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Cooling Acupuncture Points for Summer

Cooling Acupuncture Points for Summer

During the heat of the summer the first thing we think of to cool off is ice…..ice tea, ice cream, iced lattes, and the list goes on.  In Chinese medicine we encourage cooling the body down in gentler way rather than freezing our insides.  One way is to eat cooling food – cucumber, watermelon, chrysanthemum tea, green leafy lettuce, spinach and eggplant.  Another way is to press cooling points.  There are acupuncture points in the body that have the affect of clearing heat (ie. cooling the body).  They are easy to locate and press.   PC 3 – located at the inner elbow next to the large tendon on the inside of the body. This point is especially good for sun stroke and can be used for skin eruptions or anxiety caused by heat.       Ht 8 – located on the palm between the pinky and ring finger, when you make a fist it is the point where the little finger rests. Press this point if  summer...

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Summer Fruit the TCM Way

Summer Fruit the TCM Way

Everyone knows fruit is healthy and summer is a great time to eat your share of fresh berries, cherries, peaches, nectarines and melons.  The health benefits of summer fruit can be preserved through freezing, canning and making medicinal wines.  Let’s take a look at some of my favourite summer fruits from a Chinese medicine perspective. Strawberries moisten the lungs and support the spleen, which regulates digestion. Eat fresh strawberries or make strawberry juice for dry cough, sore throat, thirst, indigestion or hangover. Peaches promote blood circulation, moistens the intestines and checks perspiration.  Fresh peaches can be eaten for dry cough. Raspberries can help control urination and dizziness.  Eat fresh raspberries or drink raspberry juice to nourish the liver and kidney. Cherries can boost your Qi or energy and promote blood circulation.  Eating fresh cherries can help with numbness in arms and legs and backache.   For more seasonal tips sign up for our newsletter here Join the conversation on facebook  The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Always consult...

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Feeling Anxious?  Try Acupuncture

Feeling Anxious? Try Acupuncture

Anxiety is becoming a health concern for more and more people, from mild feelings of uneasiness to full blown panic attacks. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can offer some relief in the form of acupuncture and herbal medicine, however adding in other practices from  exercise to mindfulness to essential oils can enhance TCM’s effects. In TCM anxiety is often related to the Heart system, which isn’t just the physical organ, although that can explain why palpitations are a common symptom.  The Heart is related to the Shen or Spirit, therefore many acupuncture point names used for anxiety contain the word shen.  Below are several points I like to use in my practice to “calm the Shen” Gb13 Ben Shen – to locate look straight ahead and follow the middle of your eye up to the hairline, just behind the hairline off to the side you should feel a depression – massage this point. Ht7 Shen Men – to locate hold your palm face up, draw a line from the pinky...

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Kid’s Health – Part Three

Kid’s Health – Part Three

When prevention doesn’t work remedies are sometimes needed.  Different therapies can be used depending on the age of the child, the condition and the severity. 1. Massage Massage at home can be a soothing treatment.  Abdominal massage can help regulate digestion and elimination. The most common is to use your fingertips to make little circles starting at the lower right abdomen working up, across and then down ending on the lower left side.  The pressure should be firm but gentle with continuous contact with the skin.  Massaging the feet can be relaxing and calming.  When my daughter was younger I would always rub her feet before bed, sometimes with an oil infused with lavender. 2. Dietary changes Kids do get sick and it is best to treat them as soon as possible, examining children’s stools is a good way to see what is happening internally.  If stools suddenly become loose check the diet and make appropriate changes, possibly reducing or eliminating raw, cold, sweet, greasy/fried foods or excessive dairy. 3....

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Kid’s Health – Part Two

In part two we look at the role rest and activity play, as well as hygiene.  It is important to have a balance between rest and activity so when children are awake it is necessary for them to get some physical exercise especially outside.  Physical activity benefits the spleen, stomach, heart and lungs thereby simultaneously consuming the body’s energy (qi and blood) and stimulating production. When the qi and blood of the body is strong through proper diet and balanced exercise and rest it prevents pathogens from entering the body in the same way the immune system protects one from illness.  Below are some tips for balancing rest and activity set a regular bedtime – ideally with a routine that signals the body it is time to sleep.  Incorporating whatever may be calming for the child – bath or story spend time in free play – unstructured time allows kids to create games, explore the physical limits, use their imagination having quiet time during the day – drawing, reading,...

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