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If You’re Serious About Quitting Smoking, Then Give Acupuncture a Try

February 3, 2016
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The decision to quit smoking is an important one to make. Not only is it the right decision, but it is one that requires commitment and dedication.  If you’re a smoker and want to quit smoking, then acupuncture may help you stick to that decision. Acupuncture treatments become most effective for those who are serious about their decision to quit smoking. You may have tried to quit a number of times and found yourself to struggle. They key is not to  give up. Maybe you just needed better tools to help you along the way. Give acupuncture a try and see how it can lead to a positive change in your life.


What to expect with your acupuncture treatments

When it comes to acupuncture and smoking cessation, the most common technique is Auricular acupuncture. Basically, this technique involves inserting very thin needles along the outer portion of the ear, or the auricle. The ear is known to contain a number of therapeutic points as starting points that are connected with acupoints in the body. Once these acupoints are stimulated, the needles send impulses in the brain that help regulate internal organs, relieve joint and muscle pains, and reduce cravings.

Your acupuncturist may interview you to learn more about your smoking habits. In addition, your pulse, blood pressure, and tongue will be assessed. This information will help the acupuncturist provide you with a customized treatment plan. Because every smoker has different habits and different health histories, it is often more helpful to have a treatment plan that is specific to their needs. In addition to acupuncture treatments, your acupuncturist may recommend dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and Chinese herbs as ways to complement your treatments. When you’re trying to quit smoking, it is best to use a number of sources of support to help you along the way. Your smoking habit may be attributing to other habits affecting your overall health. By altering these habits, you are leading the way to a smoke free and healthier life!

How the treatments help you to quit

It is recommended that you start your acupuncture treatments before you quit smoking. Early treatments will allow help you to avoid the unpleasant side effects of nicotine withdrawal. Also, your dependency on nicotine may be reduced before you actually quit.

Acupuncture treatments have been found to be widely effective in curbing nicotine cravings. When the appropriate acupoints have been stimulated, the increased release of endorphins help the body to relax and relieve anxiety. Many smokers choose to smoke to relieve stress. But with this increased number of endorphins, you may find that you won’t need that harmful form of stress relief. The increased endorphins can also help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms.

When you’re ready to quit smoking, know that you can always get help in the process. If you’d like to learn more about how my acupuncture treatments can help you achieving this goal, then feel free to contact me to book a complimentary 15-minute consultation session!

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution For Better Weight Management with Acupuncture

January 18, 2016
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If you’ve had one too many indulgences over the past holiday season, and you aim to get back on track with your weight management goals, then acupuncture may be the right solution for you! Optimal weight management involves keeping your physical and mental well being in balance. Acupuncture alleviates common physical and mental conditions by way of a thorough investigation of the root causes of the problems affecting your ability to manage your weight. Let’s have a look at how acupuncture can help you achieve your goals for weight management.

How Acupuncture Can Play a Role in Cancer Prevention

December 7, 2015
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As of 2011, cancer has been the leading cause of death among Canadians. While many of us are on a journey to reduce our chances of living with cancer, acupuncture can serve as an effective means of achieving that goal. Acupuncturists start the process by investigating your diagnostic system and health history in order to determine the existing imbalances in the organs. This proactive approach will help you to attain a greater sense of awareness of your current risk factors and how you can take a preventative approach toward cancer. Here are further details on how acupuncture helps you to prevent cancer.

Restores balance and keeps the system in optimal shape

Once the existing imbalances in your body have been identified, I will offer guidance in helping you to restore balance.  Acupuncture also helps to strengthen the immune system which in effect becomes an essential in cancer prevention. The body becomes more likely to undergo its natural processes of cell reproduction and growth.

Acupuncture helps to prevent other disorders that can lead to cancer

There are a number of disorders that can lead to cancer. Also, if your work or home environment places you at a risk of increased exposure to carcinogenic elements and toxins, acupuncture can help you to be aware of the toxins that are building up in your system. In addition, your detailed health history assessment will help you determine what other diseases you may be at risk of contracting.

Acupuncture combined with dietary and lifestyle factors can prevent cancer

The effects of acupuncture become enhanced through following a healthy dietary and lifestyle regimen. As a certified RAC and RTCMP who uses Traditional Chinese Medicine to improve imbalances, I provide recommendations on Chinese herbs that will reduce your chances of getting cancer through the removal of toxins present in your body. The recommendations I will offer are specific to your body’s needs.

Exercise also plays a vital role in stress reduction and cancer prevention. In relation to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is recommended that exercises of yoga, tai chi, and qigong are practiced on a regular basis. A healthy diet rich in organic produce, fiber, and soy is paramount to maintaining the effects of your regular exercise and acupuncture treatment routine.  After all, you don’t want all your progress to go to waste.

When it comes to cancer prevention, acupuncture allows you to take greater control. With carcinogens being so widespread, it can seem overwhelming to prevent cancer. However, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed when you receive acupuncture treatments. You may even feel more relaxed as a result of your treatments. Acupuncture allows you to be more in tune with your body’s functioning. This heightened awareness will hopefully encourage you to learn the preventative measures you need to take to live a cancer free life. If you would like to get started in taking better control of your cancer prevention, feel free to contact me to book a complimentary 15 minute consultation session.

Improve Your Fertility with Acupuncture

December 7, 2015
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Acupuncture is a common method to improve fertility. Among the many options of fertility treatments, acupuncture is a natural and safe method that investigates the root causes of infertility. Knowledge of these causes allows couples to take greater control of the internal and external factors that may be affecting their fertility. Couples who are experiencing difficulties in getting pregnant may turn to alternative sources of fertility treatment. Although these methods have been proven to be effective, the combined effect of acupuncture and alternate methods increases the chances of pregnancy. Continue reading this article to learn more about how acupuncture treatments can improve your fertility.

Acupuncture Lowers Stress

Acupuncture allows the body to reduce the production of the stress hormone called cortisol. When it comes to a woman’s fertility, stress presents many obstacles. Stress disrupts a woman’s capacity to fully ovulate. Stress also creates spasms in the fallopian tubes and uterus. Both of these problems lead to the interference of movement and implantation of a fertilized egg. Acupuncture treatments allow the uterus to relax. An improved sense of overall well-being presents the body to be in better shape to improve fertility.

Acupuncture Balances Menstrual Cycles

The imbalances in estrogen and progestogen are often the causes of irregular menstrual cycles. In addition, acupuncture can also alleviate or reduce symptoms of PMS and provide relief for menstrual cramps. Reduced stress, a factor that often causes irregular periods, plays a role in regulating cycles. This improvement in the body’s functioning allows couples to plan for a pregnancy accordingly.

Acupuncture increases your chances of conception

One of the major principles of acupuncture is to promote the flow of qi. Qi ensures a balance in one’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical attributes. The body’s ability to have a better flow of qi increases a couple’s chances of healthy conception. In addition, tapping into these energy sources helps to ease any form of psychological and physical pain that may be inhibiting fertility. Acupuncture also creates optimal conditions for the uterine lining to accept a fertilized egg. For men, acupuncture treatments improve the quality and quantity of semen as well as sperm motility. Couples are advised to try acupuncture a few months prior to planning pregnancy. It takes a number of sessions before the treatments become effective.

Maintenance throughout pregnancy

Once you have become pregnant, you can still receive treatment sessions with me. In fact, I encourage you to do so. I will not provide you with herbal medications. However, I can still provide you with acupressure treatments. Treatments during the 1st trimester are crucial toward preventing miscarriages, alleviating back pain, and reducing nausea. You want to enjoy your pregnancy as much as possible. This is such an exciting time for you and your loved ones!

If you’d like to take the next steps toward improving your fertility, please contact me to book a complimentary 15 minute consultation session. I would be happy to help you in taking this next step in your life.

The Benefits of Facial Acupuncture

December 4, 2015
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Facial acupuncture involves a deep holistic approach toward improving the body’s appearance and overall health. While using smaller needles commonly used for acupuncture treatments, facial acupuncture allows you to gain a better understanding of how to manage the common conditions that occur on your face by learning their underlying causes. Here are some of the major benefits that facial acupuncture can provide.

Improves Qi Flow

One of the primary focal points of facial acupuncture is to improve and restore the flow of Qi, an energy that is essential toward our health and wellbeing. Facial acupuncture helps to address where the blockages of Qi are present.  Qi mobilizes the effect of acupuncture from one acupoint to the rest of the body. The removal of these blockages can better prevent the occurrence of illness.