Why You Should Try Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy for Your Arthritis

For many people the onset of the cold damp weather also marks the worsening of arthritis symptoms.  With many of the common conventional therapies used to treat this painful condition, risks and side effects can be abundant.  Overuse of pain killers can lead to organ damage (namely stomach, liver, and kidneys), and tolerance leads to a problematic cycle of needing ...

Chinese Scientist Looks to the Past to Save Lives

Chinese Scientist Tu Youyou received a Nobel Prize for her work in developing the most effective anti-malaria drug to date. Her research team delved through volumes of ancient Chinese Medicine texts in the 1970s to “discover” Qing Hao (Artemesia annua), a plant that has been used for thousands of years to treat malaria. Tu Youyou perfected the extraction process by …

The Tangled Roots of TCM

    During acupuncture treatments, I often have people asking me about the origins of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture.  Although I’m quite sure that today, with our modern research and tools, it is practised in a starkly different manner than when it first appeared in the Stone Age.  The fact that a medicine of such importance today can trace ...

Effective Herbal Helpers for the Cold and Flu Season

With the changing of the seasons comes the wretched cold and flu virus.  Luckily, we’ve got some great resources to help us both prevent and combat an attack by this troublesome tag-along.  One of the many great things that alternative medicine has to offer includes solutions for the common cold and flu that can be much more efficient or practical …

Seeking Relief for Irregularity? Try Revamping your Routine!

I once heard an instructor at school declare: “If you aren’t having a bowel movement every day, you might as well be smoking a pack of cigarettes a day!”. An overly dramatic statement to be sure, and there is always argument to what the “perfect regularity” might be, but what he was trying to convey was the extreme importance of …

Natural Treatment of Menopause Symptoms with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Many women consider the symptoms of menopause to be an unavoidable reality of life. The discomforts associated with menopause are in no way obligatory women’s burdens, they are important signs of imbalances in the body that can be addressed and treated. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been successfully treating the symptoms of menopause, both in management and prevention, for thousands of …

Pressure Points for Labour Demonstration Video

Check out this video we shot showing how to find and use pressure points to both help naturally stimulate contractions (induce labour) and provide pain relief during labour, to be used at or after 40 weeks pregnant. Also included is a massage technique to help relieve pain and pressure during childbirth.   Rebecca Stephens Dr.TCM, R.Ac., B.Sc.  

A Call to the Slight of Slumbered:

“Get enough sleep!” How many times have we heard this phrase in lecture from our health care practitioners, friends and loved ones, or the health expert on our news hour break? We hear it so much, it almost gets tuned out, perhaps falling into the pit of “I’ve heard it before” with all the other healthy living phrases like: “reduce …

LH Ovulation Strips for Tracking Fertility – the What, Why, and How

What are LH Ovulation Strips, and why should I be using them? The LH Ovulation Strip is a fast and easy home-use test to predict when you are having your LH (Luteinizing Hormone) surge. This test is a preferred method of tracking when the most fertile days of your cycle occur, and is one of the most reliable predictors of …

Easy Effective Pressure Points for Stress and Anxiety

I would venture to say that every human being on the planet knows what it is like to feel stressed. For some, it may be a few fleeting moments, triggered only perhaps by extreme circumstances. For the large majority of others, stress can be a lot more than just a passing feeling, and too often its left to get to …