One of the most common types of hormone imbalance women experience as they get older is estrogen dominance. Heavy or chronic stress can lead to skipped ovulation, and this can lead to long term estrogen dominance.Read More
Many women seek medical advice for vaginal health concerns, including vaginal yeast infections (vulvovaginal candidiasis-VVC) and bacterial vaginosis (BV). Both of these conditions signal a disruption in healthy vaginal ecology, and can present with similar symptoms. However, it is important to differentiate between VVC and BV to insure that you are getting the most appropriate and effective treatment. Naturopathic doctors are able to preform pertinent physical exams, offer testing, and advise on both conventional and naturopathic treatments for BV and VVC (…)Read More
One of the most common nutrient deficiencies we see in Naturopathic practice is magnesium. Although magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral found in the body, it is also one of the most common deficiencies found in practice. 50-60% of bodily magnesium is stored in the skeletal system alone, and the rest is found in the muscles, soft tissues and bodily fluid. Magnesium is also responsible for hundreds of important biochemical reactions in the body. Clearly this is a mineral that should not be overlooked.Read More
It's that glorious time of year, where delicious fresh produce is abundant, and salads becomes more colourful, crisp, and tasty. Here are a few of my favourite summertime salad recipes…Read More
I believe that supporting women throughout mid-life starts with education and empowerment. Helping my patients understand how hormones effect their health and wellbeing, as well as taking the time to go over all hormone testing and treatment options is a HUGE part of my practice. Here are some common questions that come up in my practice around menopause:Read More
A naturopathic approach to healing eczema targets the root cause of skin inflammation, and is a long term answer to managing skin health. Follow these 3 simple steps with the help of your Naturopathic Doctor to naturally heal your eczema for good!Read More
A Naturopath’s priority is to discover the root cause of your digestive discomfort. They utilize plant-based herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, and diet and lifestyle to help heal digestive concerns. They will also prescribe conventional medications when needed, but look at natural options whenever possible. A Naturopath can help uncover your needs and recommend a remedy that best serves your diagnosis and symptoms.Read More
Hormonal imbalances can occur at any time in your life, not just menopause. Hormone disruptors called xenoestrogens (man-made chemicals that mimic estrogens) may be one of the causes of why hormone imbalances occur.Read More
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Acupuncture is an Ancient Chinese Medicine practice that has been around for over 3,500 years. An acupuncturist applies tiny needles, heat & gentle pressure to specific points all over the body.Read More
It's hard to believe that North America is still dealing with an overwhelming opioid epidemic. It continues to grow year after year and is fuelled in part by the over-prescribing of opioid pain medications. In the US in 2016, opioids were a factor of 42,249 deaths and 40% of all opioid overdose deaths were the cause of a prescription opioid.
Signs and symptoms that indicate there is lack of free flowing energy within ones menstrual cycle include intense headaches, cramping, bloating, emotional extremes, heavy periods, spotting and clotting, breast tenderness, acne, and ravenous cravings. In these cases acupuncture can be a great tool for hormone and menstrual regulation.
Cosmetic Acupuncture works by stimulating Acupuncture points along energy meridians in the face with tiny dermal needles. This process brings qi and blood to the skin to promote vitality and a radiant glow. Stimulation of nerves and cell tissue micro-traumas increase circulation, lymph drainage, and nutrients to the face while boosting the production of collagen and elastin to tighten skin. If you want to reduce wrinkles and improve the glow of your skin, this treatment is a must try!
Acupuncturists are keen observers of patterns, routines, and rhythms. We pay attention to extreme swings of yin and yang which can disrupt our body-mind-spirit's rhythms, for example overworking (yang), depletes yin, leading to exhaustion. We facilitate awareness and proactive action towards dynamic balance through Acupuncture, bodywork, and simple lifestyle + dietary suggestions.Read More
Auricular acupuncture became recognized in 1972 when a neurosurgeon discovered that acupuncture alleviated withdrawal symptoms in opiate dependent patients who were undergoing surgical analgesia. It is now used successfully in the treatment of addictions and behavioural health issues including stress and trauma.Read More
You may wonder why your acupuncturist palpates (feels) pathways along your limbs, or asks you to point to areas of pain or discomfort. Here we are applying meridian theory based on classical principles in ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) texts. When there is illness, physical injury, and/or mental-emotional stress, the natural flow of qi is impeded within the meridian system. We can often feel disharmony along pathways that are imbalanced, via knots, tight tissue, sunken areas, and other characteristics. Feedback of painful palpated points (ah shi points) further guides treatment.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese medicine therapy that uses suction by means of heat and formed glass to pull muscle tissue upwards. A variety of sized cups may be applied on the back and/or moved along the affected meridian (channel pathway) to improve blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, detoxification, to expel colds, and to release fascia. If you have muscle tension, cupping is a must try!Read More
Chiropractic care is useful for treating all types of pain, from your neck, all the way to your feet – even headaches, fibromyalgia, and arthritis. Their goal isn’t only to relieve you back troubles ….Read More