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Herbs for Digestion

Last week I was interviewed by Heather Woodruff, a certified nutritionist. We chatted on FB live about digestion, herbs and her elimination program, for which I made a special herbal tea blend.  Watch the interview here.  Below is a list of the herbs I mention in the video. Herbs for digestion Warming: ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, rose bud Cooling: mint,...

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Moxibustion and the Kidneys

Moxibustion and the Kidneys

Moxibustion is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine, often in conjunction with acupuncture, however it can be used on it’s own.  Most commonly in clinics the herb ai ye or mugwort is used in a stick form or rolled into small rice size pieces. There are many different ways of performing moxibustion; ai ye can be applied to the top of the acupuncture needle, or on top of herbs such as slices of ginger. In my clinic I typically use a smokeless stick over acupuncture needles or along meridians to warm and tonify the acupuncture points. Moxibustion has the following effects 1. Warming the body 2. Increasing blood flow 3. Strengthening the effect of acupuncture points 4. Turning breech babies 5. Tonifying or boosting the body’s energy Through it’s warming effects on the body moxibustion can help reduce swelling and ease joint pain or other types of pain aggravated by cold and damp. It can also aid in the recovery of injuries by promoting blood circulation. Common conditions...

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Mini Acupuncture Sessions for Immunity and Mood

Mini Acupuncture Sessions for Immunity and Mood

As the days grow shorter and the seemingly endless grey skies overcome us many people find their mood dips along with their immunity.  Fall is the time of the lung system in Chinese medicine which is closely associated with our immune system and related to the emotion of sadness or grief.  During this time people may experience recurring colds, coughs, depression, feelings of melancholy. Acupuncture can help lift your mood, boost your energy and your immune system during the seemingly endless (in Vancouver at least) drizzly days of fall and winter. To ensure a healthy fall and winter we are offering 6 weeks of mini acupuncture sessions every week Thursday afternoon. Treatments are designed to lift your spirits and strengthen your lung system. Date: Begins Thursday, October 6th, 2016 Time:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Length: 30 minutes Cost: $30 Benefits: improved energy, stronger immune system, lighter mood and relaxation. Booking: email angela@drforan.ca to book. Booking ahead is advised however walk-ins are welcome during this time. Treatments during this...

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School Snacks

School Snacks

This year my daughter started Kindergarten and I am committed to making healthy, waste free lunches and snacks.  She loves granola bars but I wanted to make a version with a little bit more nutrition but just as tasty.  This version is also gluten free and nut free. Although I used rice crisps (that’s what I had on hand) oats would be great. Ingredients DRY 1 c toasted millet 2 c rice crisps 1/2 c coconut flakes 3/4 pumpkin seeds 1/2 c raisins 1/4 c chocolate chips 1/4 c hemp hearts 2 tbsp chia seeds   WET 1/3 – 1/2 c honey 1/2 – 3/4 c sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) unsweetened 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla Directions: Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, except chocolate chips.  Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over low medium heat, add in honey, vanilla and Sun butter stir until well mixed and smooth. I start with the lower amounts of honey and Sunbutter until I get a sweetness and thickness I...

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6 Benefits of Blackberries

6 Benefits of Blackberries

Blackberries are bountiful this year and like all berries they are full of antioxidants.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they have other health benefits 1. Protect the body – blackberries are part of the rubus family and have antioxidant properties. The berries contain vitamin C, niacin, magnesium plus vitamin A and K. 2. Benefit the blood – vitamin K helps regulate blood clotting and magnesium helps to regulate blood pressure 3.  Nourish the kidneys – in traditional Chinese medicine each organ system has an associated colour, which roughly corresponds to the seasons.  For the kidney system the colour is black, therefore foods black in colour are found to nourish the kidneys.  Examples are black sesame seeds, black beans, black soybean 4.  Nourish the lungs – fruits and veggies that ripen at the end of a season usually aid the body in transitioning to the following season.  Blackberries usually ripen towards the end of summer.  Taking a closer look at a blackberry it resembles the alveoli of the lungs.  Often in...

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