• 20-09-2016

    What is Acupuncture and How Does It Work?

    By Aleksandra Wroblewska, Reg. Acupuncturist

    Acupuncture’s Broad Reach

    Traditional Chinese Medicine has been in existence for over 3 000 years.  The combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, Qi Gong and Tui Na massage are each intended to facilitate homeostasis.  When we look at illness as a departure from a balanced place in one’s body, we can see how supporting the body’s systems would aid in its recovery.   

    A common inquiry into acupuncture has people asking: What is acupuncture for?  Acupuncture is widely known but its applications aren’t.  Pain relief is most commonly associated with treatment. Although pain relief is a common treatment, acupuncture has wider applications such as: allergies, insomnia, headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, constipation, conception support, digestive problems, Bell’s Palsy, stress management, seasonal attunement.  

    The Art of Diagnosis

    When a patient comes in for an acupuncture treatment, their tongue, pulse and general appearance will be observed.  Along with this, the group of symptoms displayed will be taken into consideration for their final diagnosis and treatment.  The key to Chinese Medicine is a precise diagnosis. 


    Once a treatment plan has been constructed specific to the patient’s concerns, hair-fine needles are gently inserted into various acupuncture points around the body.  Clients have a chance to rest for 20-40 minutes while the needles do their work.  People often report different sensations in their body and a general feeling of relaxation. 

    The number of treatments depends on whether an issue is acute or chronic.  For more acute cases, 2-3 treatments a week for 2 weeks may resolve their concerns.  Some patients choose to come in for a tune up once or twice a month.  This is an opportunity to give the body some time to recalibrate and address any issues that may have come up since their last visit. 

    If you would like to learn more about acupuncture, or to book an appointment, please call the clinic. 



    • 08-09-2016

    Back to Routine Tips for Healthy Living

    It's time to get back into the swing of things. Summer is over, fall is here and with it the return to some order and structure. Try these tips from Dr. Allana Polo for making this your healthiest fall yet.
    Try to get in the habit of going to bed at the same time each night, and always waking at the same time each morning. It may feel great to sleep in on weekends, but it will be far easier to wake at an early hour if that is what your body always expects.
    Make time for meal and snack planning, and get into the habit of shopping once a week, cutting and preparing foods in advance. Always leave the house with a little something in your purse, to curb hunger on the road which can lead to bad choices. Try a menu board in the kitchen and stick to it! Having a plan for what you will eat saves you from stressing over what's for dinner. Always having the right ingredients on hand will help you stick with healthy eating, even when you are tired and would rather order out. 
    Love to eat out? Don't deprive yourself, but rather set this date in advance so it is a choice and not an impulse. 
    Take advantage of starting into a routine again to create some new habits. Rather than always turning to television, if this is you, to unwind at night, try taking in some new hobbies and interests. Create a lovely before-bed ritual of a hot bath, soothing tea and a few chapters of a really good book. Try relaxing Yin style yoga to prepare the body for sleep, and keep a journal beside your bed so you can "download" all of those clutter-thoughts that keep you awake at night.
    Many new classes are starting up at your local gym and rec-centre. Fall is a great time to try a new activity. The secret to committing to regular physical activtiy is finding the sport or class that you absolutely love. You won't know exactly what that is until you try many different things. Don't want to go it alone? Set a few challenges to compete with a friend - like trying two new classes together, joining a new gym or even getting together after dinner for a walk and a chat.
    Make time for the things that keep you healthy and happy. There shouldn't be any excuse for missing out on these life essentials in your day. If you feel overwhelmed, try stacking activities together. Rather than sitting in the lunch room, walk with a friend to combine socialization and walking. Meal plan with your partner to enjoy some time together! Find ways to construct a healthy, happy routine that works for you.