How yoga can complement your acupuncture treatments

March 31, 2016
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Many people receive acupuncture for a variety of reasons. Whatever those reasons may be, there are a number of effective ways to complement your treatment between your sessions.  Yoga is one of those ways. As a viniyoga instructor, I am happy to offer you meaningful practices that will extend the efficacy of your acupuncture treatments.  The basic premise of viniyoga is to provide one on one classes that are tailored to your age, skill level, condition, and any past or present physical illnesses or injuries. Here is how yoga can complement your acupuncture sessions and promote a greater sense of well being.

Why basketball players use acupuncture

March 24, 2016
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Many basketball fans know that it’s time for NCAA’s March Madness. Whether you’re cheering for your favourite teams or hearing about the tournament in the news, you may not be aware that there are number of basketball players who receive acupuncture treatments. Basketball players have discovered how acupuncture serves as a prime benefit for their career. Continue reading this blog to learn more.

Step into spring comfortably with acupuncture treatments!

March 17, 2016
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March 21st is the first official day of spring. The sun starts shining longer, the birds are chirping, and flowers start to bloom everywhere. And while many people are happy about this time of year, it can also bring about some unpleasant feelings for others. Thankfully acupuncture can play a positive role in alleviating those feelings and allowing you to have a happier spring season. According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is associated with a specific organ in the body. During the spring, the liver is the most vulnerable organ. Acupuncturists help improve the liver’s functioning during the spring in the following ways.

Let acupuncture treatments help you have a more restful sleep

March 10, 2016
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March 6-13th is National Sleep Awareness Week. In honour of this occasion, I thought I’d share with you how acupuncture can help you to have a more restful sleep. Many of us who suffer from irregular sleep patterns, may be experiencing one of the many sleep disorders. Our fast paced lives can drastically affect the ability to have a restful sleep or even make sleep a priority in our lives. Keep reading this blog to learn more about how you can have more restful sleep through acupuncture treatments!

How Acupuncture Helps to Allieviate Your Eczema

February 18, 2016
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Although eczema presents itself with external symptoms, it is generally an internal condition. Because acupuncture investigates the root cause of a condition or ailment, it may the perfect solution to help alleviate your unpleasant symptoms of eczema. The cold weather is a common trigger for eczema. Typical symptoms include: dry skin, itching, discoloration, and inflammation. According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, eczema is caused by imbalances that exist between  the body and our external environment. Acupuncture aims to restore that balance.  If you are one of the many people who suffer from eczema during the cold winter months, then keep reading this blog to find out how it may help you alleviate your symptoms.

If The Cold Is Affecting Your Arthritis, Then Give Acupuncture A Try!

February 18, 2016
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If you suffer from arthritis, then you know how much of a pain the cold can be, literally. Acupuncture is an effective solution to help alleviate your pain during the winter months. During cold or rainy weather, when there is a drop in air pressure, the bodily tissues expand and lead to further swelling. Arthritis is a complex disorder made up of several problematic conditions. Because acupuncture treatments involve a deeper holistic approach to investigating the root of conditions and ailments, it is an effective means of targeting those numerous conditions related to your arthritic pain.

Acupuncture can be a better alternative to arthritis medications

If your arthritis medications are not providing you with the relief you need, then it may be time to seek alternatives for your treatment. Acupuncture is a natural and effective form of treatment for arthritic pains.  As a result, you won’t experience any unpleasant side effects that you may experience with medications.

With this being said, you shouldn’t rule out arthritis medications altogether. The choice to take medications is ultimately up to you. You can always integrate acupuncture as an essential part of your treatment plan. Arthritis medications combined with acupuncture may help to improve your quality of life.

Acupuncture treatments provide a thorough examination of your problem

The acupuncture treatment points are located all over the body as opposed to one area of the body. Your acupuncturist will target the points where arthritis is affecting you the most in order to be effective in providing you with the relief you need. One of the major improvements you’ll experience is the increase in blood flow, which leads to to reduced inflammation and pain.

Acupuncture can alleviate any depression symptoms associated with arthritis

The debilitating effects of arthritis can lead many sufferers to feel depressed about their sudden inability to perform daily activities. Simple tasks such as opening doors or work related activities become challenging. However, acupuncture can help alleviate those feelings of sadness or depression through its ability to promote a greater flow of endorphins. The treatment sessions allow the brain to send the signals which release endorphins. Also, when you experience pain, it is common to feel stress. The muscles in your body are in a constant state of tension. Acupuncture’s relaxing effects can alleviate your unwanted stress.

Acupuncture treatments may be covered by your employment benefits plan

Because acupuncture is often found to be an effective form of treatment for arthritis, it is covered by many employment benefits plans. For that reason alone, it’s worth at least trying!  If you currently have employment benefits, check to see whether your have coverage for acupuncture treatments. It might help to curb the costs of your treatment expenses so that you can focus on improving your quality of life.

The relief you feel from acupuncture treatments may be so effective for your arthritic pain, that you may want to continue your treatments all year round! See if it’s the right solution for you by contacting me for a complimentary 15-minute consultation session.




Restore Your Energy This Winter With Acupuncture

February 18, 2016
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Do you find yourself having less energy during the winter? Do you find it hard to shake off  the winter blues? You’re not alone. As the days get shorter and we experience less sunlight and more cold weather, our bodies experience a shift in chemical balances. Acupuncture can play a role in combating seasonal affective disorder. Contrary to popular belief, seasonal affective disorder is not limited to the winter season. The spring and summer months come with their own set of symptoms. However, during the winter season, symptoms tend to be far more pronounced and prevalent. Here is how acupuncture can play a role in boosting your energy levels while combating seasonal affective disorder.

Use Traditional Chinese Medicine To Fight Your Cold and Flu Symptoms

February 3, 2016
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Winter is commonly known as cold and flu season. But that doesn’t mean you should expect to get sick every year. Although it may seem inevitable to catch a cold or flu during the winter, it is possible to stay healthy and enjoy the season. There are many ways in which Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you to stay protected from the spread of colds and flus. In fact, approaches of Traditional Chinese Medicine have been widely popular in treating cold and flu symptoms. According to the practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine, external pathogens that create cold and flu symptoms are caused by an invasion of external wind. There are two main modalities within the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine that help fight off a cold or flu: acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Let’s look at how each one helps you toward recovery.

Acupuncture’s role in fighting cold and flu symptoms

Acupuncture treatments are especially effective when they are provided in the early stages of a cold or flu. Symptoms of a lingering sore throat are a sure-fire sign that a cold or flu is brewing. You want to make sure you’re nipping those symptoms in the bud before they manifest into a cold or flu!

Acupuncturists investigate the root causes of your cold and flu symptoms. They look at factors such as your qi levels and your external wind conditions in order to restore your body’s balance and health. Acupuncturists target those imbalances through the strategic insertion of superfine needles.

Acupuncture also helps to boost the immune system. The immune system plays a key role in the defense against a cold or flu. When our immune systems are weak, our bodies become more vulnerable to the viruses that cause colds and flus. The effects of acupuncture treatments on the immune system can last for up to three days after the treatments.

Chinese Herbs in help fight cold and flu symptoms

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is a strong emphasis on Chinese herbs to improve overall health and well being. When it comes to a cold or flu, there are a number of Chinese herbs that help to fight the viruses and bacteria. Herbs such as Angelica root and fields are commonly used to fight the cold and flu symptoms. Allow your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner or acupuncturist to determine which herbs are right for you. You may be causing harm to yourself if you take Chinese herbs without a professional’s approval.

The combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are effective in getting you back to feeling like yourself again. This winter, enjoy the season with your friends and family without having to deal with a nasty cold or flu! If you are prone to getting a cold or flu during the winter months, then you may want to consider Traditional Chinese Medicine as a form of protection. Contact me to book your complimentary 15-minute consultation session to see how you can be in better health all year round!

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!

You Can Still Have Acupuncture Even If You’re Afraid of Needles

February 3, 2016
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The fear of needles is one of the top reasons why people feel hesitant about having acupuncture treatments. But for acupuncturists like myself who know the many benefits of acupuncture, the fear of needles should not be a factor. Here are some reasons why you can still have acupuncture treatments even if you’re afraid of needles.

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