Self-Acupressure for Acupoint “Yintang” (Hall of Impression)

If you’ve had an acupuncture session with me there is a good chance that I have needled this point on you before. This is one of my favourite acupuncture points and one of the most commonly used points in my treatment plans. Why? Because of it’s amazing benefits to help calm the mind – something that we ALL need, especially right now!Since you are not able to come in for a session right now, I thought it would be beneficial to teach you some self-acupressure techniques that you can do at home. This one is very easy to locate: At the glabella, right in middle of the eyebrows (in your third eye). Using your index finger, gently massage this point in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes. Clinical Indications:

  • Calms the spirit in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety and agitation.
  • Benefits the nose in the treatment of nasal congestion and discharge, rhinitis, sinus pain, nosebleed etc.
  • Activates the channel and alleviates pain in the treatment of frontal headache.

This point can also be used as a focal point during mindfulness meditation or ‘body scan‘ relaxation methods. For example, try sitting quietly for a few minutes with your eyes closed, taking a few slow, deep breaths, and bringing your attention to Yin Tang. Allow the area to relax, and you’ll find that any tension in the scalp will also quickly disperse.

Autumn: Showing Us The Beauty of Letting Go

“The trees are about to show us how beautiful it can be to let things go”

Acupuncture and Your G.I Health

How to improve your gastrointestinal health with acupuncture

Many people feel embarrassed to discuss their bowel habits, however, symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, urgency, blood and mucus in the stools, severe gas and bloating and abdominal pain/cramping are believed to occur as often as the common cold. Because gastrointestinal issues are rarely discussed, the treatment and management of these conditions do not receive much attention and may leave a person feeling unsure about where and how to seek help.

Acupuncture is an effective means of treating, managing and even preventing symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and undiagnosed conditions such as chronic constipation or diarrhea, gas and bloating. Acupuncture can help to relieve the frequency and duration of episodes associated with these disorders and can eventually eliminate all signs and symptoms. Regular acupuncture treatments will also help to reduce food sensitivities and decrease the stress and anxiety associated with unpredictable bowel habits.

A recent study at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine has found that regular acupuncture treatments reduce intestinal inflammation and restore epithelial barrier disruption in people with Crohn’s disease.

If you or someone you know is suffering from any of these conditions and are looking for a natural, drug-free treatment acupuncture will not only target the symptoms, but also prevent recurrent episodes.

Call today to book an appointment: 905.553.9255

Email: amanda@besthealthacupuncture

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What is “Mother Warming?”

Mother Warming is a treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine used at 4-5 days post-partum with the intention of helping the birthing mother recover from pregnancy, labour and delivery. The treatment includes the use of a moxa stick (a herbal ‘cigar’) over acupoints on the abdomen and lower back. The best part is that once you know how to do it you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Book your mother warming education appointment before you have your baby and be shown what to do so you’re ready when the time comes. Complimentary Moxa stick is included in the appointment. 
Call today: 905.553.9255

Meet Our New Acupuncturist!

Welcome Kelly Goorts, R.AC!

As most of you know Amanda Barone will be going on maternity leave as of June 21 and returning in October, 2019. In her absence, Kelly Goorts will be treating patients at the clinic and maintaining similar treatment hours. She has been shadowing me at the clinic for the past few weeks, so most of you will meet her before I leave and she will be able to pick up your treatment plans right where we left off!

I have been receiving pre-birth acupuncture treatments from Kelly in preparation for my labour and delivery and I am confident that you will enjoy your sessions with her as much as I have 🙂

Here’s a little bit more about Kelly:

After 15 years working in the Engineering field as a Project Manager, Kelly left to follow her passion for helping others feel better and live the best possible version of themselves. Kelly completed her Acupuncture Degree (December 2017) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Degree (April 2019) at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario where she completed over 700 supervised clinical hours. In addition to the two-degree programs, Kelly has taken various cupping, acupressure and reiki courses throughout her studies. As of April 2019, Kelly became a Registered Acupuncturist through the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).

To book an appointment:

  1. Online: Click the “book now” button
  2. Call Clinic reception: 905.553.9255


To Induce or not to Induce? Let’s look at the evidence

Elective induction of labour (EIOL) is a hotly debated topic in the birthing community made even more controversial recently with the publication of the ARRIVE Trial (2018).  It’s not that often that a study will divide the community as much as this one has simply due to it’s large scale. The results can not be ignored, but can also not be misapplied.

The biggest thing to come out of the trial was that the results showed elective induction of labour at 39 weeks for first-time mothers had a decreased c-section rate. This took the birthing world by storm and begs the question: Should we induce ALL first time mothers at 39 weeks?

The answer is NO.

These results can not be generalized to the whole population because they are not representative of the whole population. Keep in mind that the study participants had to agree to be induced which means that it aligned with their values and beliefs. A large number of women qualified to participate in the study, but the majority of them declined because they did not want to be induced without a medical indication. It did not align with their values and beliefs.

Although the results of this study concluded that EIOL at 39 weeks for first time mothers decreased the cesarean rate, it did not acknowledge that there are many other effective and less-invasive approaches to lower the risk of c-section (1. continuous labour support (i.e Doula) 2. Intermittent auscultation (Hands on fetal monitoring) 3. Walking during labour and water births).

While the results of the ARRIVE Trial should not be applied to every birthing mother, the information can be used on an individualized basis and can be a viable option if: 1. It is inline with the mother’s values 2. the staff and facility are available to assist in longer labour (need to allow for a longer first phase of labour) 3. the protocol for “failed” inductions avoids a c-section. It is important to note that the outcomes for neonatal death or complications were the same for the induction group and the group that waited for spontaneous labour, so safety is not a concern. Also important to note is that not all women in the control group had a spontaneous vaginal delivery (some ended up being induced and some had c-sections, but this occurred after 39 weeks). This also skews the results.


  • avoid potential complications associated with longer gestational periods (preeclampsia, hypertension, macrosomia)
  • Lower c-section rate with first time mothers under best-practice of ‘failed’ inductions
  • Theoretically may prevent future stillbirth
  • Convenience, ending an uncomfortable pregnancy


  • Failed inductions can lead to a preventable c-section
  • Longer time for labour
  • Medicalization of birth (more interventions such as electronic fetal monitoring)
  • medically induced contractions are much more painful and this leads to a higher epidural rate
  • Potential uterine tachysystole, infection
  • Unknown impact on labour and delivery costs/resources

I would like to specially thank Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth for dissecting the information and presenting it during her webinar. For more information on all things birth related visit:



Rest In Peace Giovanni Maciocia

The TCM community is mourning the loss of Giovanni Maciocia, a man who dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge and passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine with today’s practitioners.
His textbook, Foundations Of Chinese Medicine, was one of the first books I bought when I started school and I still use it for reference today.
His passing has left a void in our profession, but his countless textbooks, courses, webinars and newsletters contain a vast amount of information that will continue his legacy.
#TCM #TraditionalChineseMedicine #giovannimaciocia

Lavender Festival 2018

Spent the day in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the Neob Lavender Festival learning all about the many uses of lavender from essential oils, to perfumes, to soaps, insect repellents and even in cooking.

In aromatherapy, lavender oil has long been used for it’s relaxing and calming effect on the nervous system. It helps to relieve stress and anxiety and promote sleep.

Can’t wait to try out all the lavender infused goodies I bought at the festival! 💜


“Nothing is more soft or more flexible than water. Yet nothing can resist it.”      -Lao Zhu

Water is the most yin of all the five elements. The organ systems associated with Water are the Kidneys and Urinary Bladder, which rule water metabolism and maintain homeostasis, a dynamic continual rebalancing.

As we age we lose water, and our bodies begin to dry out. Our bones and hair become more brittle, our skin loses its elasticity, our minds may lose their accustomed flexibility. While acknowledging these changes, Traditional Chinese Medicine gives us numerous mental, physical, and nutritional tools to help slow the progression of the apparently inevitable by offering ways to augment the water reserves within us.

Turns out the “stress” from labour is beneficial for the baby because it helps with lung maturation, improved sense of smell (important for breastfeeding), decreased obesity and higher cognitive function. Contractions are good for the baby!

Stress Deprivation in the Perinatal Period