Acupressure for Detoxification

By Kathleen Regan, ND 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 that 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. The internal organs that are most responsible for effective detoxification are the liver, kidneys, digestive system, lungs and skin. While nutrition and supportive supplements are the mainstays of most detoxification programs, lifestyle choices and supportive therapies are also important to help the body flush toxins. For example, TCM cupping and acupuncture can be helpful in supporting the removal of toxins from our bodies. Where daily acupuncture is not be possible during a detox program, acupressure may be used. Acupuncture and acupressure are both techniques rooted in TCM that involve stimulating specific points on the body to promote healing and well-being. While acupuncture requires a registered provider, acupressure can be done in the comfort of your own home and is a great addition to self-care in detoxification programs. […]

By |2024-05-07T13:06:41-04:00May 7th, 2024|Acupuncture, Detoxification/Cleanse, Energy Medicine|Comments Off on Acupressure for Detoxification

The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

By Elizabeth John, RMT Cupping therapy is an ancient healing method that is used to ease back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other issues. It 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 reduces swelling and muscle knots. Types of Cupping Two popular types of cupping are: stationary and sliding. Stationary cupping uses suction only, keeping the cups in place for a set time, usually 5 to 10 minutes. Sliding cupping 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 |2024-04-30T21:07:30-04:00April 30th, 2024|Acupuncture, Detoxification/Cleanse, Massage Therapy, Pain and Fatigue, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture|Comments Off on The Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Men’s Health During the Winter Season

By Xianmin Yu, R.TCMP & R.Ac According to the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), men’s kidney essence starts to decline at the age of 40. It is time for you to do some preparation to deal with this natural process, especially during the severe cold winter. How can you manage to strengthen your body and relieve the stress and pressure of work? TCM has already given you the guidance in its classic “Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic”, i.e., nourishing your kidneys and storing the essence. According to TCM, the human body corresponds to natural seasons, i.e., the liver corresponding to spring, the heart corresponding to early to middle summer, the spleen corresponding to middle to late summer, the lung corresponding to autumn, and the kidney corresponding to winter. The warm spring nourishes the liver, while the hot summer nourishes the heart and the spleen. After the cool autumn nourishes the lungs, the cold winter is around the corner. Winter is the season of replenishing energy and nourishing the kidney. It is a perfect time for kidney to store its essence and consolidate your body foundation. Thus, here are a few important suggestions for you to consider. […]

By |2023-04-28T10:24:20-04:00November 28th, 2020|Acupuncture, Men's Health, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture|Comments Off on Men’s Health During the Winter Season

Chinese Herbal Medicine & Weight Loss

By Xianmin Yu, R.TCMP & R.Ac   What can herbs/formulas do to help with obesity? The goal of Traditional Chinese herbs/formulas in weight loss is to help speed up metabolism and thus reduce weight. With the combination of acupuncture, it is expected to: Suppress your appetite Increase your feeling of fullness Reduce triglyceride and LDL cholesterol level in plasma. You may have more bowel movements and urination than before. This is a sign of the body speeding up metabolism and detoxing. […]

By |2021-06-01T00:55:29-04:00November 13th, 2019|Acupuncture, Weight Loss|Comments Off on Chinese Herbal Medicine & Weight Loss

Traditional Chinese Medicine for PCOS Treatment

By Xianmin Yu, R.Ac, R.TCMPPolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common health issue among women of childbearing age, with an incidence as high as 10%. It is characterized by hormonal imbalance and may be accompanied by many other abnormal metabolisms. The ovaries may not be able to develop eggs or release eggs regularly.What are the symptoms of PCOS?Most commonly observed clinical symptoms are:Irregular menstrual period, including prolonged or irregular periods, or even stopped periods.Weight problems, including weight gain and it is very difficult to lose weight.Abnormal hair growth and loss in unwanted areas, including excess facial and body hair which are due to elevated levels of male hormone, and/or hair loss on the head.Acne on face and chest, sometimes upper back. […]

By |2024-04-08T02:09:25-04:00August 16th, 2019|Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Women's Wellness|Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Medicine for PCOS Treatment

Infertility – A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach

By Xian Min R.Ac Infertility is is defined as unsuccessful attempts to get pregnancy with frequent and unprotected sex for at least 12 months. Females who are not able to stay pregnant after conception may also be regarded as infertile. Infertility is not always a female’s problem, it could be either female’s problem, or male’s problem, or a combination of both. There might be some accompanied symptoms such as irregular menstruation or even amenorrhea in women, or hairy, or obesity. In this article, we focus on female infertility. […]

By |2018-10-01T18:17:37-04:00October 1st, 2018|Acupuncture, Fertility|Comments Off on Infertility – A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach

Synergy Acu-facial

By Evelyn Cho, Registered Acupuncturist Facial acupuncture has been gained popularity over the past few years as a natural way to slow the aging process. Although much of the treatment is targeted to the face and jaw, it is truly a revitalization process designed to help the whole body look and feel younger. Specific points are chosen to address underlying imbalances and/or root causes that accelerate the aging process. Ultimately, the whole body is restored to a state of harmony to bring out the innate radiance of an individual. […]

By |2018-08-01T17:33:41-04:00July 30th, 2018|Acupuncture, Self Care|Comments Off on Synergy Acu-facial

PMS Success with Acupuncture

By Evelyn Cho, Registered Massage Therapist & Registered Acupuncturist Mood swings. Headache. Tender breasts. Acne. Cramps. Back pain… Most women will experience various degrees of these common PMS symptoms at some point.  Many thinking that’s just the way it is, reach for the pain medications or chocolate and soldier on. But it certainly doesn’t have to be so unpleasant!  Acupuncture plus a few lifestyle tweaks can go a long way to keep you comfortable when it’s that time of the month.  […]

By |2018-03-06T15:38:56-05:00March 6th, 2018|Acupuncture, Women's Wellness|Comments Off on PMS Success with Acupuncture

Perimenopausal Relief with Acupuncture

By Xianmin Yu, Registered Acupuncturist What is perimenopause? Perimenopause refers to a period around menopause, which marks a transition period of female’s sexual function from maturity to decline or to the end of reproductive time. This transition period usually starts in the mid-40s, but some females might even start this process as early as their late-30s. Perimenopause is actually a normal process for females to have some physiological changes. Due to body constitution differences, and social and psychological factors, females who could not adapt to this physiological transition smoothly, would develop perimenopausal syndrome accordingly. Perimenopause involves a series of clinical symptoms caused by endocrine (i.e., reproductive endocrine and neuroendocrine) disorders and autonomic dysfunction which are triggered by decreased estrogen level. As ovarian function declines to complete loss, both blood estrogen and progesterone levels drop, which breaks up the balance of hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis, and thus leads to autonomic dysfunction. Typical symptoms are irregular periods (i.e., the coming period is unpredictable as the length of time between two periods varies dramatically). Popular clinical symptoms include sleep disorders (i.e., insomnia, shallow sleep, easy to wake up, dreaminess), sweating after hot flashes, fatigue, palpitation, dizziness, ear ringing, irritability, depression, anxiety, joints pain (osteoarthritis), low back sore, and heel pain. Other common clinical symptoms include forgetful, breast fullness, abnormal skin sensations, knee weakness, decreased sexual desire, intercourse pain, etc. Thee symptoms vary in severity, and may show up partially or entirely in some severe cases. […]

By |2024-05-14T04:02:34-04:00March 6th, 2018|Acupuncture, Women's Wellness|Comments Off on Perimenopausal Relief with Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Energy, Pain & Stress Management 

Q & A with Evelyn Cho, RMT, R.Ac Meet Evelyn! She is a new acupuncturist at Innate Wellness. She brings a great balance to our acupuncture practice with a background as a Registered Massage Therapist & Registered Acupuncturist. She blends the two therapies but only offers acupuncture sessions at Innate Wellness. Her knowledge gives her a great edge in the treatment of chronic fatigue, chronic pain and chronic stress. We sat down to ask her a few tips about managing these conditions with acupuncture. Evelyn practices on Wednesdays at our High Park location. Call the front desk to book an appointment! What is your focus in your acupuncture practice? My main focus is chronic pain and fatigue.  I have worked as a Massage therapist for 10 years, so I have a lot of experience treating acute injuries, repetitive strains, and trauma from sports or accidents.  Recently, I’ve turned my attention to chronic pain or fibromyalgia, which doesn’t always have an obvious cause or progression.  The combination of massage therapy and acupuncture work very well together to alleviate pain and improve energy levels.  In addition, I’ve worked with a lot of fertility cases, headaches/migraines, and facial rejuvenation. Can acupuncture be used to improve energy & motivation?  It sure can! Many find the cold months very challenging, moods are depressed and energy is lower.  It’s usually helpful to make a few lifestyle and dietary tweaks in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. I usually recommend a course of 10 weekly treatments to make a major shift, but people usually notice significant improvement by 5-6 treatments. […]

By |2019-04-08T19:51:32-04:00January 9th, 2018|Acupuncture, Mental Clarity, Pain and Fatigue, Women's Wellness|Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Energy, Pain & Stress Management 
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