Saturday, October 29, 2011

Acupuncture Presentation in Arundel, Quebec

Last November I had the pleasure of making my first ever presentation about acupuncture to the community of Arundel, Quebec.  What a wonder-filled experience it was spending time with the warm hearted people of this welcoming community situated about 18 km south of  ‘ downtown’  Mont-Tremblant.

The goal of my presentation was simply to increase awareness in the local population about how acupuncture works and how it can help those in need. I expected that a small group of 5 people  might attend (and I would have been thrilled if this were the case, as the total population in Arundel is estimated to be 600.)  Indeed I was very surprised to watch as the room filled up with 23 interested people!
I had a great time, good questions were posed, I was made to feel very much at home- and was I surprised when I was presented with a gift of homemade bread and organic shea butter soap.
Thank-you, Arundel!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Liking us on Facebook Gets you 50% off on Monday Oct 24!

Monday, October 24th is International Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day.
On this day in both urban and rural settings, as a result of worldwide effort to promote awareness about this fantastic health system, people will be receiving acupuncture treatments, taking in tai-chi and Qi Gong demonstrations and hopefully learning something new about Oriental Medicine. In honour of this day I am offering a 50% discount on a regular treatment to those who like my page and wish to book for Monday Oct 24th.
Stop by the Acupuncture Mont-Tremblant FaceBook page, (press the 'like' if you like it!) and discover what's up with Acupuncture in Mont-Tremblant!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Why This is my FAVORITE Healthy Dessert! (recipe included)

I am not on a restricted diet but I cook for family members who are. Going gluten free, for example has been a real challenge, but one that I have taken on with zeal since my daughter showed a slight intolerance through testing several years ago.

Since then, I have learned much about how diet can be directly related to what ails you-thanks to my training in Chinese medicine. Personally, I have cut out all dairy products and avoid raw food, sugar, caffeine and processed foods.
Sometimes I feel the same way as some of my patients who ask, “Well, gee, what CAN I eat?”

The answer can be complicated but for our purposes here, I thought I would start with a recipe I really enjoy and tend to make during the fall season (when apples are in season).  I will  include other dietary suggestions in my newsletters with each season-so head to my website to sign up for that!

This is my take on Apple-berry Crisp, an old standby that you may have forgotten about or may have yet to discover! It provides the goodness of cooked fruit for those whose digestive systems are on the sensitive side while omitting wheat and using just a sprinkling of sugar!

I think the key is using very sweet apples like Spartan or Lobo types so that not much processed sugar needs to be added. Of course, if you have raw sugar or some stevia on hand, you may want to experiment further.  Instead of wheat I used buckwheat flour which is really not even a cereal grain and so contains no gluten. I do use butter in my diet as it is a healthy form of animal protein containing only traces of lactose.

5 C apples ( sliced, peeled, cored)
1C frozen fieldberries
1 tsp brown sugar ( or, even better, raw sugar)
1 tbs of buckwheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar ( I just use a sprinkling)
1/2 cup of buckwheat flour
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp finely grated orange rind
1/4 cup of butter
1/3 cup chopped hazelnuts ( I have yet to try this ingredient, but I bet it is delish!)
In a buttered 8 inch square baking dish ( 2L), toss together fruit, suar and flour. Set aside.
Combine sugar, flour, rolled oats, cinnamon and orange rinds in bowl.  Work in butter with pastry blender or fingertips until crumbly.  Sprinkle over fruit and add hazelnuts, if using.
Lovin' from the oven
Bake in 350 degree oven for 45-50 minutes until browned or until fruit is fork tender.  ( 4-6 servings).

Friday, October 14, 2011

Kitchen Cures for the Common Cold and Flu

We all know that there is no cure for the common cold, yet these simple tactics can sometimes stop this virus in its tracks if applied at the very onset.  Having these inexpensive items in your kitchen during this time of year may come in handy should you succumb to a 'bug'.

Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the common cold and flu come from "external cold wind" which makes our pores clamp down.  A 'cold' kind of cold makes us feel chilled-like being outside on a chilly windy day without being properly dressed. TCM principal is to open the pores to help sweat the illness out of our systems.
The following recipe will help kick that cold to the curb if used within the early stages.


Combine 4 slices of fresh ginger with the white parts of 6 green onions and 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Drink while it is warm.  This is one dose and should be repeated 2-3 times a day.  It will make you sweat slightly which is what you want so as to expel the toxins from your body.

A 'hot' sort of cold or "external heat wind" gives us a sore throat and high temperature.
In this case, use Yin Chiao pills (available at most natural food stores) within the first 48 hours. 
This is an item you should never be without. They are made from honeysuckle and forsythia fruit - known for their anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.  My family has used Yin Chiao for years with good results. Consult your natural health practitioner before taking any herbal remedies.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

5 Ways to Rev-up Your Immune System

As I write this, we in Mont-Tremblant are experiencing the first real blast of cool weather since we officially entered the fall season last week.  You know,  the kind of blustery day that makes you want to carve up a pumpkin or tend a simmering pot of stew, or just curl up with the cat!

Its also the kind of weather that prompts me to get in touch and remind you that acupuncture is preventive medicine-especially as  cold and flu season approaches.

It directly accesses the immune system to fortify it, giving you the resistance of what the Chinese call the ‘Jade screen’. I invite all of you to make a fall-winter tune-up appointment for sometime between the end of October to mid November.

In the meantime here's what you can do on your own to keep your immune system humming!

  • Remember to wash your hands frequently.
  • Be vigilant about your diet.  Cut down on sugar, a known immune system suppressor, and spend time in the kitchen cooking up healthy, homemade soups and stews.
  • Stay active but avoid exhausting yourself with exercise. 
  • Learn how to cope with stress. Research over the past 30 years has demonstrated a link between chronic stress and suppression of the immune system.  Learn and practice restorative yoga, meditation, or Qi Gong, an ancient self healing system, or just make a habit of taking a few moments for yourself to recharge and simply breathe.