Breast Cancer and Traditional Chinese Medicine

There are two approaches that may be taken with breast cancer according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  The first approach would be to practice prevention by observing symptoms of imbalance within the body.  For example, breast tenderness and fibrocystic breast disease along with moodiness, feelings of frustration and chronic tension headaches are indications that the body is stagnant. Cancer cells proliferate within an environment of stagnation as the healthy cells lack oxygen.  Using acupuncture and herbs, we can stimulate blood flow, oxygenate the cells and re-establish the function of the organs in order to remove stagnation.Continue reading

The ABC’s of Back-to-School Nutrition

Start the new school year right by supporting your child’s learning and growing with good nutrition:

A – Apples and Asparagus
For optimum physical and mental health, a growing body needs at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day. Much of this can be sent with your child in a lunch bag full of nutrition.

B – Breakfast
Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day and the easiest way to start the day with the energy to learn. Choose a combination of whole grain breads and cereals, fruits, nuts and eggs to give them energy that will last until lunchtime. Continue reading

Acupuncture for Pregnancy & Post-Partum Support

At our clinic we offer support during pregnancy by stimulating the body to prepare itself for delivery. This procedure is called, Cervical Ripening.  It has been noted that the Cervical Ripening protocol helps labour to progress at a normal rate and can help shorten the average time spent in labour.  This procedure and post partum care can also enable the woman to recover more effectively after the baby is born.  Chinese medicine teaches us that vital energy or “qi” is depleted by labour and also by the energy necessary to care and feed the baby.

Acupuncture can also be helpful for the following conditions experienced both during and after pregnancy:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches & pains
  • Breech presentation
  • Induction
  • Post-partum depression
  • Mastitis

Our therapies can include acupuncture, herbs, laser acupuncture and massage.

Breast Health Quiz part 1:

Circle the symptom that pertains to you within each section.


  • moodiness
  • outer breast tenderness, cysts, swollen, sore, lumpy
  • acid reflux
  • bloating & distended abdomen
  • cramps
  • gallstones or gallbladder removal
  • irritable bowel


  • excessive worry, obsessive thoughts
  • loose stool
  • middle weight gain
  • sweet and or carbohydrate cravings
  • low energy
  • low appetite
  • breast cysts and /or uterus cystsContinue reading

Qi Gong Breathing: Breathe like a Baby

Qi Gong breathing reminds us to breathe in the relaxed manner of a baby. Babies breathe from their lower and upper abdomens and adults typically breathe shallowly in the upper part of their chests.

Lying down place your right thumb into your belly button and relax your hand, placing your palm onto your lower abdomen and resting your thumb on the belly button. Place your left palm onto your chest. Continue reading