New Hours to Better Meet Your Needs

I just wanted to take this moment to let you know there are some changes going on around here.  I am anticipating being able to offer more evening appointments as a second treatment room has become available to me.

 For those of you that like my undivided attention during treatment, you will still be able to receive that service when you come during the mid day.  I was finding it a challenge to meet the needs of clients in the later afternoon and early evenings as these are the times that are most desireable.  By being able to stagger evening appointments, I will be able to meet your needs more effectively.  And hopefully I have you feel better and more like yourself sooner as well.

          If you need to book appointments after your work day, then check out this

                                          new schedule:

                                                                Monday         1pm – 8 pm          Tuesday        9am  –  6pm
                                                                Wednesday  1pm – 8pm            Friday            9am  –  6pm

I am anticipating that the second room may be available by the end of February.  Please feel free to check in with me during the month of February, as I may be able to set things up quicker that anticipated.  Maybe you will be the first person to be in the new room?

As always, I strive to offer the best products and services that I can find to meet your needs.  I am presently looking at bringing collagen to improve the joints, your skin, and to heal your digestive system among other systems in the body.

There are a few other changes going on, so please feel free to ask.

Remember that acupuncture is covered by your Extended Health Care Plans.

If you happen to know someone who could use my services, please feel free to pass my name along to them.  I greatly appreciate it, and I’m sure they will too.

As always, I wish you the best health and hope that 2017 treats you very well.

Wishing you the very best 2017 can bring toyou!.

Warmest Wishes

Doreen

 

Bone Broth Recipe

Homemade bone soup stock or broth should become a staple for anyone who’s starting a journey of healing their digestive (gut) issues.  Bone broth soup stock is also very healing and restorative when recovering from auto immune health issues.

Bone stock or broth might be about the last nutrition powerhouse that many are not aware of.  Making bone broth from bones is very economical, they are dirt cheap.  If you utilize all the bones from the meat you eat, you’ll be getting them free. The bones from turkey or chicken dishes is one example.  You can get the bones from your butcher at a very low price as well.

You can make stock from any kind of bones including those from chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and fish. If you’re fortunate enough to have access to game meat, wild animals have some of the healthiest bones because they eat a diet that’s evolutionarily correct for their digestive systems. Their bones contain all the nutrients they need, and game makes delicious stock.

“Bone stock contains 2 important amino acids – proline and glycine – in addition to minerals and collagen.

  • Glycine supports detoxification and helps the body synthesize collagen. It aids in wound healing and supports the release of growth hormones.
  • Proline tightens and builds cell structures, strengthening them. A strong collagen structure heals leaky guts, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and improves the strength of skin and vein walls.

A good stock will be gelatinous after it has been cooled. Concentrated stock where a great part of the gelatin has been extracted from the bones will be thick and gelatinous when cold.

  • It makes a wonderful cold weather drink straight from a mug, and works wonders when you’re feeling under the weather.
  • It’s especially helpful for people dealing with digestive problems.
  • Nutrients that we seldom get in our modern diets, such as collagen, gelatin and glucosamine, are extracted. These nutrients are some of the main building blocks of the digestive system and help it stay healthy.”  Source:  http://paleoleap.com/making-fresh-bone-stock/

Recipe for a great homemade stock

herbs

  • Simply place a big bunch of bones in a stockpot, cover them with cold water and set the temperature on medium heat and let it come to a boil for 5 minutes only.  Drain.
  • Cover bones with fresh cold water and adjust temperature to medium, medium/low.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or regular vinegar to the cold water to help draw the nutrients and minerals from the bones.
  • If you have beef marrow bones, you can roast your them beforehand for 25-30 minutes at 375oF (190oC) and then use them to make your stock. This technique makes a much darker stock with a roasted flavor.
  • You can easily mix things up and use bones from different animals all in the same pot.

Boil your bones for approximately 4 hours for chicken and fish and up to 6 hours for beer or larger bones. Keep checking to see that the bones remain covered and do not boil dry.

In the last hour of boiling your bones, add your package of herbs.  See the article about the herbs used:  http://www.doreenhill.com/herbs-to-use-in-bone-broths-for-prevention/.  Some of the herbs in the package are edible, however it will be easier to strain the bones and herbs from your stock.  Some people also like to cool the stock and remove the congealed fat that forms on the top.  Leaving the fat or removing it is entirely your choice.  If you use grass fed animals, the fat will be healthy for you.

Storing your stock

After your stock is cooked, it’s a good idea to cool it quickly because bacteria can multiply rapidly.  You can also put the stock in small one cup containers and freeze remaining to ensure safety.

soupWhat to do with your stock

Once you’ve made this delicious liquid, you may find yourself using it in all kinds of recipes such as soups, stews, or drink it as a healthy broth.  This is a sample of a delicious, nourishing soup. Having the herbs added to my homemade soups gives my body more energy and vitality.

 

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Yumm!! Immune Supporting, Nourishing Herbals to add to your Bone Broth Soups

This is a small sampling of herbs you can add to your stock pot when you prepare bones for a bone broth.  Bone broth soups are very nourishing and health for the body.  I have prepared individual use pouches of these herbs to make it easy for adding to your soup pot.

It is always a good idea to contact a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner before venturing out to purchase your herbs.  Even though these herbs are considered “healthy foods” for some people, and their conditions,  they may not be appropriate.

These herbals are only meant to enhance health and for prevention and are not for treating any active conditions.

 

For ideas on how to make your own bone broth, refer to this post.  http://www.doreenhill.com/bone-broth-recipe/

 

gouqiGou Qi Zi Berries – Fructus Lycii

For various substance and blood deficiency syndromes.

It is a key herb of tonifying blood and substance.  For nourishing, because it can nourish kidney energy.  Can be used for soreness of lumbar, spermatorrhea, seminal emission, spontaneous sweating, night sweat, deafness, blurred vision (due to deficiency of kidney energy).

For insomnia, dream-disturbed sleep, and sallow complexion and for blurred vision due to liver and kidney deficiency.

It can tonify liver and kidney, and is skilled in improving vision. It is a commonly used herb for blurred vision and short sight and “floaters” in the vision due to liver and kidney deficiency.

 

snow-fungusSnow Fugus – Tremella Fuciformis

Increases body fluids.  Can be used for dry cough. It’s a herbal tonic for skin as it  improves the complexion and also fights infection.  It has an anti tumor effect and lowers LDL and increases collagen.

 

astragalus

Huang Qi – Astragalus

Tonify digestion (spleen and stomach). Raises energy (QI) as in prolapses and tonifys lung function.

Tonifies blood in anemia, reduces edema and has a cardio-vascular effect.

 

yu-zhu

Yu Zhu – Polygonatum Odorati

Moisturizes lung, stomach, and can be used for dryness. Good for irritability reduces night sweating, hunger and constipation.

 

 

bai-shao  Bai Shao – Paeoniae Lactiflorae

Tonifies and nourishes  blood, also can regulates menstrual cycle.

 

 

downloadZiziphus Jujubes – Red Dates

High in magnesium, copper, niacin, manganese, phosphorus, iron, tonifies blood, 20 times more Vitamin C as in other fruits, lowers blood pressure, treats liver disharmony and constipation.

 

 

black-fungusHei Mu Er – Black Fungus

Wood (Jew’s) ear is a VERY important food for us that should be incorporated into everyone’s diet. It is especially beneficial for blood, as it can nourish, activate, and clean the blood all at once.   It deeply nourishes the deepest fluids of the body, counteracts high cholesterol, increases body fluids, and adds moisture to the lung.

Contains vitamin K, which helps prevent blood coagulation, thrombosis, and embolism. Regular consumption can help prevent atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. It’s rich in iron, as well as cellulose and a special plant collagen. Cellulose and collagen together can promote intestinal fat/food excretion, prevent constipation, and help the body to remove toxic substances.

 

Feel free to contact me regarding the purchase of these raw herbs.   Contact me here

 

Treating the Root of Health Issues

“Whenever we treat a disease, we must approach it at the root.”

In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, meridians are a set of pathways in the body along which vital energy flows. There are twelve such pathways that are associated with specific body organs. Doreen highlights four of these important meridians and their associated organs:

·       Kidney

The kidney is the root of life with functions that are closely related to every aspect of our development from birth to death. The kidney meridian travels the inside of the ankles and, therefore, massaging the area around the ankles can strengthen and circulate energy in the kidney/adrenal system to improve overall health

·       Liver

The liver opens into the eyes, which is why the eyes are often used as a diagnostic tool for determining the health of the liver. If liver blood is abundant, we will see clearly. If it is deficient, there could be eye problems such as blurred vision, dry eyes, and floaters

·       Heart

The heart is considered the ruler of other organs in Chinese medicine. It is deeply involved with the mental and emotional processes. The heart is considered the residence of the mind and, as such, is the organ most often involved in insomnia, depression, anxiety, and memory

·       Lungs

In Chinese medicine, the lungs are associated with boundary, breath, and renewal. Abundant lung energy manifests as strong physical vitality. Conversely, weak lung energy shows up in low vitality and a poor immune system resulting in shallow breathing and skin that appears to be unhealthy. Emotionally, there is likely to be constraint and sadness.

Regular acupuncture treatments can regulate the function of the meridians and all body systems to bring about the return of overall balance and help restore physical and emotional health.”

– To see more articles about acupuncture and Doreen Hill, please go to:

http://www.newwestrecord.ca/standout/chinese-meridians-the-pathways-to-overall-health-1.2296158#sthash.ME1hOgbt.dpuf 

 

Seen in Local Newspaper

Doreen has written several articles and is featured in the local New Westminster Record paper.  Content of the articles vary.  Topics range from explaining what acupuncture is and how it works to the related article topics below.

Related Links

– See more at: http://www.newwestrecord.ca/standout/doreen-hill-acupuncture-1.2296137#sthash.dTNwcFLl.dpuf

Fibromyalgia

Oh, the pain and stiffness of fibromyalgia, can acupuncture help?

An estimated 3 – 6 % of the population suffers from fibromyalgia, which causes widespread pain, fatigue, and anxiety. For those living with it, it can be a life-altering condition, leaving them unable to enjoy activities others take for granted. Acupuncture provides a safe method that has been shown to greatly reduce symptoms.

Acupuncture is used for relief of many ailments, mostly pain. Tiny needles correct the energy imbalance resulting in pain relief. A study of 18,000 patients concluded that in conditions such as chronic headache or arthritis, acupuncture is nearly twice as effective as traditionally prescribed drugs.

Benefits of acupuncture are: Reduced Pain, Relaxation, Improved Sleep and Boosted Immune System just to name a few.

Other methods of treatment for Fibromyalgia are Trigger Point Injections.  

Trigger point injection (TPI) may be an option for treating pain in some patients. TPI is a procedure used to treat painful areas of muscle that contain trigger points, or knots of muscle that form when muscles do not relax. Often these knots can be felt and are quite painful. Trigger points may irritate the nerves around them and cause pain to appear in another part of the body.  Examples of this is sciatica pain.

What happens in a Trigger Point Injection treatment?

The injection contains a local anesthetic called procaine, B12 (hydroxocobalamin) and a saline solution. The injection allows the trigger point and the surrounding muscles to relax and the pain is alleviated.  Several sites may be injected in one visit.

Fibromyalgia can be a frustrating and debilitating illness thankfully; acupuncture can be a highly effective option.

You owe it to yourself to call today to discuss whether acupuncture is right for you.

Receive 25% off your booked appointment.

Acupuncture is covered by Extended Health Care Plans. 

Repetitive Stress Injury

I work as a checkout clerk at our local grocery store. I think I have Repetitive Stress Injury.

 

Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI), is a very common complaint. Any activity that is done repeatedly can cause an injury to the muscles or joints.

You could be a computer worker, trades worker or checkout clerk.

 

RSI refers to a variety of conditions including bursitis, tendinitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel and tennis elbow. Excessive repetitive movements, over a period of time, cause these injuries. The repetition causes a reduction to the circulation in an area leading to tiny tears in the muscles and tendons. The tiny muscle tears become inflamed and painful.

 

Symptoms of RSI usually start gradually, and migrate into frequent burning, tingling or numbness. Pain sometimes travels up the arms and affect the shoulders. Often the symptoms occur at night and as they worsen you may feel pain, weakness, or numbness in the hands, fingers or wrists. Decreased grip and strength may also occur.

 

Acupuncture is especially well suited to treating RSI because it reduces the inflammatory response and improves the circulation of energy (QI) and blood. The improved circulation speeds up the healing process.

 

If you or someone you know suffers from RSI, call today for a consultation and get 25% off your first treatment.  Acupuncture is covered by Extended Health Care Plans

 

Voted The Best Acupuncture Business for 2 years in a row.

 

 

body on acupuncture

I have pain, can acupuncture help me?

Back, neck and shoulder pain are the most common complaints and affect more than 75% of our clients.  Pain anywhere in the body is exhausting. Pain causes fatigue both mentally and physically. It inhibits the ability to move about, to get exercise or to stretch and to maintain a positive attitude.

Acupuncture is helpful in pain reduction or elimination of pain by quickening the healing process. By using various techniques that reduce inflammation and increase circulation, acupuncture can speed the body’s natural healing response.

Acupuncture can reduce or eliminate your pain, without negative side effects.You are going to want to enjoy the longer days and sunshine as Spring approaches. Take care of yourself and treat those aches and pains.

So, instead of taking potentially harmful pain medication – why not try acupuncture, a natural approach to relieving those aches and pains.

If you or someone you love suffers from acute or chronic pain, call to find out more about how acupuncture can help.

Call today and book your appointment today and receive 25% off your treatment.

Acupuncture is covered by Extended Health Care Plans

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Daily stresses, poor diet, inconsistent exercise, trauma, accidents and age can weaken the immune system leaving you prone to aches and pains. Acupuncture improves circulation and removes blockages to the areas experiencing discomfort or insufficient functioning.

There is a strong link between chronic stress and health problems, indicating the need to recognize and manage stress more effectively.

  • stainless steel needles
  • micro-current stimulation

Treatable disorders

  • respiratory
  • eye, ear, nose, throat
  • gastro-intestinal
  • neurological
  • musculo-skeletal
  • emotional
  • gynecological

Miscellaneous

  • addiction control
  • athletic performance
  • blood pressure
  • chronic fatigue
  • immune system toning
  • stress reduction

How Does Acupuncture Really Work?

Very basically, acupuncture is a holistic medicine that considers the body imbalances that lead to dysfunction.  We bring balance to the flow of circulation (consisting of energy, blood and bodyfuids).  Once balance is restored – healing can take place.

According to Chinese philosophy, the body contains two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these opposing forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”), flows like rivers along these pathways, or meridians, throughout the body.  However, the flow of energy can sometimes be blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam. A disruption in the flow of energy can lead to illness, tight muscles, dysfunction in organs and tissues.

Approximately 2,000 different acupuncture points lie along the body’s meridians. Acupuncture stimulates these points with needles, pressure or micro-current (Needle less) to relieve the blockage in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal.

In the Western view, acupuncture likely works by stimulating the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones. These chemicals dull pain, boost the immune system and regulate various body functions.

Electro-acupuncture sends an electrical current through the needles to stimulate pressure points during acupuncture.

Cupping places heated jars or cups over the skin. Suction pulls the skin into the cups, creating a vacuum-like effect that stimulates the acupuncture points.  This technique also releases the facia layers which can improve circulation, reduce tension and bring balance to tissues of the body.  Two methods incorporated are:  Stationary cupping and sliding cupping – moving the cups to treat a larger area.

WESTERN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Research has shown that acupuncture increases the micro-circulation and vasomotion throughout the body which in turn increases oxygenation of the tissues which will help flush toxins, waste products, and other accumulated particles and chemicals from the tissues improving their overall function. Therefore, the small electrical currents generated by the insertion of a needle into the fascia or connective tissues can indeed have beneficial effects. And because of the nature of the connective tissues, it is quite plausible that these effects could occur both locally at the site of needle insertion or at a distance from the acu-point.

According to one scientific study on pain relief induced by acupuncture it was concluded that acupuncture works by stimulating nerve fibers in the muscles, which send impulses to the spinal cord, brain and hypothalamus-pituitary. These centers in turn release endorphins which block the pain impulses.

While it cannot be said that an exact mechanism, or a precise Western description of acupuncture function has been discovered, it can be said that many phenomena can play a part in such a definitive description.  Western science is beginning to accept that needling of a specific point does direct a stimulus to certain responsive parts of the nervous system setting off a biochemical cascade which enhances healing. Many of the ideas in the classical Chinese texts may be justified by Western theories and methods.