Quieting Your Mind So You Can Sleep

Do you ever find yourself doing this while trying to fall asleep?

Have you ever been relaxing on the couch and find yourself falling asleep only to get to bed and feel wide awake? Have you ever wanted to sleep but could not turn your mind off? If so, you’re not alone! It is a fairly common experience to have your mind feel full of thoughts when we go to bed. A Few Sleep Hygiene Suggestions In order to set yourself up for success, it may be important to use a few straightforward tips to help you prepare for sleep: In the…

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Spleen Health: Symptoms of Spleen Problems, and Fixes

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The spleen, along with every organ in the human body, has a partner organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine. These organ pairs are often referred to as a Zang Fu pair. For the Earth element, this pair is the spleen and stomach. Although the stomach can be diagnosed pathologically in TCM, it is more common to see disruptions with the spleen. Although the Spleen isn’t talked about greatly in Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine places a lot of emphasis on it and its role in digestion, ability to control blood, and…

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Fertility Acupuncture Calgary Treatment: On Sale Now!


For the month of November, receive 10% off all fertility acupuncture treatments Are you or is someone you know having trouble getting pregnant? Have you ever considered Traditional Chinese Medicine? Acupuncture can help regulate hormones, influence the menstrual cycle, reduce stress, increase circulation, and stimulate internal organs that influence reproduction. The top reasons that patients come in to see me when trying to get pregnant are: Healthy couples with no abnormal tests having trouble conceiving Support during ART (IUI, IVF) Couples who are thinking about becoming pregnant soon but want to…

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Rib Pain Sometimes Caused By Stress And Being “Busy”

rib pain or stomach problems?

People usually think of the stomach as the thing around our belly button that hurts sometimes after some meals, but in the medical field we are talking about the stomach that sits in your left rib cage between the esophagus (the tube going down from the mouth)and the small intestine (that is the one around your belly button, this time!) An unhappy stomach can cause many symptoms that may seem unrelated: shoulder pain, neck pain, jaw pain, rib and back pain, dental problems, palpitations/chest pains, dry cough in the mornings……

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Calming a Worried Mind: Three Powerful Tips

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Today in the Psychologist Calgary blog, I want to talk about worries and how you can better manage them. In Chinese Medicine, problems with the stomach are associated with excessive worry and rumination (re-experiencing the same thoughts over and over again without progression or solution). Worry and rumination are common experiences because our brain is hard-wired to worry.  Worrying can help us explore to multiple possible outcomes to current situations and can also assist in creating possible solutions. However, sometimes, worry just leads to more worry.  And chronic unproductive worry…

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Demystifying “Heartburn” – Calgary Naturopathic Blog

man experiencing heartburn (GERD)

Today’s Calgary Naturopathic post is about heartburn and the stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), aka “heartburn” or indigestion, is the symptom you experience when stomach acid moves up into the oesophagus and irritates the lining. It’s common name heartburn is quite deceiving as it has nothing to do with the heart. It gets its name from the burning feeling that can be felt in the upper chest. Most people describe ‘heartburn’ as burning pain in their chest following a meal, however there are several ways it can be felt. Some…

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Acupuncture Helps Reduce Stress


Stress and acupuncture are the topics of today’s Calgary acupuncture entry: stress is at the root of many health concerns. It sets off hormone imbalances and causes qi to stagnate. The liver has a major role in stress response in Traditional Chinese Medicine. When the body is stressed, liver qi doesn’t flow smoothly and stagnates, causing a variety of unwanted responses including insomnia, fatigue, depression, diarrhea, constipation, increased blood pressure, and more. Stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol) are yang hormones- they trigger the flight-or-fight response to real or perceived threats…

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The Three Biological Stages of Stress

stressed woman in need of Osteopathy

Today in the Osteopath Calgary blog, I’m going to talk about the three biological stages of stress in the body. A question all of our patients get asked during an Osteopathic treatment is: “do you feel stressed?” About 90% of the time, the patient says “no”, or “gosh, it’s nothing compared to what it used to be.” Then I ask: “do you think you’re busy?” And then some will admit that they might be a little! It seems that stress has a very negative connotation in our culture today and…

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