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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 ✨

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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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Tongue Diagnosis: The Basics

The tongue is a very interesting organ that is often overlooked in Western Medicine. But in TCM, the tongue plays an important role in assessment and diagnosis. The tongue is the only organ that can really give us an idea of our internal health and displays a lot more than just oral hygiene. Have you ever noticed that no matter how much you brush your tongue, there is still a coating? This coating can tell you so much about your lifestyle and can even be linked with certain symptoms!

The way this works is that in TCM, parts of the tongue are associated with different internal organs. The colour, coating and size of the tongue are all taken in mind when doing a tongue diagnosis.

This map of the tongue is generally used when doing an assessment. It’s important to notice if there’s a difference between each section or organ. In some patients, there are purple spots or cracks on certain areas. This is all normal, and can be changed with the proper lifestyle and diet.

Here are four key descriptors when looking at your tongue:

  • Body Colour: Pale, Red, Crimson, Purplish Blue.
  • Body Shape: Enlarged (Swollen), Thin, Deviated,
  • Coating: White, Yellow, Thick/Thin
  • Texture: Moist, Cracked, Rough, Peeling, Slimy/Greasy

In this blog, I will go into depth about what each tongue colour signifies, associated symptoms, and small lifestyle changes that you can make. A healthy tongue should be a fleshy pink with a bit of a coating. The sides should not have teeth marks, and it should not look swollen or thinned out.

A Pale tongue is associated with deficiency in TCM. It’s linked to fatigue, poor appetite, pale complexion, spontaneous sweating, feeling cold and tired. It’s generally seen on those who eat foods that are colder in nature such as raw foods, fruits, salads and vegetables. These foods are amazing for you, but in moderation! If your tongue is pale, it’s because you are eating too much cold foods. Try cooking a bit of apple with cinnamon or adding ginger to your diet. These foods will warm your interior and help ease some of the mentioned symptoms. Another useful tip is to soak your feet in a warm bath when you feel cold.

A Red tongue is linked to many heat symptoms such as constipation, skin irregularities, feeling hot/thirsty and having trouble sleeping. A red tongue is generally seen when someone indulges in spicy foods and is a result of too much heat in the body. To cool your interior, try eating more foods that are colder in nature such as fruits, salads, vegetables and fruit juices. You can also try meditating because heat is also linked to irritation and a bad temper. Mint is great for cooling the body!

A Purplish Blue tongue is linked to blood stasis. Blood stasis is when the blood circulation in the body is not optimal. This can manifest as headaches, pain, cold limbs, varicose veins and digestive issues. A purple/blue tongue is generally seen in older patients, smokers and those with less nutritionally rich diets. A purple tongue signifies that both diet and lifestyle need to be improved. The best thing to do if you notice your tongue is purple or has purple spots, is to start exercising daily and go for a massage. Also, incorporate nutrient rich foods into your diet such as black beans, lentils and avocados. This will improve your circulation and therefore ease pain and the above mentioned symptoms.

Aside from the appearance of your tongue, please make sure that you are properly nourishing your mind and body. This means doing what makes you happy, eating nutrient dense foods and practicing self-care. Never forget how important you really are!

If you want to learn more about how TCM theory works, click here.

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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.