Achoo! – 7 Tips to Prepare for Allergy Season

Spring, the sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming. Then Aaaaachoo! Your eyes start to water, your noise is running and the back of your throat is so itchy you want to scratch at it but there’s no way to get to that sweet spot. Argh!

Personally, I start making funny throat noises to get to that spot and hubby gives me a look. Go ahead and laugh, but allergies sufferers can sympathize.

Allergic reaction in the spring is usually caused by pollen, trees, rag weeds or grasses. Many people take antihistamines but that can lead to dry mouth and other side effects.

7 Tips to Prepare for Allergy Season


Impermanence – 5 Ways to Embrace Change

Recently, I was talking to a friend about a problem and in frustration, I said “I don’t know if I can do it anymore.”

Without a beat she said “Of course you can, it’s a habit. Unless something major happens, you will keep doing what you are doing. Most people don’t like change.

I sat there, pondered on it and thought “She’s right!

Well, the Aries in me (a tad stubborn) decided to do something about my problem the next day. “No one is going to tell me I can’t do something! I am going to change the situation.” (That might have led to some unwelcome consequences but I spoke my truth and I feel better)



The Double Seventh Festival & Can Acupuncture Heal a Broken Heart?

Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th in North America and other places around the world. It is the day where we professed our love for our loved ones with chocolates, presents, flowers and cards. (Hint Hint Hubby)

It is a great day if you have a partner but it can be a bit lonely if you are single. When I was at university, my best friend and I would have dinner together on Valentine’s Day and declared “Who needs a man anyways?” (There might have been a glass of wine involved)

Sorry, I digress.

Even though we celebrate Valentine’s Day all in the name of St. Valentine, who is this mysterious saint? Why do we exchange gifts? Click here to learn more about the history of Valentine’s Day.

These days, although most Chinese cultures have embraced the western version of Valentine’s Day, traditionally it was celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th Chinese lunar month. It is known as the Double Seventh Festival. In 2017, it falls on August 28th.

The Double Seventh Festival 七夕节 Qīxījié


Healthy Weight Management in Chinese Medicine

Does your weight indicate your overall health? In our society that is obsessed with beauty, it can be easy to get caught up with our weight, how we look and how we feel.

I am often asked by patients and friends if acupuncture can help them to lose weight. While weight gain can be due to many reasons, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, it is often due to our constitution, the type of food we consume, a decrease in activity, stress levels and hormonal imbalance. In addition, I truly believe we need to love our bodies and ourselves before major shifts can occur.

In this blog, I will share my journey from hating my body to finally loving and accepting it, weight management from a TCM point of view, including some diet considerations. (more…)