. Keep reading this blog to find out what to expect from a total body treatment such as cosmetic acupuncture.

Differential diagnosis

According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the skin can tell us a lot about our health and well being. With the skin being the body’s largest organ, it’s important to take good care of it and be aware of its changes. Your initial session with me will involve an assessment your skin’s current condition and any potential problems affecting it. Once we come up with a treatment plan that’s right for you, you should expect to have at least 10 treatment sessions with me. Each session will focus on a specific part of your face that is affecting your health and well being. The face serves as the starting point at which you’ll receive the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture.

Cosmetic acupuncture improves immune functioning

By focusing on the correct meridians in the body, cosmetic acupuncture can stimulate the body’s natural processes of cell reproduction and growth.

Cosmetic acupuncture enhances the aging process

Many people receive cosmetic acupuncture treatments to reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. While these features are superficial signs of aging, there are other parts of the aging process that cosmetic acupuncturists can treat.  When it comes to aging, every one of us has a different experience. Because of that, we should expect to have a different treatment regimen. Cosmetic acupuncture will help treat conditions and problems associated with your unique aging experience. Cosmetic acupuncture can help to improve hormonal balance and delay the onset of hair loss and greying.

Cosmetic acupuncture is a holistic approach to beauty

Present day society overloads us with several ideals for health and beauty. But cosmetic acupuncture teaches us that good health can be the way to look and feel beautiful. When you meet with me for a treatment session, I will provide you with alternative approaches to help prolong the efficacy of your cosmetic acupuncture treatment sessions. Such approaches include dietary and lifestyle recommendations. There are certain Chinese herbs which increase longevity and improve beauty. I’ll make specific recommendations on the types of herbs you can take to reap the greatest benefits.

Cosmetic acupuncture helps improve self perception

The increased stimulation of endorphins from cosmetic acupuncture sessions helps to improve your self perception. It’s often the case when you look and feel attractive, you are confident in your ability to make decisions for yourself and those around you. When we have that capability to do that, we can do a world of good.


If you want to have a treatment that helps you look and feel great all over, then cosmetic acupuncture might be right for you. Contact me for a complimentary 15 minute consultation to learn more!





Acupuncture Can Provide Effective Allergy Relief

April 11, 2016
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Now that spring is here, most people can’t wait to go outside. But allergy sufferers would rather stay indoors than face the multiple allergens and pollens in the air. However, acupuncture can provide effective relief from the usual allergy symptoms you face. Here’s some more information on how you can find relief during the spring and summer months.

Why It’s Important To Have More Than One Acupuncture Treatment

April 4, 2016
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It takes a series of treatment sessions for acupuncture to truly be effective. Every body is different with its own unique set of needs. As a result, there is no set formula for determining the number of acupuncture sessions for a specific need. To learn more about why you should plan to have more than one acupuncture treatment, keep reading this blog.