• The Basics

    Spring, the Awakening of Nature

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Spring in Traditional Chinese Medicine is characterized by the rise of Yang energy. The sun warms the earth and nature awakens. It is the start of a new cycle. A similar process takes place in ourselves. New plans are set in motion and our body is waking up. Spring is associated with the Wood element and with the Liver and the Gallbladder meridians. The Liver The Liver stores the Blood which moistens the eyes and sinews, and regulates menstruation. The Liver smoothens the flow of Qi which affects emotions like irritability, anger, depression, and premenstrual syndrome. The Liver houses the ethereal soul (Hun) which is responsible…

  • Health issues

    Pain Management

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Many people live with pain everyday. Sometimes this pain is present at every moment, making each activity difficult to accomplish, disturbing sleep and mood. Acupuncture can be a good non-addictive alternative to opioids and a good adjunct treatment to massage therapy, chiropractic, and physiotherapy.  How does acupuncture relieve pain? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a person’s health is influenced by the quantity, quality, and balanced state of vital energy known as Qi. The acupuncturist introduces fine needles in strategic places to harmonize this energy and thus promote health and reduce pain. According to science, the insertion of needles at specific points of the body promotes the release…

  • The Basics

    Seasonal Changes

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Acupuncture can help many health conditions, but did you know that it can also be useful at preventing diseases? In China, over a hundred years ago, people only paid their acupuncturists when they were healthy. If you fell ill, the acupuncturist would treat you free of charge until your health returned. For almost three thousand years, Chinese medicine practitioners have been offering their patients a few annual appointments to strengthen their vital forces and immune system. This actually constitutes the very foundation of this holistic and preventive medicine. Over the millennia, seasonal protocols have been put in place and tested to prevent the onset of diseases…

  • The Basics

    What is Acupuncture?

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Acupuncture, an Ancient Wisdom Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that has been around for a long period of time and some say that it is four to five thousand years old. Acupuncture is part of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with Chinese medicinal herbs, Chinese diet, Tui Na massage, and energy exercises such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Acupuncture is a holistic approach which means that it treats the person as a whole, taking into consideration not only the physical symptoms but also the mental, emotional, social, and environmental factors. It acts on the Qi, the energy which circulates in the body…

  • Techniques

    What is the AcuGraph?

    Reading Time: 3 minutes The AcuGraph is a digital imaging system that allows an in-depth analysis of the state of the acupuncture meridians. The examination is painless and is performed very quickly by touching the skin while using a probe in specific places on the hands and feet. With the AcuGraph, we get a series of graphs that give a detailed picture of the balances and imbalances of Qi (energy) in your meridians. This helps to make more informed decisions about your condition and thus give you the best possible treatment. Plus, the AcuGraph makes it easy to track your health from one treatment to the next. AcuGraph is a…