Astragalus and protective qi

Huang qi, or astragalus, is a Chinese herb that has made the cross over into western herbal medicine. In the Chinese system, its primary function is that of an energy or qi tonic. It forms part of many formulas that are directed toward strengthening the lungs, the spleen/pancreas and the protective (wei) qi. The symptoms for such formulas include: fatigue, …

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Thyroid Gland Support

According to the Thyroid Foundation of Canada, “Recent studies indicate that 1 in 10 Canadians suffer from a thyroid condition of one type or another! “, with as many as 50% of that number being undiagnosed. (/www.thyroid.ca/thyroid_disease.php). Thyroid hormones are critically important in cellular metabolism and as such have an impact on all of the functions of the body. In …

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spring equinox and yin-yang balance

Finally here, the spring equinox is the transition from the cold yin winter to the warm yang spring. It represents a seasonal equilibrium between these two essential qualities. According to eastern medical theory, maintaining our personal yin-yang balance helps provide a foundation for health. This can be challenging in this era of faster is better, busy schedules and too many …

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Dear clients, My recent study tour to Japan was a professionally invigorating and culturally enriching experience. The first few days were spent in a quiet area of Tokyo. Lots of people walking and cycling, not too many cars. The bikes were left unlocked in the street. People were courteous, and even the women at the supermarket checkouts seemed genuinely delighted …

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“Texter’s Neck”

“It is well known that a bent back deprives the mind of its tension so that it is quickly invaded by random thoughts and images, but that a straight back by strengthening concentration lessens the incidence of wandering thoughts…Conversely, when the mind becomes free of ideas the back tends to straighten itself without conscious effort.” Philip Kapleau, “The Three Pillars …

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Vitamin D

I received some information about Vitamin D’s wide ranging benefits the other day that I would like to share with you. I wasn’t aware of its full potential to help prevent serious illness, and feel we should all be keeping our levels optimum in order to help maintain good health and age gracefully. We don’t get enough sunshine here to …

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Mindfulness Research

Mindfulness meditation has been making inroads into various sectors of our society in the past few years, including schools, prisons and corporations. My wife has taught basic mindfulness techniques to kindergarten children in West Vancouver and most of the kids looked forward to their three minutes of quiet breathing three times a day. Research suggests that it benefits cognition, reduces …

What is Shin So Shiatsu?

The direct translation of Shin So Shiatsu is “deeper level shiatsu”. It is a system of shiatsu that enables the therapist to identify and treat energetic imbalances at a deeper level than traditional shiatsu. Developed by Master Tetsuro (Ted) Saito over three decades of research and practice, Shin So Shiatsu addresses not only the 12 Regular Meridians that meridian shiatsu practitioners …

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The Magic Touch: Stress Release With Shiatsu

As I floated away from my first professional treatment, about three inches off the ground, I had a definite feeling of having made the right choice of studies. I had exchanged sessions with other shiatsu students, but this was different. My hip pain was gone, I was walking more gracefully and I couldn’t help smiling and chuckling to myself as I glided …

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A child falls off the swing at the playground, and is scooped up in her mother’s arms. The screaming quickly gives way to quiet sobbing, and soon she is back with her friends, playing and laughing. A work colleague puts his arm around you after a stressful staff meeting, and your burden suddenly seems lighter. Your mate spontaneously embraces you …