• Japanese Acupuncture. How is it different?
    Japanese Acupuncture. How is it different?
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    Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine and healing in the world. It has been around for thousands of years and originated in China. It made its way to Japan through Korea in the 6th century and has been practiced there since. During the 10th century political tension between China and Japan meant…

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  • Butterfly breathing to boost fertility
    Butterfly breathing to boost fertility
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    I am always looking for things my patients can do for themselves outside the treatment room. I have found that true healing occurs when you become an active participant in your own wellness journey. With all my patients I strongly encourage them to start a meditation practice. For most of us, because we have spent…

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  • PCOS : Polycystic ovary syndrome
    PCOS : Polycystic ovary syndrome
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    PCOS is a very common reason women come in seeking treatment in the clinic.  It is a metabolic disorder that effects the reproductive system, fertility and sometimes even quality of life. Signs and symptoms of PCOS are: -Strongly (but not always) associated with excess body fat (50% of women with PCOS have excess body fat, often…

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  • Pain in pregnancy: symphysis pubis dysfunction
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    Aches and Pains are common during pregnancy and can seriously interfere with a woman’s comfort and mobility. This is especially the case when dealing with pubic symphysis pain. During this the lower back joint (posterior sacral iliac spine or PSIS) becomes more locked up and at the same time the front immovable joint, the pubic…

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  • Anxiety and The Spleen
    Anxiety and The Spleen
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    Although acupuncture may not be what first comes to mind in the treatment of anxiety, it has a long and successful track record in treating this disorder. Unlike other treatments such as talk therapy and pharmaceuticals which can take weeks to take effect, Acupuncture has the ability to relax an anxious person quickly, often during…

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  • Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies
    Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies
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        While Spring and Summer are the seasons of the year that bring us outdoors, many people are unable to enjoy these warmer months due to uncomfortable symptoms from allergic rhinitis commonly known as Hay fever Common symptoms of allergic rhinitis include: sneezing a runny nose a stuffy nose an itchy nose coughing a…

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  • The Importance of Blood
    The Importance of Blood
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    In conventional medicine blood is thought of and diagnosed by its individual components such as red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, nutrients and proteins. Its function is to distribute hormones, carry oxygen and energy and to support the immune system. In Chinese Medicine the concept of “Blood” is much broader. Though it encompasses all…

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  • How often should I get a massage?
    How often should I get a massage?
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    The answer is – it varies! Massage therapy affects everyone differently physically and emotionally. There are many reasons why frequent massage sessions are beneficial. For most, the key reason is because manual therapy allows your muscles to soften which can help with pain and with stress. When massages are cumulative, each session builds upon the…

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  • Labour Induction or Pre- Birth
    Labour Induction or Pre- Birth
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    Labour induction is a treatment I have been doing at least a few times a week for the past 13 years. One of the first things women ask is how does it work and what are we trying to accomplish with the acupuncture pre-birth treatments. I thought it may be easier to blog this as…

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  • Do you experience Hip discomfort?
    Do you experience Hip discomfort?
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    A possible cause could be due to hypertension in the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the hip region. The origin is at the sacrum and the insertion is at the greater trochanter on the head of the femur. The piriformis muscle is functionally involved in external rotation, abduction, and partial extension of…

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