Acupuncture

Acupuncture Mont Tremblant Celebrates it’s Fifth Anniversary!

09, 2014 mock up ad info du nord   I am thrilled to announce that Acupuncture Mont Tremblant is turning 5 years old!   Acupuncture Mont Tremblant has also grown in terms of therapists and services offered!  Please welcome Acupuncturist, Christopher Garbrecht and Naturopath, Dani Chenier to our clinic! Together we’ve created a health team to better meet your needs!

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Conditions, Infertility

INFERTILITY

If getting pregnant has been a challenge for you and your partner, you are not alone. Sixteen percent of Canadian couples are considered infertile.  Fertility problems are usually diagnosed after a couple has been unsuccessful after a year of trying to get pregnant.

Common diagnoses that are treatable with acupuncture include endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, blocked fallopian tube(s), frequent miscarriage, fibroids, irregular menstruation, anovulation and even unexplained infertility.

Acupuncture can increase fertility by reducing stress, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing the endocrine system.  Acupuncture is a safe, painless treatment that has no side effects and can be administered even if the patient is on fertility medication.  Acupuncture can actually increase in-vitro fertilization success rates by 42% and can also address male infertility by improving sperm count and motility.

Whether you wish to conceive naturally or via reproductive assistance, acupuncture can greatly help you achieve your dream of becoming a parent.

Conditions de Santé, Français

LES ALLERGIES ET VOTRE SYSTÈME IMMUNITAIRE


ImageSi vous souffrez d’allergies saisonnières ou annuelles, l’acupuncture peut être la solution qui vous permet de respirer à l’aise et profiter du plein air.

Les démangeaisons aux yeux, au nez, et à la gorge, la congestion nasale, les éternuements, et les problèmes respiratoires sont les symptômes d’allergies. 

Les réactions allergiques se produisent lorsque le système immunitaire lance une attaque contre les substances autrement inoffensives, comme les pollens, l’herbe à poux, la poussière, les acariens et les poils d’animaux.
Le système immunitaire lui-même est souvent affaibli par le stress, la fatigue, une mauvaise alimentation et le manque d’exercice physique. L’acupuncture peut être un moyen très efficace de contrôler les allergies, car il non seulement renforce le système immunitaire, mais traite également les facteurs menant à son état de faiblesse. En fait, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) recommande vivement l’acupuncture pour la réduction et la résolution des allergies.

Cliquez ici pour des conseils sur la façon de traiter les allergies naturellement!

Gluten-Free, RECIPES

Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce

My sister loves to cook and loves to write about cooking and it looks like I do too! Over the years, we’ve exchanged dozens of recipes, as sisters are apt to do.  I visited her recently at her home in Arizona where we had a cook-off and I showed her how I make spring rolls.  I sometimes make them with tuna, mayo, dried cranberries and lettuce but this is my vegetarian version. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did after our hike in Sedona!

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Spring Rolls and Peanut Sauce
INGREDIENTS

1 package of Spring Roll Wrappers – made with rice

Fresh Veggies: (carrots, red peppers, zucchini)
Fresh cilantro sprigs
Spring mix lettuce

Slice vegetables into narrow 3 inch long pieces.  Fill a large bowl with warm water.  Dunk a wrapper sheet in the water for about 15 seconds and lay on a clean flat surface. On the wet wrap, place a handful of veggies, a sprig of cilantro and some of the lettuce then roll together, tucking in edges of wrapper as you go.   There are many variations of these rolls so go ahead and use your imagination.  Make as many as you wish. Devour with peanut sauce!

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A little jet-lagged but loving being in my sister’s kitchen!

 Peanut Sauce

1/3 C Peanut Butter

1/4 C Maple Syrup or Honey

1/4 C Sesame Oil

1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar (or use orange juice or regular vinegar)

1 Tsp Ginger Powder (optional)

Whisk to combine and use as a dip for your spring rolls!
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***A few friends have been asking about where to find the spring roll wrappers. Look for these at any grocery store – usually in the Chinese food section.
Gluten-Free, RECIPES, Uncategorized, Vibrational cooking

SUMMER SALSA!

I love to cook but when summer rolls around I prefer to spend more time outdoors and less in the kitchen. This season’s recipe will free you from the stove without sacrificing nutrition.

In Chinese Medicine, we discourage the the consumption of too many raw foods as they can pose digestive problems for some people. In the summer heat, however, our systems can better handle the digestive requirements of some raw vegetables including the tomato which relieves dryness and thirst, builds yin fluids, purifies the blood and detoxifies the body in general.

What makes this condiment recipe all that much more special is the fact that one of my patients shared it with me. Thank- you Karine!

Summer Salsa

6 ripe, Italian tomatoes, diced or pulsed in the food processor for a few seconds.

1 can of pitted, black olives, chopped

3 strands of garlic flowers or 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped. (Garlic flowers are pictured below.)

Garlic Flowers

1 -2 tbs small capers

Add the following herbs to taste: Coriander, basil, thyme

Juice of ½ lime and or lemon

Toss all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and serve with wheat-free crackers or as an accompaniment to whitefish!

RECIPES, Vibrational cooking

Black Bean Soup

This recipe is an excerpt from my winter newsletter.  This issue is all about self-care for Kidney energy, which is most vulnerable during the cold winter weather.

Black Bean Soup

This tasty and comforting soup is easy to prepare and can almost satisfy as a main course!
Black beans are full of protein and are warming in nature.  In Chinese Medicine they are beneficial to the kidneys and to our reproductive functions.  A small amount of seaweed supplies the salty flavour needed to stimulate Kidney energy.  I stew my own tomatoes and soak the beans overnight but canned tomato soup and canned black beans can be substituted in order to save time.

Ingredients 
2 Onions, chopped
I Cup mushrooms, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Cup dried black beans, soaked overnight, rinsed, cooked  until tender- (30 mins) and drained
1-2 Liters chicken broth or vegetable broth
¾ Cup stewed tomatoes
Small piece of dried seaweed
Optional: Worcestershire sauce, Chili sauce or Curry paste, adjust to taste.
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In saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions, mushrooms andgarlic in quality oil.  Transfer to food processor and add cooked beans.  Purée mixture and return to saucepan.  Stir in broth, seaweed and tomatoes.
Simmer until some of the liquid evaporates, (about 30 mins).
Can be eaten immediately but flavours are enhanced if soup is refrigerated and eaten the next day.  Makes 4-6 servings.
Enjoy!

Acupuncture, Français, Médecine Prévéntive

Réglage du Primtemps

Early Spring
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Bonjour!   Ceci est un petit rappel pour tous ceux qui veulent se préparer pour la saison de printemps, dites, la saison des rhumes et des grippes.

L’acupuncture est une médecine de prévention, et exerce une influence positive sur le système immunitaire.  Un ou deux traitements vous aideront à mieux adapter aux changements atmosphériques de chaque saison.

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

SVP contactez-moi pour réservez votre place. (819) 681-8228

À bientôt!



Nutrition

5 Tips to Improve The WAY You Eat

I admire people who keep themselves organized by creating helpful lists- be it a grocery list, a weekly ‘to do’ list or an outline for long term goals and projects. While I sometimes create various lists for myself, there is one list I often jot down for my patients who require nutritional advice along with acupuncture.

While Traditional Chinese Medical dietetics is based on respecting individual differences and needs, the following list provides general guidelines to healthy eating. Consult a qualified practitioner before making any drastic changes to your diet.

1) Drink either warm or room temperature liquids. Cold drinks weaken the digestive system because the stomach has to work harder to reheat its contents so as to prepare it for the rest of the digestive process.

2) For the same reason as above, try to prepare warm meals and limit intake of raw, cold foods.  Opt for steam and stir-fry cooking methods more often.

3) Cut back on dairy. For many people, too much dairy can exacerbate the symptoms of mucus forming conditions such frequent common colds, allergies, sinus problems, colon trouble, etc.  Maintain proper calcium levels, however.

4) It seems like a “no brainer” to say eat 3 meals a day (yes, especially breakfast), but I encounter so many people who do not.   Skipping meals often results in fatigue and headaches.

5) Eat with an awareness as to the atmosphere in which you take your meals.  Arrange to eat in peaceful surroundings and avoid discussing business or any other topic that may engender emotional tension. Please turn the TV off and allow your body to concentrate on doing its job of properly assimilating  your food.  Rushing or EWD, (eating while driving),  reading or studying while eating can all contribute to heartburn and eventual weakening of your digestive system.

Eating should be a pleasure, a time devoted to consciously nourishing our bodies with foods that enhance our health.  Make proper eating a priority on YOUR ‘to do’ list.

Bon Appetit!

Cold Prevention, Preventive Medicine

Help Your Immune System Roll with the Seasons

As I write this, we in the Mont-Tremblant region are getting our second dose of serious snow for the season.  The skier in me rejoices at the prospect of 20 cm more of the good stuff and the acupuncturist in me says, “It’s time to remind my patients that acupuncture is preventive medicine”.  Indeed, it feels as though we are in the middle of winter but the forecast for the next few days reminds us spring is only a few weeks away.

As the seasons change, our bodies are required to meet the demands of atmospheric shifts and radical fluctuations in temperature.  On their own, weather patterns pose no problem to one’s health but in combination with overwork, poor nutrition, and ever-climbing levels of stress, the change in seasons can actually deliver a knock-out punch to your immune system.  This is why many of us get sick in the spring (as well as the fall) with the flu.

Actually, there is a lot you can do on your own to stay out of the emergency clinics and doctor’s offices.  Some basic guidelines are:

Remember to wash your hands frequently.

Be vigilant about your diet.  Cut down on sugar, a known immune system suppressor, and spend time in the kitchen simmering healthy, homemade soups and stews.

Stay active but avoid exhausting yourself with exercise.

Perhaps one of the most important ways to protect yourself from cold and flu attacks has to do with your ability to cope with stress.  Seriously consider your stress levels as research over the past 30 years has demonstrated a link between chronic stress and suppression of the immune system.   Learn and practice restorative yoga, meditation or Qi Gong, an ancient self healing system, or just make a habit of taking a few moments for yourself to recharge and simply breathe.

Because acupuncture can soothe jagged nerves and fortify and balance the immune system, it is an excellent way to prepare for the changes that any new season brings.  Usually one or two treatments suffice.  The patients I treat often tell me they remain untouched by colds and flu unlike their untreated family members and co-workers who sometimes endure complications such as asthma attacks, or long lasting fatigue and general lack of energy.

The weather forecast for Mont-Tremblant this week predicts a temperature fluctuation of 20 degrees difference between Tuesday evening, and Wednesday afternoon!  Is your immune system ready?

Preventive Medicine, Uncategorized

Meditation is Medicine

Apart from living my passion as an acupuncturist, I also began offerring weekly meditation sessions in the St-Jovite/ Mt Tremblant area.

The type of meditation practiced is based on the Mindfulness Meditation format, popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the doctor who brought the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program into hospitals across North America.  This program has been studied and proven effective in reducing chronic pain and anxiety.

Why Meditate?

I believe there are as many reasons to meditate as there are people who practice. Meditation, at its very basic level, provides us with a way of coping with stress. Because stress contributes to the presence of so many illnesses and because it exacerbates chronic pain and anxiety, the regular practice of meditation has proven to be a worthwhile activity.

If you have hesitated at getting involved in a meditation group because you feel it might be “out there”, or “woo-woo”, I am here to tell you that the practice has gone main steam and, at least as far as the groups I have conducted, the focus is on breath work and body awareness.

This means that we mindfully bring our attention to our breathing while training ourselves to concentrate on what is actually going on at the physical level.   Once we practice conscious breathing, many changes quickly begin to take place.  We see a slowing of the pulse, a reduction of muscle tension, and a general calming of the nervous system. Because the practice of mindfulness involves being present with what is, participants also note the cessation of the usual mind chatter allowing for moments of mental clarity.

After only a few sessions together, the participants in my class reported significant changes in their health.  Those who are taking the time to practice in between classes are now enjoying deeper sleep, less digestive complaints, and a reduction in acid reflux, menstrual cramps, and tension headaches.

Acupuncturists routinely treat people for all of the above health issues because acupuncture accesses and influences the nervous system and provides wonderful results.  I recommend meditation as an adjunct to any health treatment, because it provides people who are ready to take control of their well-being with an ongoing way to handle stress and enjoy life!

You can always reach me for acupuncture treatments at (819) 681-8228 or visit my website at www.acupuncturemonttremblant.com