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Skin Problems
Weight Loss

Headaches (including migraines)

Most headaches are directly related to the liver, and some are related to phlegm dampness in the body, which affect the head. There is also the wind cold or wind heat (common cold) headache.

Once the root cause has been determined, many headache conditions can, depending on severity, be effectively treated with 4-10 treatments of acupuncture or a combination of acupuncture and herbology.


Lower back pain responds very quickly to acupuncture, as does chronic pain associated with tension in the neck and shoulders.


The major causes of arthritis are heat, cold, dampness, wind dampness, or a combination of two or more of these (internal or external) pathogens. In Chinese Medicine arthritis is called “bi syndrome”, which means closure of flow of qi. Acupuncture is used most commonly unless there is dampness involved in which case herbology is combined with acupuncture.


Anger turned inward on oneself


Skin Problems

Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, etc. – are all blood disorders. Redness on the skin is caused by energetic heat in the blood, itchiness is caused by wind in the blood, and dry flakey skin is caused by dryness of the blood. All of these conditions are best treated with Chinese herbology.

Weight Loss

Excess weight is caused by:

a) overeating due to being too hungry, which is caused by heat in the stomach, which in turn can be caused by feelings of anxiety or anger;   

b) phlegm dampness of the spleen and pancreas resulting in weight gain without overeating, commonly caused by consuming energetically cold foods (raw vegetables and cold drinks) or insulin syndrome foods (high carbohydrate sugary) or phlegm forming foods (dairy), and

c) eating when not hungry, usually associated with seeking comfort which is substance abuse (see counselling and addictions links).

After the cause is identified a combination of acupuncture, herbology, qi gong counseling treatments can produce amazing results in both weight loss and an overall sense of well being.

“When you desire certain kinds of food it is because your mental attitude has created a demand for the food that will make your body reflect the state of consciousness which you possess at that time.

You have a certain impression of yourself on your subconscious mind, and the food you eat is used by your body cells to sustain that subconscious image.

For this reason dieting never produces the desired results. … So to change ourselves in any particular way we must go to first cause, which is mind.”

from “Key to Yourself” by Dr Venice Bloodworth

All is in the Silence waiting to be brought
Forth to form and substance by the builder, Thought,
That is how God fashioned everything He wrought,
Everything you long for, in the Silence wait,
Yours the power to shape them either soon or late,
But be very careful how you form your fate.”

-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Addictions are a result of our conditioning, bondage.

For drug and alcohol addiction (including cigarettes), a regime of daily acupuncture is the primary recommended treatment to alleviate primary withdrawal symptoms and physical cravings. The addition of herbal medicine is also highly beneficial.

To ensure long term sobriety or abstinence a combination of intensive counseling, acupuncture and herbology is highly recommended.



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