Cheryl Lee

Cheryl Lee

I'm a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor and Acupuncturist in Calgary at the Healthy By Nature clinic. I draw upon techniques and a methodology from a time-tested, 3000-year-old practice to bring your body back into balance with its health. I also write for the Acupuncture Calgary blog, here on the site. You can read more about me here.

Set Your Heart Free with Joy


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


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

acupuncture for pain and injuries

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

yin yang balance

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

qi character

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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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Children

cupping for children

So, you have completed all of your prenatal acupuncture sessions, delivered your beautiful bundle of joy, and are now going through all the motions involved with being a new parent. Now, who can you turn to when your child has a problem? What are your complementary health care options? Many people are aware of the chiropractic, naturopathic, and osteopathic care options, but what about Traditional Chinese Medicine for children? You may be thinking “my child can’t sit still for that long” or “my child is afraid of needles,” in which…

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Treatment via the Small Intestine Meridian

the small intestine meridian

As we say all the time here at the clinic, just because you are experiencing a specific symptom does not mean that this is the main issue affecting you. More often than not, in fact, signs and symptoms can be attributed to less obvious underlying causes. There is a surprising number of chronic health issues that can be traced back to poor digestive health. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have a long history of successfully treating these digestive health imbalances or disharmonies. A few Traditional Chinese Medicine small intestine facts:…

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Feeling Depressed? Acupuncture Can Help

acupuncture for depression or Seasonal Affective Disorder can be effective

Chinese Medicine considers emotional well-being to be a huge factor in determining one’s overall health, and depression is no exception. There are many types of depression, but for this article specifically we will focus on mood changes occurring as a result of the changing seasons. Many people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) feel a drastic decrease in energy and motivation with a desire to nap along with an increase in cravings of carbohydrates and high sugar foods. Acupuncture is a great addition to traditional treatment strategies to help regulate the…

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