Acne is a disease that affects the skin's oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make an oily substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. Inside the follicles, oil carries dead
While Okanagan Acupuncture Centre has been in business for over 25 years, November 2013 marks the 5th anniversary of the clinic under James’ ownership. We can't believe how quickly these years have flown! We are proud of all the work, learning and growing we have done, and grateful to have met
Anxiety is defined as a vague, uneasy feeling, with its source unknown or non-specific to an individual. The uneasy feeling is mainly associated with anticipation of danger and dread to a level that the normal body functioning is impaired. The anticipation is normally accompanied by factors such as tension, restlessness,
Originating from China, acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years and today this therapy is a widely practiced and accepted form of complementary medicine. It was a Dutch doctor who first introduced this kind of treatment in 1683 after he spent a number of years in Nagasaki, Japan, and
A hormonal imbalance occurs when there is too much estrogen relative to progesterone in a woman's body, also referred to as estrogen dominance. In a normal cycle, estrogen and progesterone hormones work together to maintain a woman’s menstrual cycle, each playing an important role. When a hormone balance occurs and estrogen
Acupuncture is a very old Chinese medical treatment which has been used for more than 2,000 years. Acupuncture therapy today is used by practitioners in mainstream medicine to complement treatment courses for patients who are suffering from over 40 different medical conditions. There are numerous benefits of this type of
It’s one of the most common questions acupuncturists are asked during an acupuncture treatment. The answers give insight into the fascinating theory of Chinese medicine and how acupuncture works.
Zu San Li (zoo san lee) is located about three inches below the knee on the outside of the shin bone. Most people who’ve had acupuncture are familiar with this point because it is used to treat so many different conditions. In fact, it is considered one of the most vital acupuncture points because of its wide range of effects on the body.
- strengthen the spleen and stomach to treat a wide range of digestive disorders
- resolve dampness that can cause both digestive problems and mental disorders
- support and build qi to encourage health and vitality
- clear fire and calm the spirit to balance emotions, and treat anxiety and mood disorders
- activate the channels and alleviate pain by encouraging circulation when there are blockages
- treat digestive problems, emotional disorders, pain and injuries, as well as dizziness, tinnitus, heart palpitations, headaches, and high blood pressure
|One reason is its location on the stomach meridian, the meridian with the most qi and blood. Points on the stomach meridian, particularly Zu San Li, can influence the entire body and bolster the effectiveness of a treatment.|
|Our ability to process food plays a foundational role in our health and the strength of our digestive system can determine how quickly we recover from an illness or ailment. Indeed this meridian can sustain life. The stomach meridian travels up the chest and through the center of the breast and is the channel that provides nutrients and sustenance during breastfeeding.|
|Zu San Li is among the most important acupuncture points because of its ability to support the body’s qi and maintain our health and vitality as we age. Many classical textbooks of Chinese medicine recommend stimulating this point regularly for health and vitality, particularly after the age of 30. Its profound strengthening effect can help build the body’s qi energy as it declines naturally with age.|
You can tap into the benefits of Zu San Li by stimulating the point using daily acupressure. To find it, measure three inches down from the dimple below your kneecap and one finger’s width away from your shin bone to the outside of the leg. Apply firm pressure for one to two minutes. Stimulating this point daily can help to maintain the body's overall health and balance.
An acupuncturist looks at the health of the body as a whole, diagnosing which areas are not functioning at a normal, healthy state and how this influences the health of the rest of the body. Typically an acupuncturist will talk in terms of imbalances or blockages in the body’s normal flow of energy, and uses acupuncture to influence this flow of energy in order to promote healing and resolve the problem.
There are many modern theories about how acupuncture works on the body, but the truth is that it is still not fully understood. Research shows that acupuncture has various physiological effects on the body, including:
- stimulating the secretion of neurotransmitters such as endorphins to influence the immune system
- normalizing the autonomic nervous system and reducing pain
- influencing the electrical system of the body to facilitate healing between normal and injured tissues
- affecting the blood concentration of blood components such as cholesterol and triglycerides, to promote homeostasis
Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is located downtown Kelowna at 1625 Ellis St.
Acupuncture usually doesn't hurt much at all. Acupuncture needles are very small and fine- about the thickness of a cat’s whisker and typically you will not notice the needles being inserted. Depending on the area of the body and the person, you may experience minor discomfort when the needle is first inserted, a feeling like a bee sting or a pinch. However, a skilled acupuncturist is very good at gentle insertion and minimizing discomfort. Acupuncture can be a deeply relaxing, pleasant experience and some of us even use the treatment time as an opportunity for napping!
Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is located downtown Kelowna at 1625 Ellis St.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile, disposable needles into various points on the body. Acupuncturists do this to influence the flow of energy, stimulate the body’s healing response, and restore normal functions of the body. Acupuncture is based on the premise that our bodies have a self-healing ability- acupuncture reminds the body of what it already knows but has forgotten: how to heal itself. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid, and effective form of health care because of one fact- it works!
Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is located downtown Kelowna at 1625 Ellis St.
Bob came in complaining about back pain that started in his lower back and radiated down his legs. At 63 years old, Bob's pain was so acute he was forced to give up golf; a game he loved and had hoped to spend his retirement enjoying. Bob told me he had difficulty sleeping and was taking medication every day to deal with the pain. In the past Bob had had neck surgery and back surgery on two separate occasions in an attempt to resolve his back problems but nothing had helped. Read more...
Sharon came in complaining about chronic fatigue and low energy. The 58-year-old had been experiencing menopausal symptoms for the past three years and reported having trouble falling and staying asleep. She was also having night sweats and hot flashes that interfered with her sleep. Read more...
Approximately ten years ago I became a patient of the Okanagan Acupuncture Centre. I have Muscular Dystrophy, and along with that I developed a neuropathy in my lower limbs which causes severe pain. Within a matter of five treatments I was pain free.
Every two to three years I go back when the pain starts again. I highly recommend when anyone is having difficulty with the health to try acupuncture. What have you to lose but the pain!
-Diane, Kelowna BC
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
Rob came in to see us as a last resort. For years, he’d been dealing with chronic pain related to hip, back, and leg injuries sustained during a serious accident over 15 years ago and his problem seemed to be getting worse. At 43 years old, he was unable to work, had trouble standing, and was in constant pain. He also reported having low energy, depression, and sleep and anxiety issues. Read more
What to do with early season rhubarb? Make rhubarb crisp of course! Combining rhubarb with local cherries for sweetness allows you to cut back on sugar in this healthy, whole grain dessert. Living in Kelowna where cherries are plentiful and inexpensive, I always like to pit and freeze cherries in small freezer bags for jams, porridges, crisps in the winter months and even smoothies in the spring. An added bonus, cherries are a great source of healthy antioxidants! This recipe is easy enough even for novice bakers, and always impresses the company! And yes, you can always use strawberries in place of the cherries. Enjoy! ~Jenn
6 cups chopped rhubarb (1" pieces)
3 cups pitted sweet cherries, cut in half (or strawberries!)
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp flour (whole wheat is fine)
1/16 tsp or a pinch salt
3/4 cup unrefined sugar
Mix the filling ingredients and pour into an 8x11 pyrex baking dish, or something of similar size.
Notes: Any less cherries (ie. full rhubarb) would probably require a full 1 cup sugar. I tend to bake on the less-sweet side so I wouldn't cut the sugar back any more, unless you increase the ratio of cherries to rhubarb. Those with a sweeter tooth than mine can always drizzle a bit of maple syrup on their crisp before eating!
3/4 cups whole wheat flour (you could also use spelt flour or oat flour if you prefer)
3/4 cups old fashioned or quick oats (either is fine!)
1/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/2 cup unrefined sugar (if you are using a sugar that is fairly coarse, blend it into a finer powder in a food processor)
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup walnuts or almonds, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup cold butter
1/4 cup oil (I like grapeseed or canola)
Mix flour, oats, salt, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder in a bowl. Oil makes an easy replacement for half of the butter in this recipe, drizzle it over the mixture and work it into the flour with your hands or a fork until it is crumbly just like cutting in butter. Chop butter into smaller pieces (or even easier, keep your butter in the freezer and grate it in with a coarse grater when needed) and add to mixture, cutting in with knives or a pastry cutter. Mix in nuts. Spread topping over the fruit mixture.
Bake at 350F for one hour with a baking sheet underneath just in case. It's done when it's bubbling merrily and the topping has browned. Leave out to cool for about half an hour and then... dig in! If you find this a bit tart, drizzle with 1 tablespoon or so of maple syrup.
The hypochondrial region of the body is the area along the sides of the ribcage. When there is pain in the side area of the ribs, whether on one side or both, it is referred to as hypochondrial pain. In Western medicine, hypochondrial pain can be very puzzling. In Chinese Medicine, the liver meridian pathway travels bilaterally through the rib cage
Menorrhagia is the medical term for menstrual periods in which bleeding is abnormally heavy or prolonged. The cause for menorrhagia is not clear. Most women with menorrhagia report regular periods and have been shown to have normal estrogen and progesterone levels.
Perimenopause, also called the menopausal transition, is the natural shift in a woman’s reproductive cycle toward menopause, or ceasing of the cycle. When a woman has gone through 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, she is considered to have reached menopause, and the perimenopause period is over.
Pam is a fit woman who came to our clinic complaining of severe hip pain that traveled through her left buttock, into her hip, and down the back of her leg (often termed "sciatica"). The pain began after a skiing accident in the fall and although she’d tried physiotherapy and chiropractic for three months, she experienced little to no relief. She also reported trouble sitting, sleeping and enjoying activities she once loved, including running. Read more...
Rick is an active 42-year-old-man who came to us a few years ago complaining of allergy symptoms that kept him from enjoying the outdoor activities he loved. Rick was using over-the-counter medication to treat his symptoms, but found they were ineffective or produced side effects that were nearly as bad as the allergy symptoms themselves. Read more
Green tea is becoming increasingly popular not only as an alternative to coffee but also as a healthy addition to our daily diet. Green tea has an incredible list of health benefits, confirmed by thousands of research studies and it is a great source of antioxidants.
A particular favourite of ours here at Okanagan Acupuncture Centre is a type of oolong tea called Ti Guan Yin. Oolong teas are green teas that are specially processed to bring out unique flavours and properties. This process involves withering the green tea leaves under the strong sun and then tossing and drying the leaves to promote partial fermentation and oxidation. Finally, the leaves are hand-rolled and twisted into long, curly leaves or small beads. Ti Guan Yin is a premium oolong tea and one of the most prized varieties in China, fetching some of the top prices. It has a bright green color, a strong natural aroma, and an unforgettable sweetness that is appealing even to those who do not normally prefer green tea.
This combination of delicate flavour and incredible health benefits makes Ti Guan Yin an excellent choice of green tea. As a premium tea, its high quality ensures that you are getting the best health benefits that oolong tea has to offer. And those health benefits are numerous:
Cardiovascular health: Studies have shown that green tea may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lowers blood pressure, and reduces cholesterol. Pretty amazing!
Fat burner: Green tea boosts our bodies’ fat oxidation ability. One study showed a 17% increase in fat oxidation! Green tea may also improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, making it useful for people dealing with diabetes or prediabetes.
Immune booster: Studies indicate that green tea can boost the immune system and suppress autoimmune disorders. Green tea also has an anti-bacterial effect that promotes fresh breath, healthy teeth, and prevents cavities. Furthermore, green tea's immune boosting abilities may have a wide range of benefit for everything from parasites to HIV.
Cancer Prevention: Various studies suggest that green tea may reduce the risk of certain cancers and block tumour growth. Green tea is also a powerful antioxidant, important in cancer and disease prevention and anti-aging.
Mental booster: Consuming green tea can help improve cognitive function and may help repair damaged neurons and prevent neurons from dying. Studies are exploring how these benefits may help those suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
The list of health benefits is being added to all the time as research continues to validate green tea’s abilities to improve health and wellbeing. From glaucoma, allergies, and arthritis to stress, depression, skin conditions and radiation recovery, green tea’s benefits have far-reaching implications for our health!
James Kaufman is a Registered Acupuncturist at Okanagan Acupuncture Centre, 1625 Ellis St, downtown Kelowna. He may be reached at www.okanaganacupuncture.com.
Frank is a 45-year-old patient of ours who recently came in for sciatica problems so severe he was bedridden, barely able to walk, and taking Tylenol 3s for the pain. No specific injury had occurred to trigger the condition, however Frank said he’d experienced back pain on and off for nine years. This recent flare up had gone on for two weeks and showed no signs of improving. Read more...
Spring is the time of birth, when the earth’s energies begin to awaken and we see the signs of new growth around us. Yang influences are being reborn in nature and in the body and as a result our energy becomes more active and begins to ascend.
Develop Balance and Express Emotions
Spring is the best time of year to develop balance. Emotionally, spring awakens desire, which should be open and unsuppressed. Because the yang qi of the liver is pushing upward and outward, it is common to feel and express anger in spring.
Increase Exercise and Time Outdoors
In exercise and activity, it is a good idea to take brisk walks and hikes to loosen the tendons and use the yang energy that is rising. We should begin to increase our exercise, with more stretching. Begin to rise earlier and retire early, and spend time outside to get fresh air. Wear loose clothing.
Food in spring should emphasize the sweet and pungent flavours, for their rising and expansive qualities. Avoid excess salt, ts strong descending nature is opposite to the energies of spring. The diet should be light in amount and concentration, emphasizing young plants like greens and sprouts, as these foods cleanse the body of the effects of the heavier foods of winter. Springtime diet should be the lightest of the year.
Stay in Tune with the Seasons
By eating fresh, light foods and emphasizing vegetables in our spring diet (vegetables are natural detoxifiers) and by getting brisk exercise and fresh air, we can ensure our habits are in harmony with the seasons. Chinese medicine emphasizes harmony with the seasons as a way to promote health and longevity, boost the immune system, and to prevent or minimize seasonal ailments.
Okanagan Acupuncture Centre specializes in acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Contact us at our downtown Kelowna location to find out more.
Sports injuries are injuries that occur in athletic activities. Some sports injuries result from accidents; others are due to poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm up and stretching. Many sports injuries can be due to overuse of a part of the body when participating in an activity. Other types of injuries can be caused by hard contact with something. Sports injuries typically involve the musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, bones, and associated tissues like cartilage.
Anyone who suffers from headaches or migraines knows how debilitating they can be. Take Amy, a 22-year-old student whose headaches were so severe she could no longer attend classes. When Amy came into our office her energy was low and she was clearly defeated by her headaches, which came as a sharp, stabbing pain in her temples accompanied by a severe sensitivity to light. Read more...
Bed-wetting, or involuntary nighttime urination, is a common occurrence for many children. It’s often simply a developmental stage, though an embarrassing one. It is most common for children under the age of 6 or 7, and most will outgrow it beyond this age. Between ages 8 and 11, fewer than 5% of children continue to have a problem with bed-wetting. It’s generally not a cause for concern because nighttime bladder control may not yet be established.
Of all the joints in the body the jaw joints or TMJ’s ( temporo-mandibular joints) are the only ones that move simultaneously. This creates problems that are unique to the jaw area. TMJ disorders can occur when the disc erodes or moves out of its proper alignment, the joint’s cartilage is damaged by arthritis, the joint is damaged by a blow, or the joint muscles become fatigued from overwork.
Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when the blood vessels or nerves in the thoracic outlet (the space just under the collarbone) become compressed. This can cause pain in the shoulders and neck and numbness in the fingers. The symptoms vary depending on whether it is the nerves or the blood vessels that are affected. When the nerves are compressed, symptoms usually include numbness or tingling in the fingers, pain in the shoulder and neck, ache in the arm or hand, and weakened grip.
I would like to thank you for the relief you have given me. I suffered a calf, Soleus and Achilles tendon injury as a result of my training for the Half Iron. One of my training partners said that he had experienced the same injury and it took him a year to recover.
When I came to see you I expected that I would have a long and arduous road back to training. Truthfully, I thought that I could scrap my aspirations of a June Half Iron.
Well,with two treatments and a few for good measure I can tell you I am back in the race and feeling confident that I will compete (might be participate). It is a tremendous relief from a pain and emotional point of view.
I can’t thank you enough for your support.
-Desmond Regier, Kelowna BC
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
Chinese medicine (TCM) involves many aspects, not only acupuncture and herbal medicine. In fact, TCM considers diet the first line of defense and treatment in health matters, and acupuncture and herbal medicine are only considered if diet alone cannot resolve a condition.
A proper diet can improve the results of acupuncture treatment and medicinal herbs. Here are some basic guidelines for a health-promoting diet from a TCM perspective.
Foods to Avoid:
Dairy products: (milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt) Dairy products are considered very damp, heavy, cold foods that slow and weaken digestion when eaten excessively. Dairy products have very concentrated properties, so a little bit goes a long way in their effect on the body. This is why Chinese medicine recommends they be eaten in small quantities. For people with damp or phlegm conditions such as allergies, asthma, and sinusitis, dairy foods are usually best avoided entirely.
Cold foods and liquids: Cold foods are very hard on the stomach and they weaken the stomach’s ability to warm and cook the food to begin the process of digestion. Foods should be eaten warm or at room temperature, never cold straight out of the fridge. Water, juices, and teas should be consumed warm or at room temperature, never cold. Think of the stomach as a hot pot cooking on the stove- dousing it with cold foods or liquids can put out the flame.
Greasy, oily, fatty, or deep-fried foods: Excessively oily foods are very heavy and slow to digest, which can weaken digestion. Again, these are heavy foods that are very concentrated in their properties and effects on the body and a little bit can have a big effect on our health and digestion. Not only that, but a large quantity is just too difficult to digest at once.
Overly rich foods: These foods tend to be too heavy and slow to digest properly. Examples are creamy cheese pastas or butter sauces. Like fatty foods, large quantities are just too difficult for our digestive system to process.
Coffee: Coffee can be very hard on the stomach as well as the liver. It is also a stimulant and can throw off the body’s natural ability to regulate energy and metabolism. Black or green tea is an appropriate substitute.
A healthy diet is one that includes a variety of wholesome foods. Variety is very important, as eating too much of one flavour or one food can lead to imbalances in the body. Try to incorporate as much variety as possible in your choice of flavours, grains, vegetables, fruits, etc.
Incorporating a balance of all flavours into the diet is also important. Food should be mainly quite neutral or bland in flavour with some spices and flavourings to add interest. Avoid overly flavouring foods with condiments, salt, and spices. Moderation is key! Anything in excess can be unhealthy.
Be sure to include plenty of fruits vegetables in your daily diet. Fruits and vegetables have their own healing abilities, are rich in antioxidants, and help the body to detoxify. Some amount of raw vegetables should be eaten daily, except when recovering from illness (including colds and flu) or if you have a weak or frail constitution. In these cases, cooked foods and vegetables (soups, stews) help nourish the body back to health.
The body handles meat protein best in small quantities. Begin to think of meat as an accent, not the centerpiece in any meal.
Eat seasonal. Our bodies are attuned to seasonal changes and eating the foods that are naturally in season help us to transition with the changing seasons. Salads and raw foods can be increased in the summer; in the winter, cooked foods and heartier stews and soups are appropriate.
Drink water! Water helps our body to function properly and to flush out toxins when healing. Our body can't perform or heal properly if we aren't properly hydrated.
Make Okanagan Acupuncture Centre a part of your health team! Call or visit our downtown Kelowna location for more information. Contact us.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern, starting in the fall and continuing through the winter, sapping energy and making a person feel moody. Symptoms can include depression, changes in appetite (in particular a craving for sweet or starchy foods), weight gain, decreased energy, fatigue, a tendency to oversleep, difficulty concentrating, irritability, avoidance of social situations, feelings of anxiety and despair, loss of interest in activities, and a heavy or leaden feeling in the arms and legs.
Surgery is a powerful tool in the modern medical tool kit and is used today in a wide range of applications. Surgery for musculoskeletal conditions is called orthopedic surgery, and is used to treat musculoskeletal trauma, degenerative diseases, sports injuries, infections, tumours, and congenital disorders (disorders we are born with). With surgery comes certain post-operative side effects and risks.
Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes spontaneous episodes of vertigo along with fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear. In most cases, Meniere's disease will affect only one ear. The cause of Meniere's disease isn't well understood but is believed to be closely tied to the fluid in the inner ear.
Depression, also called major depression, major depressive disorder and clinical depression, is a medical illness that involves the mind and body, affecting how a person feels, thinks and behaves. It is characterized by low moods and a loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities. About 16% of adults in Canada will experience depression at some point in their lives.
A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary spasm or contraction of one or more of the muscles in the body, causing a sudden, sharp muscle pain. You may be able to feel or see a hard lump of muscle tissue beneath the skin. Muscle cramps often occur in the legs. Nocturnal cramps that occur in the calf muscles or toes during sleep are also common. Though generally harmless, muscle cramps can make it temporarily impossible to use the affected muscle.
It is estimated that 40% of Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that survival rates are improving thanks to improvements in cancer screening and cancer treatment. Cancer is not a death sentence, but it is a life-changing experience.
I've suffered from allergies for a long time, after becoming frustrated with the 'off-the-shelf type products' I thought I'd try a natural alternative. From the initial contact with Okanagan Acupuncture I was impressed with their thoroughness in answering my questions and alleviating any concerns.
After 2 treatments my symptoms have decreased significantly and I'm optimistic that the results will continue.I'm confident in recommending OAC to anyone suffering from seasonal allergies, especially to anyone who has tried every available drugstore type anti allergy product and become frustrated with diminishing results.
-David, Peachland, BC
*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.
Indigestion, also called dyspepsia or upset stomach, is not a disease but rather a collection of symptoms that cause discomfort in the upper abdomen. Most people suffering from indigestion have one or more of the common symptoms: nausea, bloating, belching, a sensation of pain, heat, or burning in the upper abdomen, or feeling full early on in a meal or an uncomfortable fullness after a meal that lasts longer than it should.
Shift work refers to both long-term night shifts and work schedules where employees change or rotate shifts between daytime and evening or night schedules. Shift work is a reality for about 25 percent of the North American working population. Shift work causes at least some disruption to their family and personal life and some degree of negative health symptoms including insomnia, chronic fatigue and gastrointestinal disorders.