Allergies & Acupuncture

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For many sufferers of allergic rhinitis, there’s no need to hear a news report detailing the pollen count outside, as their runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes will let them know. Often these symptoms strike in the summer and spring, but some patients also have symptoms due to an allergy to dust, mites or dander, to name a few. This condition is more commonly referred to as hay fever, seasonal allergies, or just plain allergies.

Symptoms typically include sneezing, runny nose, postnasal drip, and irritated eyes, ears, nose and throat. Normally, when a healthy body comes into contact with foreign particles in the air (allergens), the immune system initiates a response to neatly and harmlessly dispose of the allergens-not so for sufferers of hay fever. In their case, the immune system becomes hyperactive and destructive to the body, causing the symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy explains why this medical condition occurs. It is recognized as a condition that is provoked by an external pathogen (the Western medicine equivalent term is “allergens”), although it generally occurs because the body already has a pre-existing deficiency. For example, some patients with a long-standing lung Qi deficiency are more susceptible to dust, dander, pollen, etc. in the air.

Qi is an invisible, fundamental energy needed for all of life to exist. The Qi circulating in the lungs and its corresponding meridians is called Lung Qi. Meridians provide the pathways on which Qi flows throughout the body. When Lung Qi is not strong, problems with breathing, coughing and general immunity may arise. This is because according to TCM philosophy, the lungs are related to Defensive Qi. As the name implies, this Qi functions in the same capacity as our immune system.

The nose is the sense organ corresponding to the lungs, so when there are blockages in the lung meridian, the nose also may be obstructed. The emotions associated with the lungs are grief and sadness. Sometimes after crying or an attack of allergic rhinitis, one may experience a stuffy nose, red eyes and irregular breathing, which reflects the strain on the lungs. A good way to counter these symptoms is to concentrate on deep, regular breaths. This can help stabilize the emotions as well. In general, aerobic exercise is an excellent way to strengthen Lung Qi, which in turn helps strengthen general immunity.

Dietary recommendations according to TCM suggest restricting the amount of dairy products, refined sugar, alcohol, caffeine and fatty foods, in an effort to keep the body from producing too much phlegm. Phlegm is a thick, sticky substance that can worsen the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Drinking a warm herbal tea after meals, or in between meals, can also help lessen the production of phlegm. There is a saying in TCM that states, ‘phlegm is produced in the stomach but stored in the lungs.’ This is why diet plays an important in role when combating allergies.

Acupuncture treatments may be used year-round, even if your allergies only occur in certain seasons or in the presence of certain allergens. When your symptoms are not active, your acupuncturist can treat any underlying deficiency you have. When they are active, your practitioner can help bring relief from any of the issues you may be currently experiencing.

Call today to schedule your appointment with Amanda Barone, Registered Acupuncturist 905.553.9255 or book online www.besthealthacupuncture.com

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year! Welcome the Year Of The Dog 🐕 If you are born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982 or 1994 this is your year to SHINE!
Based on 5 Element Theory this is an Earth Dog year. This is a good year to ground yourself and reconnect with nature 🌍
The colour associated with the Earth element is Yellow, so yellow will be the lucky colour this year ⚂
Dogs are known for their loyalty and this will be a common theme this year. Think: loyalty, honesty, friendship and being responsible for the welfare of others (i.e service dogs).
Negative traits of a dog are that they can be impulsive and aggressive. So this year you may find it difficult to control your emotions. But just as a dog can be trained, you too can train yourself to keep your cool in stressful situations.
Dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend” making people born in the year of the dog to be awesome friends to have. Consider yourself lucky if you have a dog-person in your life!
Wishing you all the best for the year ahead!

You’re Going to Love this…. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

This Valentine’s Day we are sharing our love of Acupuncture with you by offering a discount off an Initial Visit for New Patients or a Re-assessment for patients who have not been at the clinic in the past 6 months.

ENJOY
$30 OFF Or $20 OFF!
New Patients will receive $30 Off the cost of an Initial Visit (Assessment plus Treatment). Patient’s who have not been at the clinic in more than 6 months will receive $20 off a Re-assessment (including treatment).
By appointment only.
Call to book: 905.553.9255
Offer expires March 31, 2018
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Despite recent advances in research, migraines and headaches are a poorly understood neurological disorder with an unclear pathogenesis. Fortunately, research studying the effectiveness of using acupuncture to treat headaches has been positive. Acupuncture has been shown to modulate cranial blood flow, decrease the severity of pain, reduce the frequency of migraine onset and prevent of future episodes.  
The symptoms of headache disorders have become all too familiar to a large proportion of the population. Each day, many individuals are dealing with unilateral or bilateral head pain accompanied with nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound.

There are many different types of headache classifications, the most common are: tension-type headache, migraine, cluster headache and chronic daily headache syndrome. The most important aspect of diagnosing and treating headache disorders is to identify the underlying cause. This means assessing every aspect of the individual and looking for imbalances on a physical and energetic level.

Treatment consists of a series of acupuncture sessions about two times per week and making lifestyle changes to avoiding triggers (such as caffeine), manage stress and increase physical activity. The goal of treatment is to correct each individual’s dysfunction by promoting the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms.

Studies suggest that acupuncture is as effective as and possibly more effective than conventional drug treatments. It has fewer side effects and is a viable treatment option for those seeking natural care and permanent relief.

Give us a call for more information and set up an appointment for an individualized assessment 647.299.4631

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The Heart and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

With the heart being a well-recognized symbol for Valentine’s Day, Health Canada has declared February to be Heart Month! This is a great opportunity to bring attention to one’s cardiovascular health and how you can improve your lifestyle to prevent heart disease. But since most people are familiar with heart health in terms of Western Medicine, this article will focus on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) viewpoint of the Heart Organ.

 

Like Western Medicine, every organ in Chinese Medicine has specific responsibilities within in the body. The difference is that in addition their physical function, TCM believes they also have a mental, emotional and spiritual function as well. Although the current viewpoint of the heart in Western Medicine is more mechanical (it acts as a “pump”), newer research from The HeartMath Institute is starting to reveal the heart as a thinking, feeling organ. Something that Chinese Medicine has been practicing all along. How cool is that?!
Functions of the Heart in Traditional Chinese Medicine:
1. Controls the Blood Vessels:
The Heart is referred to as the Ruler (or Emperor) of all the other internal organs in the body. One of it’s many functions is to control the blood vessels and promote circulation. This sets the tone for proper functioning of all the other organs by making sure blood flows smoothly throughout the entire body.
2. Houses the Shen:
The “Shen” in TCM is a difficult concept to translate, but refers to the spirit/soul/mind of a person. This means the heart controls a person’s mental activity, consciousness, thoughts, ideas, ability to focus, intelligence and memory. Because the heart is seen as the “House of The Shen,” if the heart is balanced the mind will also be balanced. Conversely, if the heart is imbalanced symptoms associated with mental activity and consciousness will manifest. This can be: dream disturbed sleep, poor concentration, racing thoughts, forgetfulness and “brain fog.”
3. Opens to the Tongue:
The tongue is considered the “root of the heart” and looking at a person’s tongue is a great way to assess their heart health. Heart pathology is reflected in the tongue, especially the tip. A red tip indicates heat in the heart. Excess heat in the heart will give rise to symptoms of insomnia, heart palpitations, a red facial complexion and a bitter taste in the mouth. On the other hand, a pale tongue indicates deficiency.  Symptoms of a heart deficiency can be: shortness of breath, spontaneous perspiration, dream disturbed sleep, and being easily startled. Remember, TCM is all about BALANCE, so the heart organ should not be in a state of excess or deficiency. The ideal tongue should be of light red colour, have a clear, moist coating and be free of any cracks, teeth marks or deviations.
Also, because of the tongue’s close relation to the heart, issues with speech can indicate a heart imbalance. This can be seen as incessant talking, rapid speech, laughing inappropriately or more serious conditions such as stuttering and aphasia (an inability to speak).
4. Associated with a Bitter Taste:
In 5 Element theory, every organ is associated with a taste (bitter, sour, sweet, salty and spicy). The heart is associated with a bitter taste. This means that if you have a bitter taste in your mouth or are craving bitter foods then your heart is in need of some attention! The colour associated with the heart is red, so in TCM red, warm foods are said to nourish the heart, improve circulation and build yang energy.
Foods that benefit the heart:
  • Watermelon
  • Tomatoes
  • Beef
  • Red beans
  • Red apples
  • Beets
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Red lentiles
  • Red dates
  • Chili
  • Cumin
5. Emotion: Joy
Just as every organ has an associated taste, there is also an emotion attached to each organ. The 5 Emotions are: sadness (the lungs), fear (the kidneys), worry (the spleen), anger (the Liver) and joy (the heart). To improve your heart health all you have to do is SMILE! A genuine expression of joy and happiness will do wonders for your heart. Smiling initiates a positive physiological healing effect on the whole body – especially on the heart. This is one great cardiovascular exercise that doesn’t involve running on a treadmill 🙂
If you think you have a heart imbalance or you would simply like to enhance your memory, focus, concentration or sleep than you need a heart-focused acupuncture treatment! Give us a call and schedule an appointment. We will do a full TCM assessment to determine the best plan of care for you.
Call Today: 647.299.4631 or 905.553.9255
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Fresh or Frozen IVF Embryo Transfer – Which is better?

The main take away points for this article (below) is that whatever protocol is used should be specific and individualized to you. As this article states, there is no difference in pregnancy or live birth rates between a fresh or frozen IVF embryo transfer. The problem arises when certain clinics decide to run their practices by exclusively doing one or the other. There are pros and cons to both and it is important for the Reproductive Endocrinologists to take the time to review your case and figure out what is best for YOU! This is where alternative medicines, such as acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has it’s strength. We take the time to sit down with our patients and get to know them and their unique bodies. We ask questions about their menstrual cycle and any hormonal issues, but we also take into consideration their bodily function as a whole (sleep, stress, digestion, bowel movements, appetite, emotional state, etc). This is important because sometimes the answers lie outside the reproductive system and by creating an acupuncture treatment that is tailored to their specific body constitution patients are more likely to respond to treatment with their fertility clinic (IUI, IVF or other ART).

For more information or to book an appointment:

Call: 905.553.9255

Email: amanda@besthealthacupuncture.com

Book online: www.besthealthacupuncture.com

Check out the full article on frozen vs fresh transfers here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/dr-caitlin-dunne/you-now-have-more-reasons-to-freeze-embryos-for-infertility-treatment_a_23330442/?utm_content=65707768&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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Boost Your Immunity With This TCM-Inspired Bone Broth

Boost Your Immunity With This TCM-Inspired Bone Broth:

https://elizabethrayson.com/2018/01/11/boost-your-immunity-with-this-tcm-inspired-bone-broth/

 

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Event: 7 Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter with TCM & Acupuncture

 

Join us January 25 @ 7pm at Nature’s Emporium Vaughan and  learn how to stay healthy this winter without drugs or expensive supplements. We will share how to use the time-tested wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture to stay vibrant and nourished throughout the winter months. You will learn TCM-based recipes for healing meals and take part in a raffle to win a $20 gift card for Nature’s Emporium!

Register for this FREE event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/7-ways-to-stay-healthy-this-winter-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-tickets-42019936762?utm_term=eventurl_text

 

Eliminate Food Waste

Doing my part to #eliminatefoodwaste Over the past few weeks, I saved and froze food scraps and used them to make a delicious vegetable soup broth. I saved all the peels, skins, and unedible parts of Brussels sprouts, carrots, zucchini, potatoes, squash, beets, onions, mushrooms, peppers, lemons – all the food that I would have put in the organic waste bin. Instead of letting them go to waste I simmered them over the stove for a few hours and the end result was a hearty, flavourful vegetable soup. Perfect for these cold winter days.
Thank you to @alivehealth for the wonderful idea.
95% of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations.

Try it out! It’s super easy. Post pics of your soups, so I can see them 🍜Good Luck! www.besthealthacupuncture.com

 

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Chocolate-Tahini and Ginger Sandwich Cookies

This wholesome ode to the packaged cream pie cookie combines a very grown-up flavour combination of warming spices, molasses, chocolate, and sesame. Vegan, unprocessed, and free of added refined sugars, it’s a nostalgic tribute that still feels like a treat. Molasses keeps the cookies chewy for a few days.

Tip

Use white chocolate instead of dark for a sweet, caramelized flavour that marries beautifully with ginger and tahini. And, if it’s handy, a grating of orange zest in the filling is tasty in both dark and white chocolate versions.

Each serving contains: 249 calories; 4 g protein; 13 g total fat (9 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 32 g total carbohydrates (11 g sugars, 4 g fibre); 239 mg sodium

Source: A New Kind of Healthy

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