Nightshades; everything you need to know.

Have you heard of Nightshades before? Nope, it actually isn’t a window covering specific to the night – surprising, right…?

Nightshades, also known as Solanaceae, are a family of flowering plants. They include a variety of plants such as; perennials, annuals, lianas, epiphytes, shrubs, trees, weeds, spices, medicinal plants, and ornamentals. Nightshades are unique because of the potent alkaloids they contain, some are so high they are actually toxic. ‘Alkaloids are nitrogenous organic substances produced by plants as a secondary metabolite and which have an intense physiological action on animals even at low doses’.

Some of the common house hold nightshades include but are not limited to;

  • Tomatoes
  • White Potatoes
  • Egg Plant
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chilli Peppers
  • Tobacco
  • Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper

Note: Neither Sweet Potato nor Black Pepper are Nightshades, even though white potatoes and various peppers are. This is simply because the plant is different.

To humans, alkaloids can be desirable or toxic. A large portion of the population will not have an issue with nightshades, however, nightshades can have a negative impact on people with autoimmune diseases or even people with a sensitive digestive system.

Why?

Evidence has shown that people with Rheumatoid Arthritis have experienced increased joint pain and/or stiffness associated with Nightshades. Although there is not a singular reason as to why nightshades can increase joint pain, there are a few studies that explain it well. A study was done on mice with IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome), when the mice were fed potato skins the inflammation increase substantially. The higher the alkaloid content in the potato, the worse the inflammation.

This theory suggests that Nightshades were designed specifically to contain alkaloids for the simple reason that it is poisonous. It truly is an ingenious design. Nightshades contain alkaloids at different quantities that act as their very own pesticide. With this ability, they are able to preserve themselves longer and are less likely to be overtaken by mold or insects. The higher quantities tend to be in the leafs and stem; since we don’t eat that part of the plant and we are bigger than insects, the alkaline quantity tends not to bother most people. However, a connection between higher alkaloids in a plant and increased inflammation in autoimmune diseases is quite prevalent.

Another theory suggests it has to do with Vitamin D absorption. Although Vitamin D is a necessity, Nightshades can have a very potent quantity of Vitamin D3. This can actually prevent proper calcium metabolism, therefor causing the body to deposit calcium in the soft tissue.

I can’t stress enough that Nightshades do not have a negative effect on everyone. The people that will notice the negative side of nightshades are mostly either individuals with autoimmune deficient and/or digestive disturbances. Nightshades can be extremely high in nutrients and vitamins, therefor being beneficial to individuals who don’t suffer from an autoimmune disease. So, if you don’t have an autoimmune disease or digestive sensitivities, then just keep on doing what you’re doing with Nightshades. If you do have an autoimmune disease or digestive sensitivities, then I would highly suggest cutting out night shades for about two weeks completely, and then slowly introduce one at a time back into your diet. By doing this you will be able to notice if one particular item increases inflammation/stiffness/pain/digestive issues. Once you have identified the culprit, you can confidentiality have a positive impact on your own health.

My experience with Nightshades:

As you may know, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune immune disease when I was twelve. I learnt about Nightshades about six years ago and it was such a relief to be able to help pin point what caused stiffness and pain in my body. I totally eliminated Nightshades and then introduced them back into my diet one at a time. I have noticed that potatoes and peppers are the main culprits in the Nightshade family – I have an increased discomfort and stiffness within the hour after eating them. Whereas, with tomatoes, I notice no such thing. So feel free to play around and listen to your body, it will tell you which (if any) Nightshades should be eliminated.

References:

Healing with Whole Foods – Paul Pitchford

Plants of Canada

Paleoleap.com

Diagnosis diet.com

My Gratitude Practice

As you may have noticed, over the last month I have been posting my daily gratitude on social media. The definition of gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”. I think the main thing to take away from the definition of gratitude is readiness to return kindness. This is such a huge thing, especially in our world right now. I feel like there is so much negativity and anger in our world, it is so easy to get wrapped up in it. I’ve noticed that we (people in general) are so programmed to only talk about the negative, that if we talk about what is going well in our life it is considered ‘bragging’. In my opinion, this needs to change. Celebrate the positive in your life, be conscious of why you love what you love. I promise you, you can find something to be grateful for – everyday.

Ever since I started consciously thinking about what I am grateful for, I have noticed I am much happier over all. You can’t help but be happy when you think about all you have to be grateful for. Daily gratitude can be something as simple as dinner, or going to bed at night. Below, I have listed my daily gratitudes along with any that anyone shared with me over the past month. I hope enjoy and feel the Love!

  • I am grateful for my wonderful friend who happens to be an amazing practitioner.
  • I am so grateful that we have had the opportunity to grow our own heard over the past three years.
  • I am grateful for the signs the Universe sends me daily. Thank you Universe.
  • I am so grateful for our dogs.
  • I am so grateful for my education.
  • I am grateful for nature. 21430096_1468973756517288_1040462895756903189_n
  • I am grateful for my yoga mat and my 6:30am class.
  • I am grateful for all my teachers.
  • I am who I am because of my teachers too numerous to mention.
  • I am grateful for my four fantastic daughters that are there through good and bad.
  • I am grateful for my clinic space.
  • I am grateful for the rain.
  • I am grateful for good health.
  • I am grateful that I have been able to take Sundays off over the last few months.
  • I am grateful for a professional community that not only works to make lives stronger, happier, better, but that in doing so affects me and my life the same way.
  • I am grateful for sunshine and warm temperatures.
  • I am grateful for family dinners and laughter with kids, big and little.
  • I am grateful for my ginger tea.
  • I am grateful for friends and family.
  • I am grateful for getting back into routine.
  • I am grateful for everyone who has participated with me so far in this gratitude practice. 21729030_1472062226208441_7422045076642503509_o
  • I am grateful for the rain.
  • I am grateful for the beautiful rain.
  • I am grateful for my patients.
  • I am grateful for you.
  • I am grateful to see posts about gratitude.
  • I am grateful for your talent and knowledge.
  • I am grateful that I have you in my life.
  • I am grateful for the ability to disconnect from technology.
  • I am grateful for my sisters and mom.
  • I am grateful for my head hitting my pillow.
  • I am grateful for my body.
  • I am grateful for this 16 minute video.
  • I am grateful for Garret.
  • I am grateful for self care.
  • I am grateful for the smile on my face and that I get to share that smile with others who may not be able to smile.
  • I am grateful for experts who share their understanding and change lives with intelligent, meaningful, powerful work.
  • I am grateful for your inspiring gratitude posts inspiring all of us to take a small moment out of each day to be mindful and present.
  • I am grateful for my three children.
  • I am grateful for this beautiful day.
  • I am grateful for these nourishing, organic, garden veggies.
  • I am grateful for setting goals and hitting them.
  • I am grateful for my Ninjia.
  • I am grateful for garden grown vegetables.
  • I am grateful for this community.
  • I am grateful that on days I work late, I come home to dinner ready and waiting.
  • I am grateful for my Wednesdays.
  • I am grateful to have you and garret as such awesome friends.
  • I am grateful for my friends and family.
  • I am grateful for my vehicle.
  • I am grateful for my meditation process.
  • I am grateful for having so many things to be grateful for.

Thank you to everyone who contributed. To anyone having a hard time finding something to be grateful for – I hope this helps.  Love and gratitude to you all. Let’s share the love and positivity. 

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P.S. I shortened my posts, for the long version of my gratitude posts visit my Facebook page at TS Acupuncture.

Why I’m in love with Ginger.

gingerFresh Ginger Root (Sheng Jiang) is a commonly used herb in Chinese Medicine. The reason I am so in love with ginger root is not only because of its many health benefits, but also because of the accessibility of it. Unlike multiple other TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) herbs, ginger root can be found at pretty much any and every grocery store. It is also wonderfully easy to cook with, juice and/or apply topically. Ginger’s properties in TCM include; pungent, warm, effects the Lung, Spleen and Stomach meridians. It warms the Lung to stop coughing, warms the middle to stop vomiting and energizes the middle. And lastly, it disperses wind-cold (common cold).

Stimulates Digestion

Ginger helps to stimulate digestion, therefor helps ease digestive discomforts. It is not just that ginger stimulates digestion, but that it aids in assimilation of nutrients making them more “bioavailable” in the blood stream. Also, with it being warm and pungent in nature, it helps to unclog the channels.

“Fresh ginger is used to break down high-protein foods… and lessen the effect of uric acids in the body from eating these foods.” (Healing with Whole Foods). Adding ginger, cumin, and coriander with bean dishes diminishes problems with flatulence. You can also add ginger to mucus-forming foods, such as milk, yogurt, sour cream, kefir, etc. to help with digestion.

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Ginger also has the ability to combat nausea, which can range from morning sickness to the flu, and even chemotherapy. Fresh ginger is so effective at decreasing nausea because it helps regulate the direction of Stomach Qi. The stomachs natural direction of Qi is downward, so when vomiting begins that can mean Rebellious Stomach Qi, by introducing ginger into you tea or diet during that time it will significantly help decrease vomiting and nausea. Because fresh ginger root is pungent and warming, which is downward, it is a popular kitchen medicine in the east for nausea and vomiting.

Disperse Wind-Cold Invasion

A wind cold invasion, also known as the common cold, is almost defenseless against ginger. As stated above, ginger helps to warm the lungs and disperse phlegm. I don’t know about you, but I love anything that helps me get over a cold in a natural way and quickly!

Anti Inflammatory

As you may know, from discussion or previous posts, I have had a bit of experience personally with inflammation in the past. Reason #174 why I love Ginger – drum roll please…. Ginger has anti-inflammatory agents. It also has been known to treat hypertension, although must be avoided if there are heat signs.

Reduce Toxicity

In Chinese medicine fresh ginger root is used to reduce toxicity, both medical and seafood. That is why it is common in Chinese culture to steam fish with ginger root and green onion, because ginger is an antidote to fish poisoning. It is also why Japanese eat pickled ginger and horseradish/wasabi with sushi, also because raw fish has such cold energy, it needs balance by warming.

Cold Signs

 

IMG_8871If you are similar to me and you love anything warm and tend to shy away from cold ginger root is for you. I for one, use ginger to help with PMS symptoms including muscle aches and nausea. I also use ginger in my komutcha to help warm my body. I am chronically yang deficient, as I learnt more about ginger; it quickly became my best friend.

 

Cautions

Ginger should not be used in excess if you experience a lot of heat signs.

Fresh Ginger Root Tea

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Place a few fresh ginger slices or diced fresh ginger into 12 oz of water.

Bring to a boil.

Steep till cool enough to drink.

Sweeten with honey.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

References:
Healing with Whole Foods – Paul Pitchford
Acupuncture Desk Reference – David J Kuoch
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine – Maciocia

Spring is a Time for Change

In Chinese Medicine, Spring is connected with the Liver. It is a time of waxing and waining. Regrowth comes to almost everyones mind when you hear Spring. That is why it is extremely fitting for all of this to be happening when it is.

This spring is also a time for TS Acupuncture to continue to grow. Drum roll please…..

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Micheal Scott Drum Roll. The Office.

TS Acupuncture is moving!

This is a very calculated and exciting step that I can’t wait to share with all of you! *The address, online scheduling system, and opening date are posted at the end*

Now that this move is out there, let me tell you a little of my vision and how I came to decide to pursue my own space.

I have always wanted to have my own clinic, even before I had graduated from the Acupuncture program. Granted, at that time I thought my clinic would be a hut on a beach somewhere – but unfortunately, thats not a very clean clinic space and sunburns17757608_1322817867799545_6933591682794457368_n don’t tend to make treatments more comfortable. Anyways, getting back to my point, I feel so fortunate to be able to educate people in this area about Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have been thinking about this opportunity long and hard, I had found a space and was contemplating the pros and cons of a move. That is until I was making myself some tea one day and got this sign from the universe – “Do what you Love” and “There is pleasure in the pathless woods”. From that point on everything has been moving wonderfully smooth and the new clinic will be open Monday, May 29th, 2017!

It has truly been an honour treating in Stettler, acupuncture has been so well received that I would love to make it so more people are able to experience its benefits. In my new clinic I will have my regular 60 minute acupuncture treatments but will now also be offering a 90 minute acupuncture treatment for more musclo-skeletal issues where we need a bit more time to do a front and back treatment. Along with that I will be extending my cupping therapy to 45 minutes instead of 30 minutes.

One more thing that I will eventually be adding, is Community Acupuncture. This is an awesome opportunity for people to still get acupuncture but at a lower price. Let me explain Community Acupuncture a bit here. So there will be about 4-5 comfortable chairs in a room, people will come in and relax for 30-40 minutes. I will do needling predominately in the feet, hands, and ear. This is an awesome alternative to a traditional 60 minute 1 on 1 treatment for people who;

  • Don’t have the time or funds
  • Came in for treatments for stress and just need a tune up
  • Are feeling stressed and need to disconnect for a few minutes

Once I get this part of the clinic rolling I will have a post explaining Community Acupuncture more in depth, so stay tuned!

The-Big-Organic-BoxAnd lastly, the new TS Acupuncture clinic will be the pick up spot for Organic Box – on Thursday evenings. Organic Box is a wonderful organization that offers fresh, local, organic produce. If you’d like to learn more you can visit www.theorganicbox.ca. *If you are interested in Organic Box prior to the opening of the new clinic, that is awesome! The pick up location is currently at my house – contact me for more details*

What’s New?

What’s the Same?

  • Phone: Call/Text 403-741-8898
  • Website: http://www.tsacupuncture.ca
  • Hours:
    • Sunday 11am – 6pm
    • Monday 1pm-9pm
    • Tuesday 11am – 5pm
    • Wednesday 7am – 10:45am
    • Thursday 11am – 8pm

And like always, if there are any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks for being a part of this journey!

My Meditation Process

I have been having quite a few patients ask about my meditation routine lately. So I thought I would write a bit of a break down of my process. Remember, this is what works for me, it might not work for you and that’s okay.

So, I have meditated off and on for years, mostly in yoga, and then here or there for five(ish) minutes. It wasn’t until probably about a year ago that I started to honestly have meditation as a regular practice in my life. It takes a while, or at least for me it did, to actually get to the point of seeing how beneficial meditation can be. I knew the benefits for a long time, but it wasn’t until I really started craving meditating that I started to feel and experience the benefits.

I learned to meditating in silence, and that is what I always go to. I am fortunate because I am a very visual person and can see my breath traveling though my body. From my head to my feet, down into the roots that are grounding me to the earth. It wasn’t until I was in Victoria in September, that I did a guided meditation. It was wonderful! I can see how it is a really nice way to start meditating. But for me, silence is still my favourite.

So, to start, I sit on my meditation mat and burn some sage and then ring my singing bowl. These two rituals have just started up since I moved into our new home and I have a specific meditation space. I find this to be a nice way to start the meditation process, both sage and the singing bowl help to clear any negative energy.

Now, I sit cross legged with my spine straight/core activated/shoulders down and take about 5 nice deep breaths. As I take these 17777014_10212524140999130_529392115_obreaths, I invite only the highest and brightest to guide me. This helps to get me centred and release any stress/worries/pain, etc. From this point I begin to watch my breath travel up and down my body. As I exhale, I watch the air and negative energy travel down my body into the ground. When I inhale, I watch the clean, bright, positive energy travel from the ground up through my body to my head.

I do a combination of diaphragm and thoracic breathing.

  • Diaphragm breathing is when your belly pushes out with the inhale and in with the exhale. Usually we only use Thoracic breathing in our every day lives so its nice to take time to focus on diaphragmatic breathing.
  • Thoracic breathing is when the diaphragm doesn’t descend when we inhale, therefor the chest must expand to accommodate.

I have found a huge part of of my meditation practice is gratitude. If I feel a pain in my shoulder while I am meditating (and actually in my everyday life now) I thank it and give it permission to leave. If my mind wanders off to a thought or task that needs to be accomplished, I give it gratitude and release it. I then bring myself back to my breath, back to centre. As I’m writing this I know it can sound kind of “hokey”, but I tell you it works really well for me. Everything we experience is for a reason, so I have come to appreciate the fact that giving it gratitude is extremely important – in my opinion.

In a world where we are always connected, I strongly suggest everyone take up a meditation practice. We all have that ability to connect to our higher self, we just need to take advantage of it. If a silent meditation isn’t for you, there are other types of meditation such as walking meditation or guided meditation. Find whats best for you. If you are looking for a guided meditation, there are lots of podcasts or on iTunes that you can test and see what works.

Good luck and don’t be upset if you aren’t really focused when you start meditating. Spoiler–you likely won’t be. But, just let your ego go. You know the one telling you you’re doing it wrong or not “good enough”. Put your thoughts, ego, and phone on the shelf for ten minutes and enjoy the process!

Peace and love,

Taylore

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-Herniated Disc-

I’m sure we all know someone who has a herniated disc or perhaps you have herniated a disc yourself. Unfortunately, in our society with the lifestyle we lead, disc issues are far too common.  I will focus primarily on herniated disc syndrome in the low back.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc can sometimes be referred to as a slipped disc or a ruptured disc. But really they all mean the same thing. A disc is the rubbery cushion between the vertebrae, it’s there to help with impact from our day-to-day lives as well as make it so we can easily move without having our vertebra grinding on each other as we move. If you imagine the disc as a jelly donut, the outside (annulus) is harder than the inside (nucleus). With repetitive strain and impact the jelly from the donut will eventually protrude out one side of the donut. This is the same for a disc. There is not one specific direction in which a disc jajawill herniate.

Once the disc has herniated, it can irritate near by nerves, and that is when you will have numbness or tingling sensations. Fortunately, not all people who have a herniated disc will experience numbness and tingling. “A study showed that as many as 1/3 to 1/2 of healthy asymptomatic young men consisted of having a disc bulge or herniation”.

Where does it happen? 

You can herniate a disc anywhere along the spine. There are 23 discs in the human spine: 6dddd in the neck (cervical region), 12 in the middle back (thoracic region), and 5 in the lower back (lumbar region). Although neither the Sacrum nor the connection between the skull-C1 and C1-C2 have discs.

Are you at a higher risk?

  • People who spend a lot of time sitting and leaning forward. Studies show, the highest amount of pressure measured within the intervertebral disc occurs while sitting.
  • Years of repetitive motion can gradually break down the annulus fibrosis, which will make it more vulnerable. Unfortunately, at that point any minor stress can induce a disc herniation or bulge.
  • If you are over weight your chances of a herniated disc can increase. In the body, the discs are partially supported by the pressure created by the abdominal muscles and organs; this pressure helps to keep the discs in place. Carrying around extra weight constantly strains your back— you’re practically doing heavy lifting all the time!

Can Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture has been known to help alleviate pain, numbness, or tingling associated with herniated discs. The beauty of acupuncture is that the way the meridians flow, there are points that can actually help with back pain on your feet and hands. So for a severely acute case, the distal (hand and feet) points would be predominantly used to help alleviate pain.

In order for a disc to become herniated, there tend to be an imbalance between specific muscles. By addressing the motor points of the anterior and posterior muscles, it will help realign the spine. By properly realigning the spine, it will take any unnecessary pressure of your disc. Also, when you do come in for acupuncture, it is extremely important to let me know if you have a herniated and if you know which way it has herniated. This lets me know if I am able to needle along the spine as well.

 

Seeing your doctor, diligent acupuncture treatments and specific exercises can help you recover much quicker than if you were to just lie around. So, I have put together a little video of exercises to help with a herniated disc. Enjoy!

 

Resources:
Sports Medicine Acupuncture Manual
SpineUniverse.com
The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain
Yoga Body

 

What is the Meridian System?

If you have been in my treatment room, you have seen my model on the counter with the meridians all over it. A lot of the time people will think that the meridians are actually the

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Nervous System

nervous system, and thats why I get the common question ‘so you are hitting the nerve, right?’. Actually no, not at all. If I hit the nerve with an acupuncture needle it would be quite uncomfortable. I needle along the meridian system.

But what exactly are meridians?

The word ‘meridian’, as used in Chinese Medicine, is roughly translated to “to go through”, “a net”, or “something that connects or attaches”. Meridians are channels or pathways that carry Qi (Energy) and Blood through the body. It is important to keep in mind that even though meridians carry Blood, they are not vessels. They are an invisible system that links the body together. The simplest way to visualize the meridian system in the body is like a highway,

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Meridian System

and the cars are Qi. So now that you see a highway on your body, we can move a little bit deeper.

“The Meridians move the Qi and Blood, regulate Yin and Yang, moisten the tendons and bones, benefit joints” Nei Jing.

Meridians connect the exterior of the body to the interior, this is the basis of acupuncture theory.

There are twelve regular meridians in the body. Six of them travel up and down from your toes to your head. Then the other six travel between your fingers and torso/head. The meridians are located all over the body – anterior, posterior, medial and lateral. Meridians flow deep within the body, not just superficially on your skin.

From the twelve regular meridians, there are six yin and six yang meridians. They are divided even further by three of each on each arm or leg. From those six, they are paired with each other. I know this might seem a little tricky so here is an example.

The Large Intestine meridian  is yang in nature,  it runs from the pointer finger up the arm and neck and ends at the nose. Its paired meridian, the Lung meridian, is yin in nature and runs from the chest to the thumb. So you can see that they travel similar pathways but begin and terminate at opposite sides.

So this is why if someone has back pain, there will likely be needles in your hands and feet along with your back. The points along specific meridians are indicated to help with back pain.

Unfortunately the understanding of the interconnections between fundamental connections, organs and meridians is a couple text books longer than this blog. But hopefully now you have a little bit of insight into what exactly meridians are. Feel free to ask me further questions.

Each meridian is a certain element, but we will dive into elements in the next blog. So stay tuned!

 

Resources: The Web That Has No Weaver, The Foundations of Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture, it is part of me.

I recently had a patient who has decided to enroll in the Acupuncture Diploma program- at Grant MacEwan – after experiencing the effects of acupuncture herself. This mIMG_7363.PNGade me so excited! I am in love with acupuncture and the theories behind Chinese Medicine, and that another person is going to experience that makes me so pumped! But it also brings me back to how much I appreciate my education, acupuncture and all my patients.

Don’t get me wrong, not every day is rainbows and butterflies, but I can’t imagine doing something everyday that I did not love. And the acupuncture experiences shared by my patients brings me back to that place of pure appreciation that I was able to come into a career I feel so passionately about.

As some of you may know, I thought it all started when I was twelve. I was initially introduced to acupuncture in the treatment of  Ankylosing Spondylitis. Regular treatments, exercise and a regimented diet brought me to where I am today – according to blood work and MRI results I no longer have Ankylosing Spondylitis! So that is where my intrigue towards holistic medicine and energy began.

However,  when I look back on my life as a young child, I already was aware of energy and the healing powers from the earth and my body/mind. I just didn’t know how to interpret it yet. I remember sitting outside at the farm I grew up at, just sitting in silence focusing on my breath – little did I know I was meditating. Its simple memories like this that confirms that I am doing exactly what I need and want to be doing in life.

Every day I walk into the clinic is a new day of problem solving and getting to spend time and help so many wonderful people. I love that I am able to facilitate in someone’s health, whether it is physical, emotional or psychological.

I feel so fortunate to be on the life path that I am, and I urge you to find something you love. Something that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning. Something where you don’t feel drained when you get home at night. Something that you want to do in your spare time.

I had a patient come in Sunday for a treatment and she proceeded to tell me that she was having a conversation with her sister prior to coming in. She had to hang up because it was fe52f6b863988de3c1853ca26b2fbb91time for her to leave for her acupuncture appointment and her sister said “Really? On a Sunday?”, my patient replied, “She is accommodating”. My patient wasn’t telling me this for any reason other than making conversation, however, its words like those that make me feel excited that I am able to provide for my patients. Because, you see, I don’t mind working Sundays or late on Mondays and Tuesdays because most the time it just doesn’t feel like work. I love it so I don’t mind coming in on a day off to treat someone if their schedule doesn’t fit my schedule and they are leaving on a trip soon.

I love what I do and it just so happens I get to help people while I am at it. So I guess what I am trying to say is I felt I needed to express to all my patients and anyone reading this how grateful I am towards them. If it weren’t for all of you there is no way5d82718862128153420ecdaeb146f9c0 I would be able to have a career I am so very passionate about.

If you would like to share your acupuncture experience please feel free via Facebook (Taylore Stuckey, Registered Acupuncturist), Instagram (@TSAcupuncture), or Website (https://tsacupuncture.ca/testimonials/).

Peace and love to you all. 

 

 

 

 

Excuses stopping you from getting Acupuncture

Some people are so interested in acupuncture, but can’t quite bring themselves to try it. Despite being curious about something they sense could be helpful, there are still some fairly common excuses I tend to hear.

Here are a few of the excuses, and although all are valid, they just should not be enough to stop you from pursuing health.

1.“I’m scared of needles…”

Oh if only I had a dollar for every time I have heard this one. Usually, it isn’t until you accupuncture needleactually have an acupuncture needle inserted by a properly trained Registered Acupuncturist, that you can realize it is not that bad. When we think of needles we think of sitting with a tight band around our arm waiting to get blood taken. The lab smell, sounds and needle sensations all come rushing back when you hear ‘NEEDLE’. The wonderful thing about acupuncture is that even though it is the insertion of small needles in the skin, it is NOTHING like getting blood taken. The gauge of the needle is significantly smaller, in fact about 40 acupuncture needles can fit into the average needle used for taking blood. Thats right, 40! So although a fear of needles is valid, it is a fear of a completely different needle, in a completely different setting, for a completely different reason. And my door is always open for a free 15 minute consultation for you to see what one needle feels like. During the course of your treatments, we will use other modalities that don’t involve needles and potentially gradually use more needles dependant on how comfortable you get with the concept of needles. From my experience, it only takes a few treatments to begin to feel more comfortable with the idea.

2. “It is too expensive”

Yes, that is a very valid concern. However, more and more insurance companies are starting to cover acupuncture which is wonderful! If your current health insurance doesn’t cover acupuncture, you can check periodically to see if the plan has changed at all.

When you come in for a treatment, you don’t have to have the hour long traditional treatment. There are options of a 30 minute cupping treatment or a 15 minute ear needling treatment. The ear is a microsystem of the body so that treatment would consist of a few needles in the ear and then being sent home with ear seeds. For more information on cupping you can look through past blogs or contact me for more information concerning ear needling or cupping.

The other thing to think about when considering price, is what you’re buying… Health. When you come in for an acupuncture treatment the goal is to get to the point where you no longer need to come in for any treatments. Unlike prescription medication that can mask the symptoms, acupuncture works to harmonize the body and eliminate the pathology.

3. “I don’t have time”

Well, lucky for you, I work; sundays, evenings and mornings. So usually we can find a time. An acupuncture treatment isn’t just important for you physically, it also is emotionally and mentally. To  be able to remove yourself from a hectic schedule for one hour is so important. It gives the body and mind time to relax and move closer to homeostasis. How often do you disconnect from your phone/ technology? For most of us the answer is rarely. But we need to.

So, for those who say “I would, but I just don’t have time”. I call Bullshit (sorry to those of you I may have offended with the word choice). You can make time for things that are important for you, and your health should be one of those things. Don’t get me wrong, having kids, careers, animals and so on… Life can get pretty hectic. But most the time we can manoeuvre it enough to take an hour for ourselves. And if you can’t, that is even more reason you need to come in – to relax!

If you are one of these people, give me a call and we will figure out a time that works in your schedule. So yes, acupuncture does take a little time each week, but it is time well spent.

4. “I don’t believe in acupuncture”

There is a pervasive belief in western culture that for something to be effective it must be 13315315_875162379278713_3640729965258174263_nvalidated by clinical trials. This simply is not true. And neither is the opposite true – that if something is validated by clinical trials then it’s effective. However, as acupuncture becomes more recognized in western culture as a legitimate form of health care more studies are becoming increasingly accessible.

Just because the basis behind acupuncture is energetics, does not mean that there is not anatomical and physiological proof that acupuncture does work. WHO (World Health Organization) recognizes over 30 different health concerns that acupuncture has been proven to help with.

Acupuncture has been around for about 5000 years, this would not be the case if it did not work. So, if you are thinking “I don’t believe in acupuncture”, I challenge you to look deeper to see what is actually holding you back from pursing acupuncture treatments.If acupuncture is something you would like to try, don’t het blogged down and over whelmed by all the research out there. If you are interested, try it, and then you can decide whether it is right for you are not.

 

resources: http://www.who.int/en/

 

 

PMS…

“Premenstrual syndrome” (PMS) is the cyclic recurrence of a group of symptoms that peak 7 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear a few hours after the onset of the menstrual flow. It is occurrent with an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels.

This condition is characterized by multiple and diverse symptoms including, but not limited to: breast tenderness, transient weight gain, bloating, constipation, insomnia, acne, headache, pelvic pain, irritability, depression, mood swings, poor concentration, confusion, social withdrawal, impulsiveness and appetite changes. In all there are about 150 symptoms that fall into the PMS category. While many women experience mild symptoms of short duration, other women have more severe symptoms that last for many days and temporarily disturb their every day life.

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It is so very common when I am chatting with a new patients, to hear them say “yeah..” to the following questions; bloating? cramping? moodiness? cravings?, etc. We are taught that women just have to deal with menstruation as an unpleasant time of the month (for both women and men), when in actuality, menstruation shouldn’t be that bad…. Thats right, I said it!

“One study found that acupuncture quelled symptoms in 78 percent of women.”

In Chinese Medicine, there are a few pathologies and organs that might be the culprit to your PMS symptoms. Today, I am going to discuss the most common – the Liver. The Liver (not your physical organ) is in charge of free flow of energy in the body, it is also very important in holding Blood, hence the link to menstruation. The Liver is also connected quite closely to stress and agitation. So when the Liver fails to move the Qi properly throughout the body during menstruation, this is where the moodiness comes from.

Acupuncture not only improves the circulation of Qi, it also elevates endorphins in the body which leads to a better mood and decreased pain. Acupuncture can help alleviate bloating and regulates bowels as well.

Exercise is important to alleviate PMS symptoms, as is diet. Regulating emotions and Energetic-Person_1.jpgstress on a regular basis can also help decrease PMS symptoms.

So instead of covering up the symptoms with Birth Control or medication, come in for an acupuncture treatment to see a decrease in PMS symptoms.

It is important to remember that there are about six different pathologies in Chinese Medicine that lead to PMS, so not every treatment will be the same between people. And that it may take a few cycles to notice a difference, but don’t give up hope ladies. You can have a cycle that has a decrease in moodiness, cravings and bloating!

 

Resources: yinyanghouse.com, http://www.shen-nong.com/eng/exam/specialties_womenpms_treatment_acupunture.html, foundations of TCM.