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It’s Spring! The Season of the Liver and Gallbladder

It’s Spring! The Season of the Liver and Gallbladder

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), spring is the transitional season of the Liver and its partner the Gallbladder. The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of blood, Qi (energy) and emotions throughout the body. It is a time of creating, cleansing, activity, movement, growth and renewal. Spring is the perfect season to release emotions… Continue Reading

The Wisdom of Winter

The Wisdom of Winter

Winter is the darkest time of the year. Life grows cold and still. Trees stand bare before the season’s harshness. Nature rests, animals hibernate, and we too want to sleep more. We contract socially and energetically. Winter is the most internal and contemplative time of the year. Wisdom grows in the depth of its quiet… Continue Reading

Why I Became and Acupuncturist

Why I Became and Acupuncturist

I am often asked how I got into acupuncture, but recently, I was asked why I got into the field of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. I began to give the “stock” answer that I have been reciting over the past 6 years which goes something like this…I have always been interested in natural healing and… Continue Reading

A Chinese Medicine View of Facial Rejuvenation

A Chinese Medicine View of Facial Rejuvenation

The practice of facial rejuvenation therapies enjoys a long and rich history in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Beginning as far back as 1121 B.C. where practitioners began to develop special modalities to treat a variety of skin conditions including dietary adjustments and herbal prescriptions. Building on these foundations, new concepts were introduced such as acupuncture… Continue Reading

Acupressure Points for Calming the Mind and Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Acupressure Points for Calming the Mind and Reducing Stress and Anxiety

The words stress and anxiety are commonplace these days. A human body is meant to experience stress in certain instances as a trigger to deal with that situation immediately, and then ideally, recover and carry on with their day. More and more frequently we experience stress as soon as we wake up (or worse, when… Continue Reading

Elevating the Mind and Emotions

Elevating the Mind and Emotions

The Mind and being Mindful are very hot topics these days. I have recently joined a group of like-minded practitioners and this is something that we discuss as part of our diagnosis and treatment protocol. There is more and more discussion around treating a person as a whole unit rather than a bit or piece.… Continue Reading

What Is Beauty?

What Is Beauty?

“What is beauty?” This question was asked to me by a dear friend who works closely with the beauty industry some time ago now. At first, this seems like a fairly easy question to answer, but if you sit with it for a while, the layers and complexity of the question begin to unfold. I… Continue Reading

The Earth Element, Late Summer, & Spleen; Nourishing Your Body & Mind in TCM

The Earth Element, Late Summer, & Spleen; Nourishing Your Body & Mind in TCM

The earth is an abundant planet bursting with incredible natural resources. Our earth, our home, nurtures us and provides, selflessly, all we need to survive and flourish. It is no wonder that people around the world refer to earth as “The Great Mother”, “Pachamama”, and “Mother Earth”. We are sheltered in her embrace and sustained… Continue Reading

Honouring the Summer

Honouring the Summer

Every year we commiserate about how long and cold the winter is and how we can’t wait for summer and then it is here and in a blink of the eye its gone again and we are left in a bewildered heap of sun-kissed skin, sandy towels, and calloused, flip-flopped feet. Because this season can… Continue Reading

Treating Scars with TCM

Treating Scars with TCM

“Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had healed.”  ― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe   Scars are a marker of wounds, a tale of hurt, a representor of pain, but they can signify strength, growth, healing, and a lust for life. No matter how… Continue Reading

Acupuncture 101.1 – Common TCM Terms Demystified: Yin and Yang

Acupuncture 101.1 – Common TCM Terms Demystified: Yin and Yang

Today Traditional Chinese Medicine and other alternative medicines are steadily gaining momentum and becoming a staple in many people’s wellness routine. More and more people are seeking out these therapies for recovery from an injury, preparing a new mom for birth, relieving stress, anxiety, or depression, or stabilizing a person’s immune system, and everything in-between.… Continue Reading

Benefits of Facial Cupping Therapy

Benefits of Facial Cupping Therapy

Facial cupping is a rejuvenation treatment that has been used for years around the world. Specially crafted smooth rimmed glass cups are used to create a gentle vacuum which lifts the facial tissue and activates your lymphatic drainage system. While maintaining suction, these small cups glide over the skin to stimulate the release of collagen,… Continue Reading

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