Defeat Bad Breath Naturally

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In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), bad breath is most often a sign of Heat in the body- especially in the Stomach. 

Other signs you might experience: 

  1. Thirst especially for cold drinks

  2. Frontal headaches

  3. Gum swelling, pain, bleeding or mouth ulcers

  4. Constant hunger

  5. Constipation

  6. Nausea, vomiting or belching after eating

  7. Acid reflux

  8. Stomach discomfort or ache

  9. Dry mouth and lips

  10. Improper sleep

Try these:

  1. Getting proper sleep (ex. eight hours a night or don’t sleep too late)

  2. Eat at regular hours (ex. don’t eat past 7 pm)

  3. Don't over eat or eat too fast

  4. Try adding these to your diet:

    • Celery

    • Carrot

    • Apple

    • Cilantro

    • Parsley

    • Spinich

    • Strawberry

    • Banana

    • Cucumber

    • Green Tea

    • Water

    • Sugarless Gum

    • Spices such as rosemary and Sage

  5. Avoid these in your diet:

    • Hot, greasy, fried food (Ex. curry, chilli, garlic/onions, chips etc.)

    • Caffeine, alcohol, carbonate drinks

  6. Acupuncture

  7. Herbs

    • Such as Liquorice roots, Peppermint, and Longan Berries to name a few..

 

Natural Hangover Cure

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1. Acupuncture

  • A few points on your abdomen, head, wrist, ankle, and hand can help with your headache, nausea, low energy, dizziness, diarrhea, and blurred vision

2. Herbs

  • Ge Hua Jie Cheng San (Kudzu, Ginseng, Tangerine peel) can help relieve digestive system, relieve headache, and boost your energy

3. Peppermint Tea

  • Help ease stomach by neutralizing overabundant acid and bring down inflammation in intestinal tract

  • This will be good if you have diarrhea, upset or cramping stomach

4. Bananas

  • Alcohol draws water from body's cells. Going to the washroom will flush potassium down the toilet

  • Low level of potassium causes weak, shaky muscles, and high blood pressure

5. Water, even better Coconut Water

  • Alcohol is a diuretic that can cause dehydration. Down a glass of water before bed, even after you wake up

  • If you want you can add salt and sugar to help replace sodium and glycogen last the night before

  • Since you need electrolyte, coconut water is the best choice. It contains SODIUM, POTASSIUM, CALCIUM, AND PHOSPHORUS

6. Ginger

  • Known for relieving nausea, flush out toxins faster, and stomach pain

7. Eggs

  • Great source of protein and contain nutrients to help break down toxins

8. Sleep

  • Rest is your best friend

9. Miso Soup

  • Contains a lot of nutrients our bodies need to feel better (Ex. water and sodium)

  • Also fermented food that contains healthy bacteria can help aid with digestion

10. Good Dinner

  • Food helps slow absorption of alcohol, and the longer it takes alcohol to reach your bloodstream, the longer it is until you become intoxicated

  • Eat protein rich food, have a burger

Acupuncture: Help You Create "World Champion Sperm" One Treatment At A Time

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The male reproductive system is just as important as the women when it comes to conception. However, somehow when it comes to infertility, all the focus seem to fall on the women. Men are 50% of the factor when it comes to conception. So, if you are having issues conceiving, don’t forget to test the male in the relationships as well. 

Although in many cases, the cause of male infertility is unknown. The good news is that it is easier to treat male fertility than female, since men are constantly making new sperm (we’re talking 1000 sperm per heart beat!). 

Typical semen analysis looks at the sperm in these ways:

  1. Sperm Motility: How well the sperm can travel to the vagina into the fallopian tubes where they meet the egg

  2. Sperm Morphology: the structure of the sperm (ex. abnormal shape)

  3. Sperm Count: the more the better obviously!

Like mentioned above, in many cases the cause of male infertility are unknown. However, below are some common lifestyle causes:

  1. Unhealthy diet

  2. Excessive alcohol and caffeine

  3. Drugs, marijuana, cigarettes

  4. Hot tubs/baths, Saunas

  5. Overweight

  6. Stress

  7. Improper sleep

  8. Lack of exercise

How acupuncture can help:

Just like the engine in your car needs oil to keep it cool and running efficiently, your testicles need blood to bring nutrients, keep things cool, and remove waste products that can potentially damage your sperm before they mature. Many cases, patients have stagnation of blood in the scrotal sack that can lead to increased temperatures, buildup of metabolic waste products, and poor sperm production. Acupuncture can help fix that by promoting more blood flow to your testicular artery and cool the scrotum. 

Lets clear one thing up right away, the acupuncturist is not going to put needle on your genitals. Majority of the points will be on your lower arms, legs, back and abdomen!

Contact Acu Releaf to start your treatments now and help you create high quality and healthy “World Champion Sperm.” 

All About Midwives

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Before opening Acu Releaf, I had the privilege of working at Community Birth Program, an amazing midwifery clinic in Surrey where I learned so much about midwifery, prenatal and postpartum care. When I say, “learned so much” I really mean it. Prior to working at Community Birth I had very little knowledge about midwives and what they do (I am sure I am NOT the only one). 

After more then two and a half years, I am still in awe at the midwifery profession. I realized all these midwives I worked with have similar personalities. They are all caring, patient, professional, and have the biggest hearts. At the same time, they are competent and knowledgable and know how to really get things done, in the right way for the best interest of their patients. I’ve seen them deal with unfortunate situations such as difficult and unsuccessful pregnancies, from miscarriages to stillbirths. Every time they will deal with those situations with such grace, compassion, and courage. I don’t know about you but these are the traits I look for in a health care provider.  These are also traits I look up to and strive for in my own practice. 

Like everything in parenting the choice to see a midwife or doctor is a personal decision. There is no right or wrong answer, the key is to find someone who you are comfortable with. However, how do you know if you want a midwife or doctor if you don’t know what midwives do? Everybody already knows what doctors do, right? 

Here are some facts you need to know about midwives:

  • Offer prenatal, postpartum care to healthy pregnant patients & newborn care up until 6 weeks postpartum

  • Provide care during pregnancy, labour, delivery, and postpartum (yes, they deliver babies)

  • 6 weeks postpartum care include breast feeding guidance and support with adjustment to life with new baby

  • Consistently see patients every 4 weeks up until 32 weeks, every 2 weeks up until 38 weeks, and every week up until delivery (home visits are an option after delivery)

  • 30-40 minute appointments, which gives midwives plenty of time to communicate and care for their patients

  • Order and interpret test reports for physical, psychological, emotional, and social health

  • Also order lab tests, prenatal screening, ultrasounds for both patients and newborns

  • Order medications during pregnancy and labour (yes, this includes emergency pain medications)

  • Offer home and hospital delivery

  • Work with other health care professionals (will send referral to doctors- such as OB, paediatricians if absolutely needed)

  • Offer plenty of resources to help support patients (ex. acupuncturist, naturopathic physicians, doulas, massage therapist, and much more)

  • Did I mention they offer 24/7 contact for emergencies?

Bringing a baby into this world is such a beautiful journey. It is important to keep your options open and see what our health care system has to offer. Its hard to believe just two and a half years ago I had such little knowledge about midwives. Now, I believe midwives are best way to go when you’re expecting a baby. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking With Herbs: Tremella With Go Ji Berries Dessert

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Ingredients & their benefits: 

Note: all ingredients can be purchased at health food stores or herb stores. Also, amount of ingredients is up to your preferance.

Tremella “White Jelly Leaf Mushroom”

  • Improve skin by creating wonderful complexion and youthful glow skin

  • Strengthen respiratory system (ex. Asthma and coughs etc)

  • Immune system enhancer

  • Prevent cancer

  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol

Go Ji Berries

  • Better sleep

  • Weight loss

  • Anxiety

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Age related eye problems

Dates

  • Constipation

  • Strengthen bones

  • Promote digestion

  • Cure allergies

  • Improve skin

  • Weight loss

  • Anemia

Longan Fruits

  • Improve skin

  • Boosts libido

  • Anxiety

  • Anemia

  • Weight loss

  • Strengthen immunity

  • Improve memory

  • Vision health

Instructions:

  1. Soak tremella in hot water until the mushroom expands

  2. Tear tremalla into small biteable sizes, discard the darker hard centre, rinse and put aside

  3. Rince other ingredients- I only added go ji berries this time but you can add dates and longan fruits too

  4. Throw everything in crock pot, add water to cover the pot and add natural sweeter (note: add sweetener to your liking)

  5. Set crock pot on low keep and leave for 1-2 hours

  6. Store in fridge and serve cold (note: you can eat it hot too but I prefer mine cold)

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Facial Mapping: What Your Acne Is Telling You?

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Have you every wondered why you only get acne on specific locations on your face? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these spots on your face do not just show up randomly. In TCM different areas on your face is related to certain TCM organs. Each of these organs are relatively connected to body systems that need strengthening if a weakness (appearing as spots) is evident. Our face is like a mirror to the interior of our body.

Keep in mind that when I talk about TCM organs like “Kidney” or “Liver”, I don't mean the Western anatomical organs you are familiar with. They do have the same names but they relate to theoretical TCM "organs.” TCM theory is based on years of observation rather than hard scientific facts. Being open minded about TCM theory and diagnosis can lead to some interesting realization about yourself and your current health state.

Heart and Intestines area:

Patient may have:

  • Digestive issues (ex. constipation, loose stool, bloating after meals)

  • Random palpitations

  • Insomnia, or irregular sleep schedule

  • Bitter taste in mouth

  • Emotional sweat (ex. sweaty palms when nervous)

  • Excessive body heat

Tips:

  • Ensure 7-9 hours of sleep a night

  • Try dandelion, chamomile, green tea, or even hot water with lemon & honey

  • Add tomatoes, papaya, cherry, red beans, radish, rhubarb, red dates to diet

  • Maintain cholesterol level

  • Keep blood pressure in check

Kidney and Bladder area:

Patient may have:

  • Urinary issues (ex. poor urinary output, hesitant or difficult flow)

  • Reproductive issues (ex. infertility, irregular menstruation, PCOS)

  • Bone health issues (ex. osteoporosis, brittle bone, cavity prone)

Tips:

  • Drink plenty of water as you may lack water intake

  • Stay away from sweetened/caffeinated beverages and alcohol

  • Switch table salt to sea salt

  • Add vegetables such as endive, asparagus, quinoa, oats to your diet

  • Add fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, melons, potatoes to your diet

Hormonal area:

Patient may have:

  • Reproductive issues (ex. acne may occur before or during cycle, infertility, irregular menstruation, period pain, PCOS, menopause)

Tips:

  • Be extra cautious with skin before period

  • Drink lukewarm-hot tea or water before cycle

  • Try raspberry leaf tea

  • Prioritize sleep

  • Add avocado, almonds, broccoli, salmon to diet

Lung

Patient may have:

  • Immunity issues (ex. prone to coughs, cold, and catch everything flying around)

  • Respiration issues (ex. asthma, allergies, breathlessness, often contact with polluted air)

  • Skin issues (ex. other then acne: eczema, psoriasis)

  • Irregular sweat (ex. excessive sweat during physical exertion, sweat without exertion)

Tips:

  • More exercise

  • Stay away from polluted air

  • Quit smoking

  • Try adding green plants to clear the air in your home

  • Cut back on sugar intake

  • Add tofu, beans, white meat, white mushrooms to diet

  • Start day with warm breakfast (ex. even hot soup can be an option)

Spleen and Stomach area:

Patient may have:

  • Digestion issues *note: a bit different then heart and intestine area* (ex. IBS, bad breath, poor appetite)

  • Dampness: exposure to damp environment

  • Low energy at all times

  • Blood circulation issues (ex problems with bruising, anemia, dry skin or mouth)

  • Prone to mouth/lip issues (ex. cold sores, cracked lips)

Tips:

  • Eat at regular hours (ex. don’t eat before you sleep, while you work, chew food thoroughly)

  • Avoid uncooked, cold, dairy, sweet food (ex. ice cream, chocolate)

  • Avoid fried, greasy, spicy food

  • Cut back on seafood

  • Add coconut oil, olive oil or nuts to diet

  • Try peppermint or tangerine peel tea

  • Try exercising in the AM

Liver area:

Symptoms:

  • Emotional problems (ex. excessive anger, suppressed anger, moodiness, irritability, stress)

  • Eye problems (ex. dry eyes, blood shot, seeing spots randomly)

  • Excessive consumption of toxins (ex. in food or environment)

  • Frequent headaches, migraines, dizziness

Tips:

  • Know when to take time out from busy life to relax

  • Add carrots, celery, lettuce to diet

  • Less meat

  • Try lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in water as beverage

  • Cut back on alcohol, smoking etc

For acne prone patients, a comprehensive consultation is required at their initial visit. The theory of facial mapping is used as part of our diagnosis. Our clinic will tailor your acupuncture treatment and prescribe herbal medicine for your needs. 

Our main goal is to treat the root cause of acne. That way, we get keep the acne gone for good.