In my blog I will discuss everything TCM.  Questions my patients ask, new research, answers to questions I receive online, my clinic experiences… Feel free to send questions to me on the topic of Traditional Chinese Medicine and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.

Spring is the time to turn inspiration into action, a time to harness the expanding, active, Yang energy and with it, nourish the soil of your goals and dreams.

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Spring – the Rise of Yang Qi

Can you feel the difference? There is no need for internal self-motivation to get out for a run on a nice, sunny, warming Monday morning! Active energy, Yang Qi, is stirring.

Like the dawn of a new day, winter equinox is “Yin within Yin” or “ultimate Yin” heralding in itself the beginning of Yin’s transformation into Yang. Spring equinox (Yang within Yin) is the time where Yang becomes equal to Yin as it continues to grow relatively to Yin to its peak at the summer equinox duly dubbed “Yang within Yang”.

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Here’s how we should be treating acid-reflux.

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Acid Reflux: Adding Fire to Stop the Burn

GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) or acid reflux disease is not a function of too much stomach acid, but, to the contrary, is a function of too LITTLE stomach acid!

Pardon?

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, it’s true. Here’s the explanation.

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Recent scientific studies have shown that Chinese medicinal herbs have proven to have a ‘rebalancing’ effect on the immune system.

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Well That Explains It! Hay Fever: A TCM Perspective

From a traditional Chinese medicine perspective, allergies of any sort are a function of an underlying weakness in certain organ energetic systems, namely those of the Spleen and Lung.

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 If you own your own business, do your health and finances a favor and get on a good plan.

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Benefits Plan for your TCM treatments

A common complaint I hear from my patients is that they feel like they’re forced to rely on conventional medicine when dealing with their health issues because MSP won’t cover much of anything else. Extended medical benefits often cover up to $500 per year for acupuncture and a variety of other alternative medical modalities. $500 is a start, but runs out well before we’ve reached our health goals, and there is rarely any coverage at all for the herbal prescriptions.

And this only applies to those employed by companies that provide extended medical benefits. What if you’re self-employed?

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Chronic ear infections are a common problem among infants and toddlers.

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Chronic Ear Infections: A TCM Approach

Otitis media, or middle-ear infection, is more common in infants of 7 years of age and less. This is due to a delayed development in the structure of the Eustachian tube of the inner ear, combined with a comparatively lower resistance to viruses and bacteria than in adults. An increased incidence of recurrent ear infections occurs in those whose tubes are further malformed or slower to develop than the norm.

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With the emergence of the world of social media and increase in the velocity of information transfer, a new trend in medicine is forming.

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Why is Alternative Medicine ‘Alternative’?

Consumer dollars are showing that an ever-increasing number of North Americans are choosing to complement the still dominant allopathic form of medicine with a variety of ‘alternative’ forms.

In my practice, the majority of my patients are beginning to question the primarily ‘band-aid’ outcomes of their visits to their GP’s and conventional medical specialists.

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Science is beginning to prove what traditional Chinese medicine has claimed for millennia:

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Exciting new research: Scientific proof of Chinese medicine’s principle of Balance

Rather than masking symptoms, Chinese medicine provides curative effect, only now measured at the cellular level!

A recent double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial out of New York, NY by Drs. Li and Brown turned out some ground-breaking results. It showed firstly that a combination of Chinese medicinal herbs had only slightly lesser anti-inflammatory effect than that of the corticosteroid Prednisone, the allopathic drug most commonly used for the treatment of asthma. None of the common side effects of steroid use were observed in those treated with Chinese herbs.

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