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Spring – Tea Subscription

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

Spring – Tea Subscription

Spring is almost here and what better way to transition from the cold, snowy days than with a selection of Chinese herbs to be taken as teas or crafted into other herbal preparations. Three single herbs and one herbal blend make up the Spring selection. Recipe cards with health benefits accompany each card, with general health tips for the season. There are two options for the tea subscription: Buy one season at a time Pre-sale on now for Spring $30 for the season until April 15th and then $35 until sold out – supplies are limited. Also makes a great gift! Quantity:       Buy for the whole year (all 4 seasons) Purchase all 4 seasons for $120 which includes a tea infuser!   Learn more and to purchase head over to tinctures and teas  ...

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Moxibustion and the Kidneys

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Acupuncture | 0 comments

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 treated with moxibustion: joint pain swelling of joints or limbs abdominal cramping digestive disorders low immunity any type of cold condition   The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed health care professional before adding any therapy, exercise, herb or supplement to your diet or health regime. Interested in seeing what TCM can do for you book an appointment here or join our newsletter for other seasonal tips here Find more health tips on facebook   Research articles on moxibustion http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3789413/...

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Mini Acupuncture Sessions for Immunity and Mood

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Acupuncture | 0 comments

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 time will be more of a community style where there may be more than one person receiving acupuncture at the same time.  The points have been selected for easy access covering the following areas – from the elbows and knees down, the head and ear.  Please wear loose, comfortable...

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School Snacks

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

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 like.  The mixture should pour easily.  Pour liquid over dry ingredients and mix well, until everything is coated add in chocolate chips and then pour into greased baking pan.  Press down firmly with spatula or rolling pin. Refrigerate until hard then cut into squares...

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6 Benefits of Blackberries

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Health | 0 comments

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 Chinese medicine food that resembles a particular body part or organ is often beneficial for that particular organ. 5. Contains tannins –  tannins are antimicrobial and may produce other physiological effects, such as blood clotting, decreasing blood pressure and serum lipid level. Recipe for cherry-blackberry popsicles 1 cup blackberries 1 cup cherries 1 tbsp black chia seeds 1/2 cup of coconut milk Blend until smooth, pour into popsicle molds.  Freeze overnight, pop out of molds and roll in shredded coconut or hemp seeds.   Want more seasonal tips sign-up for our newsletter  Join the conversation on facebook The information provided here is for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed health care professional before adding any therapy, exercise, herb or supplement to your diet or health regime.   Resources: Human Anatomy – Tortora http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4127818/...

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