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Médecine Prévéntive, Uncategorized

5 Raisons Pour Lesquelles Choisir L’Acupuncture dès Aujourd’hui

L’acupuncture est le système medicale le plus ancien du monde, utilisé par des millions de personnes à chaque jour. Au Québec, l’acupuncture est une profession de santé reconnue à part entière, très recherché chez les personnes qui désirent reprendre le contrôle de leur santé.

rretrouvez votre energie avec l'acupuncture
retrouvez votre energie avec l’acupuncture

Choisissez l’acupuncture aujourd’hui pour:

1.Vous déplacer librement sans douleur. De nombreuses études appuient l’efficacité de l’acupuncture dans la réduction des douleurs musculaires persistantes, des articulations et même des malaises abdominaux.

2.Équilibrer vos hormones. L’acupuncture est une façon réaliste et naturelle pour traiter les SPM, l’infertilité et les symptômes de la ménopause, car il peut accéder au système endocrinien, qui régit l’équilibre hormonal.

3.Améliorer votre système immunitaire. Vous souffrez souvent de rhume et de la grippe ? Libérez-vous des allergies et construisez de l’énergie défensive solide avec des traitements qui ciblent le système immunitaire.

4. Retrouver votre vitalité. L’Acupuncture traite la fatigue à sa source afin que vous puissiez vivre la vie que vous méritez!

5. Composer avec le stress de sorte que vous pouvez profiter d’une meilleure qualité de vie! L’acupuncture calme la tension nerveuse et améliore vos perspectives.

Acupuncture, Preventive Medicine, Uncategorized

Acu Lifting, The New Face of Anti-Aging

Cosmetic Acupuncture

I was skeptical when I signed up for a post graduate training in Facial Rejuvenation- until the instructor picked ME as the guinea pig. Having just finished 3 grueling years of acupuncture study, I felt exhausted and I guess it was obvious I needed a lift!

This acupuncture treatment is an alternative to facelift surgery and injectable fillers. It is used by models and actors ( Cher, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna), to maintain a more youthful looking appearance with virtually none of the risks of other cosmetic procedures.

Others realize that an acupuncture face lift works deeper to correct underlying conditions that contribute to aging such as hormonal imbalances, digestive problems and stress while treating the external signs of sagging and wrinkles – potentially erasing 5-10 years from the face. It is also a very relaxing way to spend an hour of your time.

I only had 2 treatments that week but I felt and observed that my skin became firmer, my eyelids less puffy and I felt a surge of energy for the days following the treatment. My daughter noticed that my skin tone was once again pink and glowing- a nice change from the ashen pallor I had before the treatment.

As a practitioner, I can say I LOVE helping someone return to their youthful looks with acupuncture. It is exciting and the effects can be noticed by others after the 6th or 7th treatment. For more information please visit my site


Your comments or questions are welcome.

Preventive Medicine, Uncategorized

5 Reasons to Choose Acupuncture TODAY!

5 Reasons to Choose Acupuncture TodayIMG_0319

Acupuncture is the oldest medical system in the world – used by millions of people everyday! Here in Quebec it is a fully-fledged, recognized health profession, attracting individuals who seek to regain control of their health.

Rosemary McDonough, Ac

Choose acupuncture today to:

 1. Move freely without pain. Numerous studies support acupuncture’s efficacy in reducing persistant muscle, joint and even abdominal pain.

2. Balance your hormones. Acupuncture is a realistic and natural way to treat SPM, infertility and menopause symptoms because it can access the endocrine system, which governs hormone balance.

3 Enhance your immune system.  Always catching colds and flu? Free yourself from allergies and build strong defensive energy with treatments that target the immune system.

4 Regain your vitality. There are many reasons for fatigue.  Acupuncture treats the problem at its source so you can live the life you deserve!

5 Deal with stress so you can enjoy a better quality of life! Acupuncture works to calm nervous tension and improve your outlook.



Nutrition, Uncategorized

Anti-Inflammatory Eating

TCM has always recognized the value of anti-inflammatory foods.   Conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, allergies, most heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, bursitis and diabetes type 2 can all be affected by an inflammatory diet.  The same is true for some headaches, stomach aches, high blood pressure and obesity.

The top inflammatory culprits are : sugar, dairy, wheat, trans fats and poor quality cooking oils. Eliminating these things can only improve your health.  Keep in mind that smoking, alcohol, and STRESS also cause inflammation.

The following are general recommendations.  Consult your health care provider for details and before making drastic changes to your diet.

ferment your own vegetables




Sugar (including fruits and fruit juices) Refined starches-white bread (anything that is a white food), lactose, sucrose, fructose . Spikes blood sugar, causing inflammation. Use Stevia as a sweetener.Try sweet potatoes instead of white.
Dairy Products(Yogurt, milk, cheese, ice cream) Leads to mucus forming conditions such as frequent common colds, allergies, and sinus infections as well as abdominal pain – bloating. Switch to almond or coconut milk. Do NOT use SOY milk or tofu. These are processed products that inhibit thyroid functioning.
Wheat The gluten in wheat and in other grains is highly inflammatory Switch to rice / quinoa, buckwheat. Commercial Gluten-Free Products often contain high amounts of sugar.
Tans Fats Trans fat is in processed foods such as fast foods, fried foods, anything that comes in a box. To eliminate completely.
Cooking oils Soy, corn, canola, and sunflower contain ingredients that increase inflammatory responses in the body. Use coconut oil for cooking at high temperatures.  Cold-pressed olive oil for salads.

DO eat PLENTY of vegetables, especially in stews, soups and stir-frys. Raw vegetables can pose digestive problems so learn how to ferment vegetables for a probiotic boost.  It’s easy and fun! And I promise to write a post on how to do that sometime before the summer is over.

TCM does not recommend pure vegetarianism. In moderation, eat grass-fed, hormone-free meats and wild game and fish.  Eat organic eggs and small quantities of fruit.  Use high quality fish oil supplements. They are anti-inflammatory and can protect against heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

There are specific dietary recommendations according to your health diagnosis, be it Yang deficiency, Yin Deficiency, Blood deficiency, Qi deficiency, Qi Stagnation, Phlegm Excess, etc.  Ask about yours.


Conditions, Uncategorized

Acupuncture offers relief for Migraines and Headaches

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Migraine ranks in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses. Seventy percent of migraine sufferers are women whose symptoms occur with hormonal fluctuations related to the menstrual cycle.

Characterized by moderate to intense pain usually on one side of the head and often accompanied by dizziness, nausea and vomiting, migraines can result in lost days of work, affect work performance, restrict activities and disrupt relationships.

Tension headaches are much more common and usually occur with stress.  They can cause a dull, steady pain on both sides of the head, neck and shoulders.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many types of headaches because it can reduce inflammation, calm nervous tension, balance hormone levels and restore proper circulation to the head. Acupuncture often provides immediate relief for a headache in progress without any of the side effects associated with medication.

Self care for headaches and migraines

There are many kinds of headaches and most can be managed if not prevented with diet and lifestyle changes.


Certain foods trigger migraine attacks. Try eliminating culprits like cheese, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol from your diet and see what happens.

Stress management

At the first sign of a migraine, retreat from your usual activities if possible. Learn stress reduction techniques to calm yourself. Turn off the lights. Migraines often increase sensitivity to light and sound. Relax in a dark, quiet room. Sleep if you can.

Try temperature therapy.

Apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles; warm showers or baths may have a similar effect.

Massage painful areas.

Apply gentle pressure to your scalp or temples. Alleviate muscle tension with a shoulder or neck massage.

Exercise regularly

During physical activity, your body releases certain chemicals that block pain signals to your brain. These chemicals also help alleviate anxiety and depression, which can make migraines worse.

Regardless of which type of headache you suffer from, it can be eliminated or reduced in intensity and frequency quite easily with acupuncture. The WHO highly recommends acupuncture for headache pain.

Médecine Prévéntive, Uncategorized

5 Façons de Renforcer Votre Système Immunitaire

Acupuncture Mont-Tremblant

The English version of this post is here.

L’autome est arrivé et j’apprécie particulièrement ce temps de l’année où nous avons davantage le goût de cuisiner, humer l’odeur d’une bonne soupe qui mijote, entendre le chat ronronner et prendre le temps de nous arrêter ne serait-ce que quelques minutes.

C’est également un temps de l’année où parfois les rhumes et les grippes peuvent resurgir.  Il est donc important pour moi de vous rappeler qu’il serait tout à votre avantage de vous offrir une ou deux séances d’acupuncture. Vous pourriez  bénéficier des bienfaits de cette médecine préventive, sachant qu’elle exerce une influence positive toute en fortifiant votre système immunitaire.

Selon la tradition en médecine chinoise, les deux premières semaines du mois de novembre constituent la période la plus propice pour recevoir des traitements de ‘mise au point’.

Entre temps, voici quelques suggestions afin que vous conserviez votre système immunitaire en action!

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Alimentation, Uncategorized

5 Conseils Pour une Alimentation Saine

Acupuncture Mont-Tremblant

Mes patients sont souvent surpris d’apprendre qu’une consultation et un traitement peuvent impliquer des conseils nutritionnels. Bien souvent je découvre chez mes patients que le régime alimentaire peut effectivement contribuer à un problème de santé particulier. Alors que la diététique chinoise traditionnelle est fondée sur le respect des différences et des besoins individuels, je partager régulièrement les consignes suivantes pour aider mes patients à atteindre une santé optimale au travers une alimentation saine. Comme vous le verrez, c’est autant de la façon dont vous mangez que ce que vous mangez. Consultez un praticien de médecine chinoise qualifié avant d’apporter des changements radicaux à votre alimentation.


1. Buvez des liquides à la température ambiante ou chaude. Des boissons fraîches affaiblissent le système digestif, car l’estomac doit travailler plus fort pour réchauffer son contenu afin de le préparer pour la balance du processus de digestion. Certains signes d’un affaiblissement du système digestif…

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Nutrition, Uncategorized

Why That Green Smoothie May Not Be So Healthy For You


Green smoothies, a recent addition to the diet of many health conscious people is not all its cracked up to be.    This green health drink is usually a blend of fresh fruit and salad greens or other vegetables and has been gaining popularity especially among raw food advocates.  But people with a more liberal diet love them too; they’re often used as part of a spring cleanse and they can be a quick way to get your greens, kind of like a salad on the go.   While the morning green smoothie might be a better alternative to a coffee, fans of this drink, should be aware that it has certain health drawbacks.

Fad Versus Age Old Wisdom

According to Chinese medicine, which dates back 5,000 years or so, too many raw fruits and vegetables can harm the digestive system.  This basic health principal is actually documented here.   Ingesting too many smoothies, salads and fresh fruit often leads to bloating, cramping, gas and loose stools.   If symptoms like this continue for a long period of time, other health problems like fatigue,  lethargy, allergies and difficulty concentrating can set in.

Green Smoothie Mont-tremblant Style
Green Smoothie Mont-Tremblant Style

So if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you want to prevent any future problems with your digestion, lay off the smoothies and lightly cook your vegetables to give your digestive system a break.

Raw food purists argue that cooking denatures the nutritional value of food and even destroys digestive enzymes.  But if your digestion is at all weak,  all those great digestive enzymes from raw food will pass through the body unabsorbed anyway.