Background Anxiety and depression are high in prevalence, especially in the female population, whose incidence is approximately double that of the male population. In addition, these conditions are difficult to treat and have high relapse rates and medication side-effects. There is evidence to suggest that acupuncture may be an effective treatment modality. Objective The aim…

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5 TCM tips to avoid colds and flu this winter Author: Dr. Sharon (Jinghua) Mo Do you find yourself getting colds frequently in the fall and winter? Does your body have a hard time recovering when you get sick? As the weather gets colder,  how can we minimize the risk of getting colds and flu?…

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Acupuncture For Insomnia

The Evidence Behind Acupuncture for Insomnia A preliminary report in 2004 found that in patients with anxiety and Insomnia acupuncture increased nighttime melatonin production and total sleep time. The patients who received acupuncture also fell asleep faster, were less aroused at night, and were less stressed. The researchers concluded that, “Acupuncture treatment for Insomnia may be of value…

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As our broadband speeds up and our phones get smarter, some matters regarding our health get overlooked — especially our mental health. Tablets and smart phones have made it more convenient to be connected, but a large number of people still feel disconnected. Fortunately, the Internet also has allowed people to explore the possibilities of…

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It’s coming up to cold and flu season again as we dive deeper into autumn, and our soon-to-be northwest winter. In conventional western medicine, infectious diseases, including the common cold and flu, are understood to be caused by bacteria or viruses. However, when Chinese medicine was founded over 4000 years ago, there was no known…

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Injuries can be devastating to a dance career, but you can reduce their occurrence or avoid them—if you know what to look for. Find out why certain injuries happen, what can be done to prevent them, and which treatment to seek if prevention fails. 1. Neck Strain: Choreography that calls for excessive head movement can easily…

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By Delphine Baumer RAc Registered Acupuncturist   Too often in our society I see examples of messages to bring us back to the centre line, away from our quirks. In other words, trying to numb or dull our unique qualities. Even in Chinese Medicine, we talk about keeping things balanced and stable in the midline….

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 by Delphine Baumer, Registered Acupuncturist          Female 56 years old Chief complaint: Frozen Shoulder Accompanying conditions: Edema, sudden loss of hearing, insomnia, stress, anxiety, migraines, sciatica, fatigue   In January of 2016, this patient was referred to me by another patient. She was in a desperate state with a lot of fear…

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Qi and Creativity

  By Lisa Davicioni, Reg. Acupuncturist   We are all creative beings, and while almost everybody knows that Acupuncture can treat physical pain, few people are aware that it has an amazing potential to foster dynamic creativity and healthy expression. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees the liver as the organ responsible for the free flow of our…

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  By Lisa Davicioni, R.Ac.   Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to naturally support the birthing process and when used in pre-birth treatments, it significantly lowers induction rates, epidural rates, and shortens the labour period. By stimulating acupoints on the mother’s body, the natural birthing hormones of placental oestrogens, prostaglandins, and relaxin initiate…

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