Colds and the Immune System according to Traditional Chinese Medicine

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The system in our body that we rely on so much when there are colds/flu going around is our personal “warrior”: the immune system. In Chinese Medicine, the immune system relies heavily on the state of the body’s Wei Qi (“way-chee”), otherwise known as defensive qi. This defensive energy is like a protective “rain jacket” that circulates on the exterior of the body and can be affected by both internal and external factors known as pathogens (like nasty bacteria or viruses). Internally, the immune system is most commonly affected by…

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Can Acupuncture Improve Sports Performance?

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Yes! Acupuncture can be used to heal from injuries, decrease recovery time, and enhance rest time. There can also be bonus side effects such as improved digestion and sleep–both of which lead to better overall health and wellness. Acupuncture activates your body’s own healing response which are responsible for the release of your natural pain relieving hormones while simultaneously increasing blood flow to the affected area to promote further healing. This reaction not only triggers a local effect to the injured tissues, but also a systemic anti-inflammatory effect through the…

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Calm your Mind by using your Body: the Mind-Body Connection of Chinese Medicine

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Our mental health is extremely important to ensure that our physical bodies are functioning well. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) identifies all emotions as having the potential to disrupt our mental health and become pathogenic. Everything from anger, joy, overthinking, grief, and fear can be the root cause of many physical symptoms in TCM when experienced out of balance. Most people will seek health advice from a professional to address the physical concerns that they are experiencing without even realizing the mental connection. And while a quick cure (usually in the…

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Set Your Heart Free with Joy

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Emotions are produced by the brain but are felt throughout our entire bodies, and the heart is no exception to this. In Chinese Medicine, every organ is associated with a dominant emotion. In the case of the heart, that emotion is joy. Can joy cause harm? The pathological version of joy that Chinese Medicine is concerned with is over-excitement: the kind that puts your nervous and hormonal systems out of balance causing symptoms of: Jitters Nervousness / anxiety Palpitations Chest pain Insomnia Vivid dreaming Other behavioural actions that might be…

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Supporting Women through Miscarriage with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Have a Baby… For some people the highs and lows of starting or growing a family can be challenging. If you are planning your family then it may start with the excitement of trying to get pregnant, followed by the uncertainty and sometimes disappointment of not succeeding the first, second, or maybe even tenth try. When you finally learn that you are expecting, you are so happy (and maybe a little scared), you can’t wait to tell all of your friends and family…

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Acupuncture for Pain and Injuries

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For many people, their introduction to acupuncture comes from their seeking relief from an injury or pain that just isn’t going away despite trying the conventional methods. As an Acupuncturist, I treat pain conditions almost daily, and from this experience, I have adopted a three part treatment to help effectively reduce or eliminate pain. Case History: Paul, 58 year old male Paul had been a fairly active guy his whole life. He wasn’t an athlete, but he really enjoyed the outdoors and had a physical job. One day, he was…

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Yin and Yang – The Balance of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Yin and Yang Theory is a fundamental pillar of Chinese Medicine. It is also an example of how complete opposites must co-exist in order to create balance within the body and the world. Every aspect of life can be categorized as relatively more yin or more yang. Traditional Chinese Medicine examines many aspects of health using different tools to diagnose but, ultimately, everything can be broken down into yin and yang. There is a constant balance between yin and yang: when one becomes too deficient the equilibrium is lost and…

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Acupuncture: Using Micro-Inflammation to Heal Injuries

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Generally, when we talk about inflammation, we tend to think of the negatives first: redness, swelling, pain, heat, and loss of function. Inflammation is commonly associated with injuries to the muscles or joints, but it can also used to describe certain internal dysfunctions. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on physical injuries. Imagine you are out for a run when suddenly you trip and fall. Instantly, you feel red hot pain in your ankle, your hip, and maybe even your shoulder depending on how you have landed.…

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