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Time For A Reset

If it feels like you’re going through a transition right now you are.

With all the yang energy of summer we run on a natural high, but as light and heat of summer gives way to fall’s cooler temperatures and diminishing daylight your body goes through a period of adjustment. You may find yourself sleeping longer hours, craving warmer cooked foods and maybe feeling a little bit down or melancholy.   

Strengthening Your Immune System

In Chinese medicine, autumn is associated with metal and the lungs.  Because the lungs are the most exterior organs in the body, they are the most susceptible to getting sick.  Viruses and bacteria enter into the lung system via skin, mouth, nasal passages, so strengthening your lungs and enhancing your immune system becomes key to staying healthy.

Sipping this tea throughout the day can help boost your immune system.

Immune Boosting Tea

  • 2 slices of fresh ginger
  • ½ stick cinnamon
  • Six cups boiled hot water
  • Steep for one hour

Strengthening Your Lungs

Autumn is also a dryer, windier time of year.  Seasonal allergies tend to flair up triggered by leaf mold. The dry heat in your home can further irritate the lungs. This dryness can cause the lungs to feel irritated leading to coughs and dry phlegm caught in your throat. 

Adding these foods can help nourish and moisten the lungs:

  • Pears, apples, sweet potato, honey, carrot ginger soups – soups and stews are always good for your lungs as they are moistening.

Re-Balance Your Body With Acupuncture

One of the most effective ways to help your body adjust to the changing seasons is through acupuncture.  Acupuncture naturally regulates the flow of qi or energy in your body. It can help strengthen your lungs and immune system.   It can also help release trapped energy – energy that can lead to pain, depression or lethargy.

If you are curious and would like to learn more about the restorative power of acupuncture book yourself in for a consultation. 

Julie Nelson  R.TCMP

Curious About Cupping???

The acupuncture team at Qi Integrated Health will be presenting and demonstrating the benefits of cupping.  You will also receive a 15 minute cupping treatment.

Details: Sunday May 27th 2-4pm 

Call 604-742-8383 to register space is limited.

Cost $25

Spring Into Health






If you’ve been experiencing:

  • Throbbing headaches
  • Migraines starting behind your eyes
  • Increased neck & shoulder pain
  • Severe PMS and menstrual pain
  • Digestion upset – gas & bloating

Then you may have liver qi stagnation. The liver and gall bladder are the organs most energized in the spring. These organs are responsible for the movement of Qi in the body.

If you’re out of balance then these symptoms may become worse because spring energy is expansive – upward and outwards.

To find out how Chinese Medicine can help regulate and soothe the flow of Qi in your body – I will be giving at talk at Qi Integrated Health on Wednesday April 11th starting at 7 pm  explaining  how to relieve these symptoms with diet, lifestyle, exercises and Chinese Medicine.

Qi Integrated Health 7464 West 7th Ave.

Registration is free call 604-742-8383 to reserve your spot

Acupuncture for Broken Hearts

Emotional shocks and the ensuing sadness from the break-up of a relationship are common causes of Heart-Yin deficiency. This condition is made even worse if one is older, or if the relationship has been going on for a long time and and has worn a person down.

Some of the physical manifestations are:

  • mental restlessness, anxiety
  • insomnia – waking up several times during the night
  • dream disturbed sleep
  • poor memory
  • a feeling of heat at night or night sweats

Acupuncture and chinese herbs actually help to calm one’s mind, nourish the heart yin and generally bring the body back into balance. It also releases stuck energy in the heart channel.

I often tell patients the needles help bring emotions up and out – no one wants to feel emotional pain, but by denying it, one prolongs the grieving and healing process.  It may be painful, but there is a beginning and a end.  Acupuncture can help ease the pain and provide comfort during this rough time.

For other tips on how acupuncture helps a broken heart Jill Harrison L.Ac., D.O.A.M., has some excellent advice.  https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/how-acupuncture-can-help-soothe-emotional-distress

I Have Only One New Year’s Resolution

I have only one New Year’s Resolution and it may be the hardest challenge I have ever issued myself, but I know if I do it I will transform myself and those around me.


If I can consciously set this intention  Think Be Act Positive everyday, I know I will change the entire trajectory of my life.  I am in the midst of some major life changes.  The kind that involves lawyers, real estate agents, tax accountants and separation agreements.  I also know that what I focus on gets a whole lot bigger.

If I let that first negative thought in – that is where I will spend the rest of my day  – parked in a negative loop of resentment.  Every word spoken will travel through that dark ugly tunnel of negativity. It reminds me of the Cherokee legend of the old grandfather talking to his grandson about the two wolves that live inside him – the dark negative one and the light positive one.  The grandfather explains the wolf that wins is the one that’s fed. I cannot stop nor do I want to stop the changes that lie ahead of me – this is my life.  It’s part of my healing journey.  The real challenge is how do I want to go through this transition – dark, angry and upset or calm, positive and optimistic?  It seems obvious doesn’t it?

So this morning, despite waking up to Fynn’s dog vomit all over my bedroom floow, and my first patient a no-show, it’s OK.  I am committed to staying positive.