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.
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.
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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
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).
The summer season is in full swing and with it comes long weekends, BBQ’s, cottages and plenty of outdoor activities. In Chinese Medicine, Summer is considered to be the most Yangtime of year (in contrast to Winter, which is considered Yin) due to the long days, heat and plenty of sunshine. It is a time of moving outward in nature and in our lives. Summer belongs to the fire element which dominates the heart, mind and spirit. Now is the perfect time of year to focus on these factors in order to stay healthy.
Live Life to The Fullest
The heart’s main function is to pump oxygen-rich blood through the body. In Chinese medicine, mental activity is associated with the heart and therefore our memory, thought processes, emotional well-being, and consciousness are also attributed to the heart and fire element. This is a time to nourish and pacify our spirits, and to realize our life’s greatest potential as we find joy in our hot summer days and warm summer nights.
When the fire element is in balance, the heart is strong and healthy, the mind is calm and sleep is sound.
When the fire element is imbalanced, we may either lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (mania). Indicators of an imbalance in the fire element include agitation, nervousness, heartburn, and insomnia. To read more and sign up for our monthly newsletter click HERE
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Welcome to my holistic lifestyle blog. I am an acupuncturist in Vaughan, Ontario trained in Chinese Medicine. Follow my journey as I transition my life to be increasingly more holistic, natural and organic!
Yours in health, Amanda Barone.