• 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

    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…