Saturday, March 31, 2012

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Ce mois-ci, je réponds aux 5 questions les plus fréquement demandées concernant l'acupuncture. Inscrivez-vous ici pour connaître les réponses!

Medicinal Breakfast

The purpose of eating an easily-metabolized breakfast is to give you energy all morning and to kick start your digestive organs, ensuring efficient digestion of lunch and dinner.  I have been making this delicious and wholesome breakfast for years and it is recommended  to use this recipe for 4-5 times per week. 

This recipe calls for steel cut oats, not oat flakes, and I use the organic kind.  In Chinese Medicine, oats help calm the nervous system, balance the thyroid, and lubricate the intestines.

Breakfast Oats
  • 1 Cup of organic, steel cut oats
  • 4 Cups water
  • A handful of the following in any combination: diced apple or raisins, dried cranberries, etc   
  • For some protein, add nuts of your choice.

Combine oats and water in a medium sized saucepan and bring to a full boil.  Turn off the heat, and immediately remove saucepan from element.  Add choice of optional ingredients and allow to sit, covered, for 45-50 mins.  You may sprinkle ground flax seed just before serving, add almond or rice milk and, if desired, sweeten with a bit of maple or agave syrup.  Heavenly!

Makes 4 -6 servings

The 5 Top Questions People ask me about Acupuncture

Acupuncture is steadily gaining in popularity as a health treatment.  Still, there are certain misconceptions about this amazing health option! I am often asked some of the following questions.

1. Will it hurt?
Even the most needle shy of my patients are surprised at how painless acupuncture treatments can be. The needles we use areas fine as a strand of hair. This makes for easy, pain-free insertion.  It is normal to feel a faint pricking sensation but many first timers report not feeling the needle at all.   Many patients find acupuncture so relaxing they fall asleep during the treatment!

2. Do you use sterilized needles?
Yes we do. We only use pre-sterilized, single use, disposable needles.

3. Will it work even if I don’t believe it will?
Belief has nothing to do with the efficacy of acupuncture. Beneficial results have been demonstrated on both children and animals.

4. How many treatments will I need?
How long the problem has been in existence and the general health of the patient are just two of the several factors that determine the number of treatments.  For example, a very healthy person with an acute muscular problem will need less treatment than someone with a longstanding chronic condition.

5. How much will it cost me to treat this problem with acupuncture?
Of course, the price is the practitioner’s fee multiplied by number of treatments, but the question should be, ‘what will it cost me if I don’t treat this problem with acupuncture?’ Things to consider are the real cost of days missed from work, the cost for over the counter and prescription drugs-including the price paid for their possible side effects, and even the cost of unnecessary surgery, including complications and rehabilitation and more time from work to recuperate.
When we take into account the real cost of treating many illnesses through conventional means, we can see just how cost effective the acupuncture option really is!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Is Your Bowel Irritable? If so, you have more options than ever...

IBS stands for Irritable Bowl Syndrome, a condition so common in Canada that we have one of the highest rates of IBS in the world. April being IBS awareness month, I'd like to point out that a lot can be done to manage and prevent its uncomfortable symptoms without resorting to medication.

The symptoms of IBS include:

Cramping pain in your lower abdomen
Bloating and gas
Diarrhea or constipation, or bouts of both
Relief of pain after bowel movements
Feeling of incomplete emptying after bowel movements
Mucus in your stool

People with IBS may also have associated upper abdominal symptoms such as nausea and heartburn.
A diagnosis is made through process of elimination to rule out other possible conditions. Tests may include stool sample testing, blood and urine tests, ultrasound and x-rays.

While certain foods have been shown to trigger symptoms for many people, the exact cause of IBS in unknown. There is, however, a clear connection between prolonged anxiety and the chronic manifestation of IBS symptoms.

What you can do if you have IBS

Although certain medications are sometimes prescribed to alleviate particular symptoms, know that there is a lot you can do to treat and prevent IBS without drugs.

Take control through your diet
The first is diet. Your health care provider should recommend an elimination diet, where foods that are suspected of causing an allergic reaction are eliminated, then gradually added back to see which ones trigger symptoms. The most common culprits are dairy products, wheat, corn, peanuts, citrus, soy, eggs, fish, and tomatoes.

Feel better with supplements and herbs
Probiotics, ground flaxseed and peppermint oil capsules have all been shown to provide relief of the various symptoms of IBS.  Consult a knowledgeable healthcare provider for details and dosage.

Why stress management is the key
Getting regular exercise, engaging in calming activities and seeking counseling can all help lower the effects of stress on your body. This is an important step as it has been shown that stress causes chemical changes in the lining of the colon that increase IBS symptoms. Research suggests that there are direct links between the brain and the gastrointestinal system, which would explain why flare-ups of IBS are sometimes triggered by emotional upsets or stress.
Also documented is the fact that when a person is under stress, the body diverts blood flow away from the digestive system resulting in indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, and/or painful colon spasms.

IBS, stress and acupuncture
IBS patients get very good results with acupuncture because it regulates the energy and blood flow of all of the organs in the body, including those related to digestion.  Acupuncture has also been proven to have a long lasting effect on stress. In these ways, it has been very beneficial to many of my own patients in their management of IBS.  I have seen symptoms such as abdominal pain and bloating, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation, all disappear when dietary changes are combined with acupuncture treatments.

If you would like more information on how acupuncture and diet can help with IBS, you can reach me at (819) 681-8228 or via my website at
Be well and thrive!

Update on the latest newsletter

Hi!  I'm just putting the finishing touches on the April edition of my seasonal newsletter.  Here's a sneak preview of what you'll find inside.
  • The Answers to the top 5 Questions people ask me about Acupuncture.
  • Getting clear about IBS, (irritable bowel syndrome).  April is IBS awareness month.
  • A new event to attend in Mont-Tremblant.
  • Another tasty, easy, healthy recipe!
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