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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

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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Fall is all about the PUMPKIN!

Check out these 7 healthy pumpkin recipes. We just can’t get enough!

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Use It or Lose It!

It’s that time of year….the clinic gets flooded with phone calls from people trying to use their extended health benefits before they expire at the end of the year. Appointments are limited, so I always suggest patients start booking their sessions NOW in order to maximize their treatment. Call: 905.553.9255 or book online at www.besthealthacupuncture.com#UseItOrLoseIt #Insurance #ExtendedHealthBenefits #Acupuncture#ChineseMedicine #VaughanAcupunctureClinic

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Acupuncture for the Treatment of Migraines and Headaches – It Really Works!

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Are you plagued by chronic headaches?
About 1 in 6 Canadians suffer from chronic headaches, women more so than men. Scientific research indicates  that acupuncture can be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches.
The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Acupuncture is a widely accepted form of treatment for headaches and can offer powerful relief without the side effects of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Headaches and migraines, as well as their underlying causes have been treated successfully with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years.  Acupuncture and TCM can be used alone in the management and treatment of headaches, or as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

TCM does not recognize migraines and chronic headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual in order to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, your diagnosis and treatment will depend on a number of variables including:

  • Location of the headache: Is the headache behind your eyes and temples, or is it located more on the top of your head?
  • Time of day or season: When do your headaches occur (i.e. night, morning, after eating)? Are they worse in the summer or winter months?
  • Alleviating and contributing factors: Do you find that a cold compress or a darkened room can alleviate some of the pain? Do you have sensitivity to sound?
  • Accompanying symptoms: Do you have a loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting? Do you have neck tension or muscles stiffness?
  • Nature of the pain: Is the pain dull and throbbing, or sharp and piercing?

Your answers to these questions will help your Registered Acupuncturist create a treatment plan specific to your needs. The more customized the treatment plan is the greater your success. The basis for an effective treatment always starts with a thorough assessment on the Initial Visit. This allows the Acupuncturist to determine your body’s “constitution” and select appropriate acupuncture points that will yield the best results. Acupuncture stimulates specific points all over one’s body to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions that cause aches and pains or illness. The purpose of treatment is to promote your body’s own self-healing mechanisms and completely eliminate your headaches and migraines or at the very least reduce the frequency and intensity.

The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary form person to person. Typical treatments last from 20 to 30 minutes, with the patient being treated one or two times per week. Some headaches, migraines and related symptoms are relieved after the first few sessions, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.

Call today to book an appointment: 905.993.5255 or book online: www.besthealthacupuncture.com 
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Happy 5th Anniversary To Us!

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Thank you for 5 amazing years! This January we are celebrating five years of Best Health Acupuncture Clinic!!!! From our humble beginning in 2011 when we only offered treatment 2 days a week, the demand for acupuncture in the Vaughan … Continue reading

Welcome The New Year! Happy 2016!

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As we reflect and reminisce on 2015, we joyfully look forward to the year ahead. With the start of a new year, many people resolve to make lifestyle changes (improve diet, exercise more, stress less). In order to be successful at accomplishing your goals, it is important to make small, SUSTAINABLE changes to your routine that will become permanently integrated into your lifestyle. Start small, for example, by removing sugar from your morning coffee. Once you have completed that move onto to bigger changes – commit to bringing your lunch to work for an entire week (no take out food!). You’ll notice that these small changes add up to a huge difference and will give your more confidence to tackle bigger obstacles in your life. Remember, you are in control of your life and you decide how you want to live it!

Wishing you a successful, prosperous and healthy 2016!

Top 3 Ways to Prevent Colds and The Flu This Winter

The “Flu” is NOT a season… Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall are seasons…Flu

This time of year we hear constant advertisements on the radio and T.V about how to prepare for “Flu Season” by getting a flu shot. Unfortunately, if you read the news you will learn the flu vaccine “offers most people virtually no protection against the strain that’s causing the lion’s share of the illness this year, H3N2” (Read HERE for complete article). The good news is that there are many other things you can do to stay healthy this Winter and prevent any cold or flus!

The Top 3 Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu:

1. Frequent Hand Washing – you must wash your hands a minimum of 5 times per day in order to prevent spreading viruses to yourself and others.
2. Adequate sleep – you need a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep per night to keep your body’s defense systems strong enough to combat anything you come in contact with. A tired, depleted body is vulnerable to catching colds and will require a longer recovery time.
3. Moderate Exercise30 minutes per day of moderate exercise will boost your immune system. Examples of moderate exercise you can do in the Winter include: joining a mall walking club, aquafit at a community pool, joining a gym or attending a fitness class.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a fantastic way to naturally boost your immune system. Plus, you get the added bonus of increased energy, elevated moods, better quality sleep, better digestion, reduced stress and increased mental clarity. Call to book an appointment: 647.299.4631 or book online

 

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Welcome Spring! Stay Healthy This Spring By Living With the Season – Not Against It With the Winter coming to an end and the snow melting away, we welcome Spring – transitional season from the cold (Yin) Winter to the hot … Continue reading