• Blog,  Features,  Stress Management,  Women's Health

    Painful Periods? The Power of Acupressure.

    Acupressure is a self empowering, wellness practice, you can do right from home!  Unfortunately, not all acupoints respond to acupressure, as some are just too deep to be accessible through this means and are best therapeutically accessed with needles (acupuncture).  However, some points do respond well to this simple technique, as seen with this study looking at painful periods and acupressure.    Check out this #RelevantResearch that highlights the impact acupressure can have.  This study was looking at intervening with…

  • Blog,  Stress Management

    Acupuncture FAQ

    Acupuncture-Frequently Asked Questions Does it hurt? Most of the time, patients don’t even feel the needles!   It’s funny, having experienced acupuncture for years, I don’t even think of them as “needles” anymore, with respect to the same sense of hurt or discomfort.  Yes, they are needles, but the experience is very different from say, receiving a vaccine or giving blood.     Sometimes a dullness, heavy, aching, or even an electrical sensation may be experienced, these sensations indicate “De Qi” has…

  • Blog,  Nutrition

    The Toss Up: An Orange and A Vitamin C Tablet, do they both land equally?

    This takes me back to 1st year botanical medicine within my Naturopathic medical education.  My professor was highlighting the concept of synergy among plants, and how together the pieces together are greater than the whole. Within botanical medicine, and through diet, parts of the plants (or constituents) can work together, and play off each other, augmenting an outcome that surpasses what would be expected with the individual parts on their own. This leads to the example that my professor provided. …

  • Blog,  Nutrition

    Let Food Be Thy Medicine: 3 Tips to a Plentiful Plate of Phytochemicals.

    Hippocrates put it so well. Have you ever had a meal that was just right for you in that moment, and you finished it feeling fantastic?? …That elated feeling of wellness and satisfaction, your body expressing gratitude for giving it exactly what it needed.?  __________________________________________________________ There’s so much more to food and nutrition than simply providing our bodies with energy or meeting basic human requirements for survival.  There is vast health and wellness potential through nutrition.  Not even getting into…

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    Stress and Perception: Can stress be lowered through our perception of reality?

      What do you see here?  What are your lenses?  How are you perceiving your reality?   Stress-A little is beneficial, too much can be wreaking havoc for our health Stress, we can all relate, at one time or another, to being stressed-out and the experienced effects of too much stress: mood changes, exhaustion, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite and diet etc.  Maybe you’ve caught yourself thinking or saying: “I’m stressed-out” “I’m at the end of my rope” “I’m feeling…