“Nothing is more soft or more flexible than water. Yet nothing can resist it.” -Lao Zhu
THE WATER ELEMENT 💧🌊
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.
July 3, 2018 in TCM Organs
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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, … Continue reading
Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can provide a safe, effective alternative for many of the health complications that may arise before, during and after pregnancy. A growing number of women are choosing acupuncture to use throughout their pregnancy and as an optional treatment for an overdue or difficult labor.
Planning for a Healthy Baby
Healthy parents produce healthy babies. With acupuncture and TCM, parents can improve their health to create the most optimal environment for their unborn child. In addition to their ability to strengthen, support, and balance overall health and well-being, acupuncture and TCM are an effective treatment for regulating menstruation and hormone levels, reducing stress and addressing any pre-existing medical conditions or concerns that a woman may have.
Acupuncture during Pregnancy
Acupuncture and TCM can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman. There is strong evidence to support that acupuncture is highly effective at treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy including morning sickness, heartburn, insomnia, water retention and sciatica.
Here is a list of some of the problems that an acupuncturist often treats during pregnancy:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Edema and Swelling
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Pelvic Pain
- Neck and Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Leg Cramps
- Fatigue and Exhaustion
- Anxiety and Depression
Acupuncture For Malpostion of The Fetus
Study: Acupuncture Point, UB 67, for Turning a Breech Baby
An acupuncture point on the small toe of the foot (Urinary Bladder 67) has been found to effectively revolve fetuses in breech presentation.
In an Italian study, 240 women at 33-35 weeks of gestation carrying a fetus in breech presentation were randomized to receive acupuncture plus moxibustion (an herb used to apply heat to an acupuncture point) or to be assigned to the observation group. At delivery, the proportion of babies that had turned from breech position to vertex (head-down) position was 53.6 % in the group treated with acupuncture while the proportion of babies that had turned from breech position to vertex position in the observation group was 36.7%.
(Source: J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Apr;15(4):247-52)
Acupuncture for Childbirth
There are many acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, however, if you do not have the luxury of having an acupuncturist at your beside you can obtain significant relief from acupressure. Using your fingers and hands to produce strong stimulation at certain acupuncture points can be just as effective as needles. This works best if your support person learns these acupoints beforehand and massages them for you during labour.
Acupuncture is also commonly used to induce labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening. It is best to wait until after your due date or as a natural alternative to a medical induction as there are many benefits to your baby by waiting until 40 weeks gestation.
Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture can help the transition of those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery. Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, as well as encouraging breast feeding.
Here are some of the postpartum disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:
- Postpartum Depression
- Insufficient or Excessive Lactation
- Post Operative Healing
- Night Sweats
Safety of Acupuncture During Pregnancy
Acupuncture is safe to use while you are pregnant; however, there are some points that can cause contractions and should NOT be needled during pregnancy or should be used with extreme caution. ****It is important to see an acupuncturist that has specific training in pregnancy wellness**** Both Amanda Barone and Kim Tran are trained to safely and effectively treat pregnant women
For more information or to schedule an appointment please call: 905.553.9255 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or book online: www.besthealthacupuncture.com
March 9, 2017 in Conditions Treated With Acupuncture, Fertility
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As most of you know, I will be going on maternity leave at the end of the week. I have arranged for my good friend and colleague Kim Tran to take over treatments while I’m gone. Kim and I met at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and studied under the same teachers. We have similar training and I am confident that she will take good care of my patients while I am away.
Kim has been coming in to the clinic over the past few weeks to job shadow and see how I do things. Some of you may have met her already. If not, you will meet her in just a few short days as her official start date at the clinic is Friday September 23.
Kim’s hours at the clinic will be:
Appointments can be made via our online schedule at www.besthealthacupuncture.com or by calling reception at 905.553.9255
To learn more about Kim please read her bio below:
Kim Tran, Registered Acupuncturist
All my life I knew I wanted to be a healer. I’ve always felt much attuned to people’s energies, and making people feel better was just so natural to me. I was drawn to Chinese Medicine in high school, when I chose to do a research project on Acupuncture. It was amazing to me to learn that our bodies could provide its own healing with a little help from tiny needles. I was truly mesmerized by the list of ailments that could be treated with Chinese Medicine. How is it possible that Acupuncture could help with so many things such as; pain, infertility, headaches, addictions and mental issues? Chinese Medicine called out to me. Through intensive training at Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I learned the theories behind the success of this 3000+ year old medicine.
I am happy to extend a helping and healing hand, while our beloved Amanda gets some well-deserved family time during her maternity leave. I have faith that I can care for you, and help you along your path to wellness and good health.
Kim Tran, HBsc. R.Ac
September 20, 2016 in Announcements
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