All About Acupuncture

Whenever I tell someone that I am a Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac), they always have so many questions! So today I wanted to write a blog on what exactly acupuncture is, how it works and some of its origins. The cool thing about this ancient technique is that it originated in China over 2,000 years ago- so as mystifying as acupuncture may seem, it has been around for longer than most people realize!

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles in strategic points around the body. These points were first mentioned in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine which dates back to approximately 100 BCE. This information continued to be passed down from generation to generation, until the acupuncture points were refined and it became a standard practice in China.

Today, acupuncture has gained popularity around the world and is a regulated health profession in many countries. Research suggests that acupuncture can be used to help treat a number of conditions and diseases such as pain, insomnia, digestive issues, migraines, anxiety and depression.

How does it work?

In biomedical terms, acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system using specialized points to activate your body’s own natural healing capabilities.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine however, our organ systems play a pretty big role. Take the digestive system for example, the main organ responsible for digestion is the stomach or spleen. If a patient presents with no appetite and feels tired all of the time, I would choose acupuncture points on the “Stomach Meridian” to promote healthy digestion and help the overall digestive system function better.

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It’s important to differentiate between both Eastern and Western Medicinal systems because both systems look at the human body completely differently. Utilizing all of the knowledge that we have as a modern society, while applying it to ancient concepts can be an amazing integrative approach to any treatment plan.

What does it feel like?

In most cases, patients report feeling a dull sensation after the needle is inserted. But because acupuncture needles are so thin, most people don’t feel a thing! My personal acupuncture style is to make sure that my patient feels comfortable at all times. This can be done by engaging in an open conversation, asking questions and reading body language.

How to prepare for your very first acupuncture treatment!

Booking your first acupuncture treatment can be intimidating but it’s something that you should be thrilled about! Taking your health into your own hands and trying new things is something to celebrate!!

Here’s a list of things that I always remind my clients to do before our session:

  1. Make sure you eat beforehand! Because acupuncture works at a superficial level, it’s hard to predict how you may feel afterwards. Eating a nutritious breakfast will help you to feel fully energized and provide your body with everything it needs.
  2. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. This allows your practitioner to locate and needle acupuncture points precisely.
  3. Don’t drink coffee before your session- aside from coffee preventing relaxation, it also affects the appearance of your tongue. The tongue is a crucial indicator of internal health and can be used to aid in diagnosis.
  4. Try and book your appointment on a day off. Booking on a day off will allow you to fully relax and immerse yourself in the experience.

I hope you enjoyed my blog and learned something new about acupuncture! I am currently accepting new clients for Registered Acupuncturist treatments, so please check out my services page!
Stay healthy and stay glowing ✨


I am officially a Graduate of Traditional Chinese Medicine!

I am so happy to announce that I have officially graduated from the Traditional Chinese Medicine program at Humber College! For those of you who have been following my journey on Instagram, you know just how much this means to me! For those of you who are new, or solely following my blog- let me me tell you, it has been a crazy experience to say the least 😅

Through studying full-time for four years, taking 44 different courses and completing over 500+ clinical hours, this diploma was well earned!

My next plans…

I have always been so passionate about natural health, nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Throughout my studies, I was most interested in courses based on nutrition, herbal medicine and using tongue diagnosis to aid in treatment plans. I really like how TCM views the body system in a completely different way and uses alternative therapies to restore balance within the body!

My plan is to incorporate everything that I have learned into brand new services offered under Natural Glow Wellness. As a natural healer, I see great potential in using food as medicine to promote optimal health. In short, my all natural treatment plans will combine modern day nutritional needs with concepts from Traditional Chinese Medicine diet.

I also plan on offering all natural beauty treatments such as Gua Sha facials, facial cupping and virtual tutorials to teach my clients how to incorporate ancient skincare tips into their routine ✨

I do have some big plans, and I am so excited to start working on everything! As a practitioner, I am really excited to start promoting a healthy lifestyle and teaching others how to achieve optimal health through simple tips and tricks.

The Future of Natural Glow Wellness

Natural Glow Wellness will always encompass the idea that the earth has everything that we need to thrive. My business will always be based on being kind and providing my clients with the best services with one goal in mind- to promote optimal health.

I am so excited for this new chapter in my life, to begin formulating new treatment plans and to get new clients on board! Thank you so much to everyone who has believed in me, trusted in me and supported me! Your support honestly keeps me going and motivates me to create new content.

If you have any questions, feedback or would even like to chat about natural health- feel free to email me at I am always looking to network!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and stay tuned for my upcoming new services and the relaunch of my Natural Glow Wellness Instagram page

Shoutout to @Clairview.Studio for the professional photos, be sure to check them out for all of your headshot needs! ⚡️

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From Pre-Health Science to Traditional Chinese Medicine: A little bit about me

A lot of people ask me how I ended up studying Traditional Chinese Medicine of all things. Let me start off by saying that I had no idea that I even wanted to do TCM, but here I am and I couldn’t be happier!

It all started when I was 19 and decided to study Pre-Health Science at George Brown College in preparation for the Nursing program. The program was only a year and mainly consisted of advanced science courses and anatomy classes. I had a lot of fun, and was really invested in what I was studying, however, I realized that the healthcare system is focused on two things: money & prescribing medication. These two things will never fix anything. Not to mention, the current medical system fails to look at several factors that contribute to disease. Don’t get me wrong- our healthcare system is amazing in Canada. I really do appreciate it and it is 100% necessary in our population. However, with the current growing population and fast paced society, it’s easier for physicians to prescribe, rather than address the root issue which is commonly linked to diet and lifestyle.

I took all of these considerations in mind, and ventured out to see what programs suited my values most. The Naturopathic Doctor course appealed to me, but it was very expensive and I did not meet all of the requirements. I felt pretty defeated and didn’t know of any other natural health professions at the time.

Then, I found the Traditional Chinese Medicine Program at Humber College. I read the program description and was sold. I had no idea what Acupuncture, Cupping or Tai Chi even was but I went into it open minded. I took 4 courses each semester for 3 years, and travelled 2 hours daily by bus and subway just to get to class on time. It was hectic to say the least. The courses weren’t easy either- they were very heavy and I can honestly say that the TCM program was one of the hardest things I have ever studied. The courses ranged from herbal medicine, to clinical placements in all kinds of healthcare establishments. I learned such valuable lessons!

After successfully passing my final exam in April, I was supposed to do my clinical hours and graduate by Fall of 2020. But unfortunately due to the pandemic, clinics cannot operate, and therefore I cannot obtain my hours. It’s not how I planned things to go, but I am grateful regardless. I have had lots of time to study, grow as a person and even start this blog which took me months to get the courage to do.

I am really excited to start applying TCM theories to modern lifestyle and nutrition. It will be a while until I can physically do acupuncture treatments again but in the meantime I will be coming up with some health services so stay tuned! I am still learning the basics of blogging and making a seamless website but I am really excited to keep learning and advancing my skills.

Thank you so much for reading my first blog post. It truly means the world to me and I never thought I would actually be able to accomplish this.