News/Announcements

February, 2019
Acupuncture for Cardiovascular Disease

 

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Cardiovascular disease is the number 1 killer of women, the leading threat for men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined, according to health organizations. People of all ages and population groups are affected–even children. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for high blood pressure and heart disease–a risk factor that was previously only seen in adults. There may be symptoms of cardiovascular disease, but in about 64 percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease, there were none. When symptoms do appear they are usually shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, back or jaw pain, dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting, pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, and extreme fatigue.

With cardiovascular disease topping out as the leading cause of death worldwide the focus is on prevention to prevent systematic harms by managing high blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing stress, improving sleep quality, maintaining a healthy weight, increased physical activity, and smoking cessation increased. If you are having issues in any of these areas, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help.

According to acupuncture and Oriental medicine the heart takes responsibility for the circulation of the life force of the body Blood, the basic unit of energy that powers all of life Qi, and the center of consciousness Shen. The Shen embodies our capacity for logic and emotional intelligence. When it is disturbed by injury, trauma, illness, poor diet, lifestyle choices or an accumulation of daily stress, it is said to be ‘disturbed.’ Having a harmonious Shen is of the utmost importance for maintaining heart health.

Often, it is the unbalanced energy produced by the liver that is a big culprit in this condition. Liver energy is, by nature, very active and easily flares upwards in an aggressive, uncontrolled manner. This rising Liver Qi aggravates the heart so that blood is pushed too forcefully against the arterial walls. If this aggression persists for too long a heart attack, kidney damage, and other serious consequences may result.

By integrating acupuncture and Oriental medicine into a heart healthy lifestyle, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. One obvious way to keep your heart tip-top shape is by maintaining an acceptable blood pressure level. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine provide treatments that will work directly to reduce high blood pressure and mitigate the symptoms of stress.

One way Oriental medicine can increase your physical activity is through the use of tai chi. Tai chi is a gentle exercise that keeps you moving and helps keep stress at bay. More like a slow, rhythmic dance tai chi is designed to encourage the body and mind into a state of calm. The routines involve continuous motions that are not difficult to learn and are gentle enough for any age group to engage in.

Come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can benefit your heart and help you to live a long, healthy life.

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Adapted from Qi Mail™  Acufinder.com   909 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 11th Flr   El Segundo, CA 90245 USA

 
 
 

January, 2019
Oriental Medicine Provides Mental Health Support

 

The start of the new year is a time of looking forward to the future, setting goals and putting in motion the steps necessary to achieve them. Emotional wellness enhances our ability to move forward effectively and includes recognizing and accepting our emotions, thinking clearly, and making decisions. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine nurtures emotional wellness and provides support for mental health disorders.

Almost a third of the population report sufficient qualifying criteria for mental health disorders at some point in their life. Mental illnesses like major depression, anxiety, panic disorder, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD), PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and manic disorders disrupt your thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning, which results in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Any major life upheaval, emotional distress or a chronic condition can trigger unexpected feelings and behaviors. These imbalances can throw off your immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, and, over time, more serious illnesses can develop.

Oriental medicine does not recognize any mental disorder as one particular syndrome but addresses the specific symptoms that are unique to you using a variety of techniques including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and exercises to restore imbalances found in your body.

 

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help manage:

 

Anxiety and Stress Disorders

Anxiety comes in a wide range of manifestations, from mild worrying to more physical responses such as nausea, insomnia, shortness of breath and panic attacks. Acupuncture provides relief from stressors that cause anxiety along with managing the symptoms and related health issues that may develop as a result.

 

Depressive Disorders

Common symptoms of depressive disorders include a decreased interest in most activities, insomnia, fatigue, and feeling empty and worthless. Even when depression is sub-clinical, the body’s immune system is compromised and the symptoms reduce functioning, impair work performance and social relationships. Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances, support the immune system, and directly affect the way your body manages stress and your mental health.

 

Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD)

ADD and ADHD disorders are conditions of the brain that makes it difficult to concentrate or control impulsive behavior. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help enhance concentration, reduce fidgeting, augment mood management techniques, reduce hyperactivity and enhance concentration.

 

Mental health issues are best managed when health professionals work together to meet your unique needs. An excellent addition to any treatment plan used to manage a mental health disorder, acupuncture and Oriental medicine can relieve emotional and physical symptoms by correcting imbalances and providing immune system support.

Call to find out more about how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you optimize your emotional wellness and be integrated into your mental and emotional wellness plan!

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Adapted from Qi Mail™  Acufinder.com   909 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 11th Flr   El Segundo, CA 90245 USA

 

 

 

 

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April, 2017

We are pleased to announce the completion of our two part video series “Introduction to Chinese Medicine!”

Based on the lecture series of the same name and inspired by the positive feedback and encouragement that we received from attendees at our classroom sessions, the series offers a brief introduction to some of the basic themes and methods of classical Chinese medicine in a readily accessible and entertaining slideshow format.

 

To access these videos, please click here.

 

 

January, 2017

Join Sherry on Saturday, January 21st from 10am to 11:30am at Burlington’s Goodness Me for her lecture entitled:

“TCM and Weight Management”

Synopsis:

Did you know that according to Statistics Canada:
– One in four adult Canadians and one in 10 children are clinically obese?
– Just over a third of Canadians are overweight?
– Canada ranks third, internationally, in the percentage of the population that is overweight or obese?
Obesity and overweight status are linked to a variety of health risks such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancer, and osteoarthritis. In this presentation, registered practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine Sherry Fang Liu highlights some of the numerous advantages of incorporating TCM methods into conventional diet and exercise-based programs of weight-management. Following a brief overview of some related physiological concepts, you will learn: how TCM identifies and aims to treat the root causes of weight gain, how TCM and Western methods can complement each other, and what clinical research has demonstrated- regarding the effectiveness of TCM techniques. Over the course of the presentation, several acupressure points of assistance in the reduction of cravings will be demonstrated.

 

November, 2016

Shanghai Acrobats come to Burlington!

For more information about this world class act of choreographed acrobatics,
please visit the website of The Burlington Centre for the Performing Arts

 

November, 2016

Join Sherry  on Saturday, November 19th  at Hamilton Mountain’s Goodness Me for her presentation:

“Fertility and Traditional Chinese Medicine”

Synopsis:

According to some estimates, infertility affects approximately one in six couples in Canada. In this presentation, registered practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine Sherry Fang Liu presents some of the results of contemporary research regarding the effectiveness and action of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of infertility. You will also learn about how the methods of TCM can effectively compliment conventional medical treatments such as IVF and IUI. Along the way, some examples of things that can be done at home to facilitate the chances of conceiving a healthy baby naturally will be discussed.

 

September, 2016

Join Sherry  on Saturday, September 17th  at Hamilton Mountain’s Goodness Me for her presentation: “Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine”

Synopsis:

Traditional Chinese Medicine serves the health care needs of over a quarter of the world’s population. In this seminar, Registered Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine Sherry Fang Liu offers a fascinating look into the foundations and methods of what is one of the oldest but, especially today, still highly relevant systems of health-care. You will learn about the intriguing way in which health and illness are defined from an Eastern perspective, how illness is believed to come about, as well as of the various healing techniques characteristic of TCM and how they can be used to effectively, naturally and safely treat a wide range of illnesses. Along the way, practical tips will be provided regarding small and simple changes that you can make in your day-to-day routines that can have lasting and positive effects on your own health and wellness.

 

May, 2016

Drop by our booth and meet Sherry at the 2016 Burlington Wholistic Wellness Expo on Sunday, June 5th

This year’s venue will be at the  Burlington Holiday Inn Hotel, 3063 South Service Road.

For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Expo’s website.

 

February, 2016

Join Sherry  on Saturday, February 20th (10am -11:30 am) at Brantford’s Goodness Me for her presentation on the topic of TCM and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Residents of Burlington and the surrounding areas may wish to catch her second offering of this seminar on Saturday, March 12th (10am-11:30am) in Burlington.

Synopsis:

Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world.Five million Canadians (14%) suffer from IBS with 120,000 Canadians developing the condition each yearIt is a common health concern that can be safely and effectively treated through the use of traditional Chinese medicine.In this presentation, Registered Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine Sherry Fang Liu will discuss IBS, from the perspective of Oriental medicine.  You will learn how what is commonly diagnosed as IBS here in the West, is otherwise known as a group of related but separate disorders, each with a different cause, pattern of symptoms and treatment. You will also learn the location and function of 6 different acupressure points, along with breathing exercises and dietary tips, that you can easily use at home to help manage your symptoms and stay healthy.