Can Acupuncture Help Lymphatic Health?

Louise Smith, R.Ac Understanding the Lymphatic System The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in maintaining our overall health and well-being as a component of the circulatory, immune, and metabolic systems. The main functions of the lymphatic system is the maintenance of fluid balance in the body, immunity, and distribution of dietary fats to the bloodstream for metabolism. When the lymphatic system is not functioning optimally, it can become congested leading to fluid retention or lymphedema, swollen lymph nodes, and compromised immune function leading to other more serious health issues. Learn more about the lymphatic system here. […]

By |2024-06-06T13:32:59-04:00June 6th, 2024|Acupuncture, Lymphatic Drainage|Comments Off on Can Acupuncture Help Lymphatic Health?

What is Lymphatic Drainage?

By Kathleen Regan, ND”What is lymphatic drainage?” This therapy has become a popular part of natural treatments and is mentioned for health promotion, detoxification, digestion, fluid retention, immune dysfunction, injury support and chronic pain. Treatments that may stimulate lymphatic drainage range from herbal supports to self-care routines to manual therapies like lymphatic drainage massage.  But what is the lymphatic system and why is it important?The lymphatic system consists of a network of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, and lymphatic organs such as the spleen and thymus. It helps to defend the body against infections, maintains fluid balance by returning excess fluid from tissues to the bloodstream, and assists in the absorption of fats from the digestive system. […]

By |2024-07-09T02:54:33-04:00May 30th, 2024|Lymphatic Drainage|Comments Off on What is Lymphatic Drainage?

Acupressure Points for Detoxification

By Kathleen Regan, NDAcupressure points for detoxification can be a valuable tool for supporting the body’s natural cleansing processes year-round. Spring is a natural time for detoxification. The warming weather provides a supportive environment to detoxify without putting too much strain on the body. The natural warmth in the spring/summer environment supports the organs of detoxification, especially the digestive system and kidneys, which are most sensitive to cold temperatures. Detoxification in the spring and summer rather than the winter prevents injury to these systems according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory.Acupressure, a TCM technique involving the application of pressure to specific points on the body, can be particularly beneficial for regulating the flow of qi (vital energy) and promoting the elimination of toxins and waste products. By targeting acupressure points associated with detoxification, such as those on the hands, feet, and legs, you can support your body’s natural ability to cleanse itself of harmful substances. Acupressure massage and stimulating these pressure points can help flush out toxins, aid in liver detoxification, and improve overall well-being.In addition to acupressure, other TCM modalities like acupuncture and cupping can also be incorporated into a comprehensive detoxification program. These therapies work to balance the body’s energy, reduce inflammation, and enhance the function of the detoxifying organs. When combined with a healthy diet, proper hydration, and other lifestyle changes, acupressure and related TCM practices can be a powerful way to naturally detoxify and revitalize your body. […]

By |2024-07-09T03:06:24-04:00May 7th, 2024|Acupuncture, Detoxification/Cleanse, Energy Medicine|Comments Off on Acupressure Points for Detoxification

The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

By Elizabeth John, RMTThe benefits of cupping therapy are numerous, as this ancient healing method is used to ease back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other issues. Cupping therapy uses suction to pull on your skin and increase blood flow to the affected area. It can ease scar tissue deep within muscles and connective tissues, and reduce swelling and muscle knots.Types of CuppingTwo popular types of cupping are: stationary and sliding. Stationary cupping therapy uses suction only, keeping the cups in place for a set time, usually 5 to 10 minutes. Sliding cupping therapy is a traditional therapy that has been used for centuries to manage pain and promote relaxation. This therapy involves applying suction cups to the skin, which are subsequently moved around the body to promote blood flow and relieve muscle tension. Sliding cupping is more like a deep tissue massage where the provider moves the cups over the area of pain or concern. […]

By |2024-06-07T10:04:17-04:00April 30th, 2024|Acupuncture, Detoxification/Cleanse, Massage Therapy, Pain and Fatigue, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture|Comments Off on The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Experience Sound Therapy with HIBIKI Music Boxes

By Etsuko Ikeda, Reiki MasterHarnessing Natural Sound Frequencies for HealingSound therapy with HIBIKI music boxes, harnesses specific sound frequencies to positively influence brainwave activity and promote mental and physical well-being. In the natural world, there are ultra-high and low-frequency sounds that have a strong influence on the brainstem and hypothalamus, which are the life centers, and promote natural healing in humans, animals, and even plants. By using sound waves produced by instruments such as Tibetan bowls and tuning forks, these therapy sessions effectively address the need for relaxation and mental clarity. Sessions leverage the unique properties of sound vibrations to immerse the body and mind in a deeply soothing experience, beginning with the gentle resonances that harmonize with your natural rhythms to induce calm and recovery.What is the HIBIKI?HIBIKI is a sound or voice that can be heard by the ear, expressed in units of hertz. The frequencies that can be heard by the human ear are generally said to be approximately 20 to 20,000 hertz – this is called the audible range. The higher the frequency, the higher the sound is perceived by the human ear.Functions of our Hypothalamus and BrainstemThe HypothalamusThe hypothalamus is in the diencephalon at the deepest part of the brain. It is an extremely important region that regulates body temperature, appetite, sleep, and water and salt levels in the body. It also works with the nearby hippocampus to regulate memory and consciousness.The BrainstemThe brainstem consists of the midbrain, pons, and diencephalon. It directly controls autonomic functions essential for survival, such as breathing, heartbeat, and digestive body temperature regulation. It also controls the functions of regulating sleep, wakefulness levels, posture, and movement. For maintaining and recovering health, the brainstem is essential.Inaudible [...]

By |2024-05-13T03:21:10-04:00April 2nd, 2024|Energy Medicine, Mind Body Medicine|Comments Off on Experience Sound Therapy with HIBIKI Music Boxes

Diets and Foods That Can Help With Migraines

by Kathleen Regan, NDWhat are Migraines?Migraine headaches, characterized by intense pain, often come with symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and fatigue. Diet plays a key role in managing these episodes. Research indicates that certain foods can either trigger or help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines. Identifying and avoiding foods that cause migraines, while incorporating migraine-reducing foods into your diet, can be a proactive approach to minimizing symptoms. This strategy is part of a broader migraine diet plan that aims to identify dietary causes of migraines and employ natural remedies for migraine headaches. […]

By |2024-04-08T03:02:06-04:00June 14th, 2023|Allergies, Digestion, Mental Clarity, Migraines, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition, Pain and Fatigue|Comments Off on Diets and Foods That Can Help With Migraines

How To Test For Insulin Resistance and High Blood Sugar Levels

By Kathleen Regan, NDInsulin resistance is a condition where cells become less sensitive to the hormone insulin, leading to high blood sugar levels. Tests for insulin resistance and high blood sugar can help potentially avoid metabolic health issues. In this blog, we will explore what insulin resistance and high blood sugar are and what tests are used to detect them.What is ‘Blood Sugar’?Blood is the amount of sugar/glucose found in your bloodstream. Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is important for overall health, as high levels can lead to serious complications.Is It Normal To Have Sugar In The Blood?A certain level of blood glucose is normal. However, significantly elevated levels can make it difficult for the body to make enough insulin. Our body has developed ways of controlling sugars so that they aren’t too high or too low. A number of things will cause sugar to be released into the blood including food, drink, exercise, stress, dehydration, illness or infection. We use sugar as an energy source. Any signal that the body requires energy can stimulate the release of glucose from our own bodily supply.How Do I Know If My Blood Sugar Is Too High?There are several signs that blood sugar is too high including:• increased thirst and a dry mouth,• needing to pee frequently,• tiredness,• blurred vision,• headaches,• unintentional weight loss,• recurrent infections, such as yeast infections, bladder infections (cystitis) and skin infections.However, these are signs that blood sugar has been elevated for some time. High levels of sugar in the blood are often diagnosed too late. […]

By |2024-07-09T03:16:32-04:00May 1st, 2023|Diabetes, Fertility, Hormone Health, Naturopathic Medicine|Comments Off on How To Test For Insulin Resistance and High Blood Sugar Levels

Why Do I Suddenly Have Allergy Symptoms?

As an adult, do you find yourself asking “why do I suddenly have allergy symptoms?”. Unfortunately, allergies usually start early in life with most people showing symptoms in childhood or young adulthood. It is therefore a surprise to adults when they suddenly develop symptoms such as: itchy skinwatery eyesrunny nosesneezingskin rashesstomach crampsvomiting.But, what causes allergies to develop? A family history of allergies will predispose you to develop allergies at any age but environmental factors should be taken into consideration with adult-onset allergies. The reason for sudden allergy symptoms is a common chemical found in the body called histamine, which often necessitates the use of an antihistamine. Why Do I Have Allergies All of a Sudden?Can you suddenly become allergic to something? Unfortunately, the answer is yes and here’s why: Histamine.Histamine is a chemical found in the body which is responsible for many of the uncomfortable symptoms of allergies. Yet it has many important functions in the body. It can be considered a ‘communication’ molecule sending signals throughout the body. Here are some examples of the positive roles that histamine plays: It stimulates your stomach to produce stomach acid which helps you break down foodIt stimulates inflammatory reactions so that the immune system can do its job of fighting off invaders such as parasites. It promotes wakefulness in the brain.So, is it possible to develop allergies this way? Each time your body produces histamine in response to inflammation, the body requires enzymes to break that histamine down. If your body is in a state of constant inflammation or if you lack specific enzymes, the burden of histamine increases, and you may begin to show signs of allergies. The burden of histamine rises as we age.  Factors that Lead to Increased Histamine [...]

By |2024-07-09T03:25:01-04:00March 14th, 2023|Allergies|Comments Off on Why Do I Suddenly Have Allergy Symptoms?

MORA BioResonace Smoking Cessation Program

BioResonance therapy was invented in Germany and is used in many countries worldwide. It has been found to be highly effective in treating ailments, such as allergies, skin problems, chemical and heavy metal toxicity and other conditions including nicotine addiction. It has been used successfully in helping individuals quit smoking, with dramatic results after a maximum of three treatments, but often one treatment is enough. How Does This Treatment Work? Using MORA BioResonance therapy, the frequency pattern of nicotine in the body is inverted back to the body. This produces what is called a phase cancellation and helps the body to dispense with the memory of nicotine and return to its original state prior to addiction. As a result, the body’s detoxification system is stimulated to eliminate nicotine and the associated cigarette toxins through the kidneys and skin.  Using BioResonance therapy medications or treatments to stop smoking reduces the urge to smoke as well as the physical cravings, as it cancels the nicotine’s hold on your body. It is a painless therapy, and BioResonance therapy medication is safe and effective. Some people feel a slight tingling, but most feel no sensation during the treatment. You will be given MORA Drops that contain the therapy information to support you in the weeks following your treatment. There are also counselling and psychotherapy available as required.  Contact our BioResonance therapy team of experts to find out more about our BioResonance therapy treatments and MORA BioResonace Smoking Cessation program.

By |2023-02-23T09:24:21-05:00February 15th, 2023|MORA Treatment|Comments Off on MORA BioResonace Smoking Cessation Program

Why Choose a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are healthcare providers that use natural remedies to support healing and wellness. So, why choose a naturopathic doctor? All licensed NDs in Ontario, including our team of licensed naturopathic doctors, must complete a minimum of three years of university-level training, including pre-medical courses, and four years at an accredited naturopathic medical program. The foundation of naturopathic medicine training is rooted in health sciences, while the therapies include clinical nutrition, supplementation, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and lifestyle counselling. Benefits of a Naturopathic Doctor for Your Health and Well-BeingHere are the top 4 reasons why you might choose to see a Naturopathic Medicine Doctor. Comprehensive ConsultationsYou are looking for more time to discuss your health concerns in depth with a trained healthcare practitioner. Naturopathic medical doctor visits range in length, but the average appointment time is 45-60 minutes. This allows you to discuss your health concerns at length without feeling like you have to rush and possibly leave something important out of the discussion. The benefits of seeing a naturopath include having a thorough understanding of your health history and current conditions, which is essential for providing individualized care. Holistic ApproachYou are wondering if different types of symptoms may be connected. As holistic practitioners, naturopathic doctors consider all of your health concerns as part of a larger pattern or picture. No matter how seemingly unconnected your symptoms might seem, your ND would like to hear about each concern. A doctor of naturopathy will further explore the details and timing of your concerns in the context of your health history and look to see if there is a common thread. NDs believe in treating the ‘root cause’ and thereby addressing all of the different ‘branches’ or symptoms. [...]

By |2024-06-10T02:19:08-04:00February 8th, 2023|Naturopathic Medicine|Comments Off on Why Choose a Naturopathic Doctor?
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