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Did you know that the ear is a complete microsystem? On the external ear, there are acupuncture points that correspond t...
06/29/2023

Did you know that the ear is a complete microsystem? On the external ear, there are acupuncture points that correspond to every part of the body, making it a self-contained system of treatment within the whole body. While originally based on the ancient practices of Chinese Medicine, the correspondences of specific parts of the body to specific parts of the ear was first developed in modern France. This integrated system of Chinese and Western practices of auriculotherapy brings us to its modern day application in practice.

Have you tried raw acupuncture before? Let us know your experience in the comments!

Have you heard of moxibustion? It is a form of heat therapy in which dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort (Artemesia ...
08/29/2022

Have you heard of moxibustion? It is a form of heat therapy in which dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort (Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris) called "moxa" are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. It’s good to treat any type of cold syndromes like pain due to injury or arthritis due to wind-damp cold, digestive problems, and various gynecological issues.

Moxibustion takes many forms but practitioners generally hold a burning moxa stick close to, but not touching, the surface of the skin producing a unique form of penetrating heat. Other types of moxibustion can be in the form of burning the moxa cone on top of a slice of ginger, aconite, or even garlic. The smoldering moxa stick is held over specific areas, often, though not always, corresponding to certain acupuncture points. The glowing end of the moxa stick is held about an inch or two above the surface of the skin until the area reddens and becomes suffused with warmth.

It is not uncommon for patients receiving moxibustion to report a sudden flooding of warmth that quickly radiates along a specific pathway (usually corresponding with the jing luo channel that is being treated) away from the site of application. This is a good result, as it indicates the arrival of the Qi and signals that the flow of Qi and blood has been freed in the channel.

“The pure Yang forms the heaven, and the turbid Yin forms the earth. The Qi of the earth ascends and turns into clouds, ...
08/10/2022

“The pure Yang forms the heaven, and the turbid Yin forms the earth. The Qi of the earth ascends and turns into clouds, while the Qi of the heaven turns into rain.”

― Maoshing Ni on The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Medicine.

Pain killer abuse is sweeping across North America. Painkiller abuse is not only the number one substance abused in the ...
07/21/2022

Pain killer abuse is sweeping across North America. Painkiller abuse is not only the number one substance abused in the entire world, but it is also the most easily accessed substance via our Western health care system. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention: more than 115 people in the United States alone die after overdosing on prescription pain relievers everyday. This is a serious public health crisis that also affects both social and economic welfare.

Why is acupuncture and TCM such a better alternative to painkillers? First of all, TCM is safe, effective, non-addictive, and helps patients successfully participate in other aspects of therapy so they can completely rid any pain in their body. Acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system when you are receiving treatment for pain. Not only can stimulating acupoints help your body to heal, but it can also activate the part of your brain that governs serotonin levels and trigger the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-killers.

It’s all about the balance. ☯️🧘🏻‍♀️
07/13/2022

It’s all about the balance. ☯️🧘🏻‍♀️

In Chinese medicine, the heart is a fire element. Mental activities like our memory, thought processes, emotional well-b...
07/06/2022

In Chinese medicine, the heart is a fire element. Mental activities like our memory, thought processes, emotional well-being, and consciousness are also attributed to the heart. When the sun is out and life is full of energy, we should cherish this great time to nourish our spirits and to find joy in the hot summer days and warm summer nights.

Everything is TCM is about balance. When the fire element is in balance, the heart is strong and healthy and the mind is calm and sleep is sound. When the fire element is imbalanced, we may either lack joy (depression) or have an excess of joy (mania). Indicators of an imbalance in the fire element include agitation, nervousness, heartburn, and insomnia. 🔥❤️

To all Canadians around the world, a very happy Canada Day to you all. 🇨🇦                                               ...
07/01/2022

To all Canadians around the world, a very happy Canada Day to you all. 🇨🇦

The ideal menstrual flow according to Traditional Chinese Medicine:-Little to no spotting in the days previous to starti...
06/08/2022

The ideal menstrual flow according to Traditional Chinese Medicine:

-Little to no spotting in the days previous to starting
-Slight abdominal cramping and lower back pain before and during menstruation
-Very few clots in the menstrual blood
-Deep, full red blood (as opposed to brown, dark red, purplish or bright red)
-No stopping and starting of the flow
-3-5 days of bleeding in total

If your current period does not meet most of the above characteristics, you may benefit from support for your menstrual cycle flow.

A regular, healthy menstrual cycle and fertility depend on the vitality of the kidney and heart (note that TCM organs differ from those defined by western medicine), specifically kidney essence and heart blood. Women are more prone to blood deficiency as they lose blood every month. Kidney essence supports kidney Yin and Yang which regulates the menstrual cycle - but if it's insufficient then menstruation will not happen. This is where herbal medicine and acupuncture can support menstruation irregularities with actions like:

-Moving the qi and blood
-Facilitating a smooth and thorough discharge of the menstrual flow
-Removing obstructions to blood flow
-Decreasing pain in the lower back & sacrum
-Reducing abdomen cramping or pain
-Calming the mind

Chrysanthemum tea is an ideal drink for quenching thirst on hot summer days. In addition to helping prevent sunstroke, i...
06/01/2022

Chrysanthemum tea is an ideal drink for quenching thirst on hot summer days. In addition to helping prevent sunstroke, it also clears heat, benefits qi flow, and promotes body fluid secretion. Instead of carbonated drinks, why not try and serve your guests some chrysanthemum tea for a more delightful summer party?

Ingredients:
60 - 80 White Chrysanthemum Flowers
3 teaspoon of Jasmine Yinhao Green Tea
Rock sugar or honey
4 liters of water

Instructions:
Wash the chrysanthemum.
Put chrysanthemum and tea into a cooking pot.
Pour in 4 liters of water and bring it to boiling.
Reduce heat and continue to cook for 20 minutes.
Put in rock sugar or honey.
Remove pot from the heat and allow to cool till room temperature.
Strain the tea and put into refrigerator.
Serve the tea chilled and enjoy!

The weather is finally warm here in Toronto and with more heat on the way, we wanted to share with you some tips on keep...
05/16/2022

The weather is finally warm here in Toronto and with more heat on the way, we wanted to share with you some tips on keeping things cool into the summer months. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the ‘Summer-Heat’ pathogen has a seasonal relationship with the summer months during the period between the summer solstice and the beginning of autumn. It affects those who undertake long trips or engage in intense physical labor outside on days of intense heat. The disease caused by summer-heat is usually marked by a series of yang symptoms such as high fever, dysphoria, reddish complexion, thirst with preference for cold drinks.

It’s important to cool your body and expel the pathogen. This can be done with acupuncture, of course, but three of your best weapons are at the grocery store:
Watermelon. Enjoy the red flesh of the melon, but the most potent medicine can be found in the white part of the rind, which is a mild diuretic. Eat down into that as far as you can.
Mung beans. These dried small green legumes can be found at most grocery stores. Boil a cup of dried mung beans in about three cups of water. Drink the liquid. This is also a mild diuretic.
Electrolytes. With the sweating that goes along with summer heat, be sure that you are replenishing your fluids and electrolytes such as Smart Water, Emergen-C, and other sports drinks—each with their own pros and cons. Try them and see which your body prefers.

Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation has been used for millennia and it involves the insertion of extra  fine needles ove...
05/03/2022

Acupuncture for facial rejuvenation has been used for millennia and it involves the insertion of extra fine needles over the face to stimulate skin healing, relax or tonify underlying strained musculature and increase circulation to the face. Because each person has unique skin and internal health, each protocol is unique – no two individuals will have the same treatment. When done properly, the treatment is painless and very relaxing; needles are retained for approximately 30 minutes, and patients notice a more revitalized appearance immediately after treatment. Over the following few days, the appearance of the skin will continue to improve, as well as general health. Depending on the needs and current skin condition of the individual, cosmetic acupuncture will be done 1-2x per week for a series of 6-10 treatments, with maintenance treatments done monthly thereafter. Facial cosmetic acupuncture should be avoided over areas of the face that have been injected with botox or filler within two weeks. Patients of all ages can benefit from these treatments; depending on age and the state of the skin, it may take longer to see improvement.

When acupuncture is used over the face in conjunction with points over the body, there is benefit not only to the face directly, but also to the entire system – which translates to a more rejuvenated, youthful complexion from within. Our practitioner will first take a thorough history for each patient and address any underlying conditions that could be showing up in the face; this may include digestive concerns, fatigue, immune issues, to name a few.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the view that the body is interconnected. Due to this interconnectedness,...
04/19/2022

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the view that the body is interconnected. Due to this interconnectedness, all symptoms are related. For example, muscle tension could be related to diet, sleep, stress, emotion or other factors. It is an imbalance in these lifestyle aspects that is the cause of all health complaints. Therefore a balance between work, exercise, play and rest is something everyone needs. TCM principles also encourage stress reduction with relaxation through hobbies; appropriate socializing, exercise, and quality self-time help maintain balance.

In traditional Chinese medicine, Rou Gui, or Cinnamon bark is a great herb for dispersing deep cold and warming the chan...
04/13/2022

In traditional Chinese medicine, Rou Gui, or Cinnamon bark is a great herb for dispersing deep cold and warming the channels. Its properties are spicy, sweet, and hot.

Rou Gui enters channels relating to the heart, kidney, liver, and spleen meridians, and is well suited for chronic cold conditions that results in debility: commonly seen as an insufficiency of the body’s kidney yang. Clinically, this can present as an aversion to cold, chronic weak lower back, impotence, and urinary frequency with dilute or clear urine.

Find out if this herb is right for you. Visit our website in our bio link and book an appointment to speak with our practitioner. We’re here to help!




“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos—the trees, the clouds, everything”. -Thich ...
04/05/2022

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos—the trees, the clouds, everything”. -Thich Nhat Hanh

04/01/2022

Regular physical exercise is an important aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) health maintenance. In contrast t...
03/21/2022

Regular physical exercise is an important aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) health maintenance. In contrast to the modern Western approach, TCM does not recommend that we push the body to its limits. Moderate and gentle-flowing activities are considered the best way to move qi and blood, for the purpose of protecting and nourishing the body. These are the general guidelines for maintaining health, harmony, and overall well-being.

Gan Mai Da Zao Tang (甘麥大棗湯), the Chinese herbal decoction with blend of three herbs - licorice, wheat and red dates —is ...
03/10/2022

Gan Mai Da Zao Tang (甘麥大棗湯), the Chinese herbal decoction with blend of three herbs - licorice, wheat and red dates —is a formula often used for treating anxiety and depression. The formula was created by a Chinese master herbalist Zhang Zhong Jing almost 2000 years ago and was recorded in the classic text Jin Gui Yao Lue.

Gan Mai Da Zao Tang is used in cases of what the Chinese call “restless organ syndrome”. Some of the indications include frequent sighing and mood swings, poor sleep, irritation, fatigue and poor concentration.

Each herb in this formula serves a unique role. Licorice gently boosts energy by helping the digestive system. Wheat calms the spirit and anchor the mind, and the red dates helps soothe rattled nerves and moisten dryness. The taste is gentle in nature and often has a sweet aftertaste. Our tincture of Gan Mai Da Zao Tang makes this decoction easy to take and digest. Come in for a consultation and ask us if this formula is right for you. 🌾🌿🍵

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It’s impossible to define acupuncture without linking it to Qi, or we can call it energy. Everything in the Universe is ...
03/07/2022

It’s impossible to define acupuncture without linking it to Qi, or we can call it energy. Everything in the Universe is comprised of energy. In your body, Qi flows through energy pathways which are called “meridians” in TCM, and has functions to nourish your body and maintain homeostasis.

In Indian culture, it’s called prana. In Greek culture, it’s called pneuma. In Chinese culture, it’s called qi.

Life, it is said in TCM is a gathering of Qi. A healthy human being is a dynamic but harmonious mixture of all the aspects of Qi that make up who we are. Qi is in a state of continuous flux, transforming endlessly from one aspect of Qi into another. It is neither created nor is it ever destroyed; it simply changes in its manifestation.

What does self-care mean to you? The phrase has become quite trendy in the wellness space lately. Does it mean that we h...
02/28/2022

What does self-care mean to you? The phrase has become quite trendy in the wellness space lately. Does it mean that we have to splurge on material things? Does it mean that it needs to be an escape from reality?

One of our favorite quotes on self-care is: “True self-care is making the choice to build a life you don’t regularly need to escape from. It is learning how to stop trying to “fix yourself” and start trying to take care of yourself, and maybe finding that taking care lovingly attends to a lot of the problems you were trying to fix in the first place.”

What does your self-care routine look like? Share with us in the comments.

Balance and harmony: the integration of body, mind, and spirit is essential to holistic healing practices and has been g...
02/23/2022

Balance and harmony: the integration of body, mind, and spirit is essential to holistic healing practices and has been gaining an increased level of importance in western medicine. Today, most people see ‘health’ as the absence of diseases – no symptoms, no problems.

From a TCM’s perspective, it sees the person as a combination of body, mind, and spirit. Any off-balance of this integral unity means that a person will get sick. Therefore it is emphasized in TCM that a person should strive to maintain a harmonious relationship with himself and his surroundings. The concept of harmony and unity of yin and yang further reflects this understanding and guides TCM practitioners in their diagnosis and treatment plans.




In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, a healthy life is a balanced life, and more emphasis is placed on prevention tha...
02/15/2022

In Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, a healthy life is a balanced life, and more emphasis is placed on prevention than treatment. It is often said that treating a disease before it happens is the best medicine. How do we do this? To enjoy balanced long-term health, TCM recommends putting the following branches into regular practice: acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet, movement (Tai Chi/Qi Gong), and manual therapy (Tui na, gua sha, etc). 🧘🏻‍♀️🌿🥗🌻

We leave you with an excerpt from the the Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor on preventive medicine: “Treating an illness after it has begun is like suppressing revolt after it has broken out. If someone digs a well only when thirsty, or forges weapons only after becoming engaged in battle, one cannot help but ask: Aren’t these actions too late?”

'Sciatica' is a very common condition in Canada. It is estimated that about 20-40% of the population will develop Sciati...
02/08/2022

'Sciatica' is a very common condition in Canada. It is estimated that about 20-40% of the population will develop Sciatica during their lifetime. To understand more of this condition from a TCM perspective, we've written an article for you to learn more about how acupuncture can help treat sciatica and what clinical research says about efficacy and pain management.

You can find the link to the blog from our Instagram bio link or visit: https://4everbesthealth.com/can-acupuncture-help-with-sciatica

In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem. That’s about 7 million of us. Cha...
01/31/2022

In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem. That’s about 7 million of us.

Challenging the stigma associated with mental illness takes understanding, education and a closer look at our own attitudes toward health.

From a Chinese Medicine perspective, mental health disorders can cause a disruption in the flow of Qi. This imbalance can throw off the immune system or cause pain, sleep disturbances and headaches. TCM does not recognize any mental disorder as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual to restore imbalances found in the body. Both herbal and acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances and directly affect the way your body manages your mental health.

01/19/2022

In the recent surge of popularity, you may have seen people on social media gliding a smooth, stone tool across their faces or body. This is called Gua Sha (刮痧), and it is a technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. During the Gua Sha treatment, the skin is lightly scraped (刮 “gua”) using a scraping tool to produce a red, bruise-like/rash-like appearance (痧 “sha”).

This helps to relieve tension and tightness, release blockage in the meridians, promote blood circulation and dispel toxins from the body. That blood flow brings more oxygen to your skin, which stimulates cell regeneration, speeds healing and recovery and all that good stuff.

More than just a skincare regiment, Gua Sha is actually suitable for a variety of conditions in adult and children including pain management, gynecology, acute, and chronic diseases. What type of scraping tool do you use? Let us know in the comments below!

01/11/2022
We continue to adapt our clinic practices to ensure the safety of all patients and practitioners. We remain prudent to o...
01/03/2022

We continue to adapt our clinic practices to ensure the safety of all patients and practitioners. We remain prudent to our responsibilities and continue to practice and enforce social distancing, controlled daily capacities, and routine sanitation and disinfection regiments.

Our clinic remains open by appointment only. Please give us a call at (905) 604-5168 to schedule your appointment or use the self-booking portal in our bio link.

Best wishes for a safe and healthy start to 2022! ❤️🎊

Dear friends, we wish you a safe and joyous holiday season! Our holiday hours are as follows:Dec 24: closedDec 25: close...
12/20/2021

Dear friends, we wish you a safe and joyous holiday season! Our holiday hours are as follows:

Dec 24: closed
Dec 25: closed
Dec 26: closed
Dec 31: closed
Jan 1-2: closed

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022!

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Winter Wellness Tips: Winter is considered as a “Yin” time of the year in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the ass...
12/13/2021

Winter Wellness Tips: Winter is considered as a “Yin” time of the year in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the associated organ is kidney. This is why during the winter months, you want to be mindful of supporting your kidneys as well as your digestive system, these 2 organs are closely linked in TCM. The kidneys provides ‘digestive fire’, in other words, the energy required to help us maintain our metabolic processes, making sure our spleen and stomach can transform and distribute nutrients efficiently. In the winter, you can keep your digestive fire strong by eating mostly warm, easily digestible, and cooked foods like stews and soups. This is not the season for shakes, smoothies, and salads, whose cold-raw nature can make our digestive system work harder to process what its being given, leading to sluggish digestion, bloating, gas, and loose stools. So try to limit cold-raw foods intake as much as you can.

Also, make sure to keep your neck and back covered: these are the areas where pathogens like the cold and wind can easily enter the body. If left exposed to the elements, you’re more likely to catch a cold. So layer up, especially outdoors or if you work in a cold environment. Keep your feet warm—since the kidney channel begins on the sole of the foot, warm feet will prevent cold from moving up the channel and affecting the organs themselves.

Moxibustion (TCM heat therapy) is helpful, but prevention is still the best medicine!

To better understand Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts it’s crucial to also understand Taoism. Taoism or Daois...
12/03/2021

To better understand Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts it’s crucial to also understand Taoism. Taoism or Daoism is both a philosophical and religious tradition of China and focuses on living in harmony with the Tao (or Dao), which means “The Way.” Tao is considered the source, pattern and substance of everything that exists, which has its parallel in Qi, the Universal Life Force.

Taoism has always been quite occupied with health, healing and longevity, and Taoists practitioners have traditionally used various exercises and healing techniques to promote this, such as Taoist Meditation, Neidan Inner Alchemy, Tai Chi and Medical Qigong, which are today all considered TCM practices.

Taoism is rather complex in its derived theoretical and practical forms, the concepts of Ying-Yang, TCM healing practices that use, transform or balance the energies Jing, Qi and Shen are key to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
All TCM treatment modalities, either self-treatments like Qigong, Neidan or Tai Chi, or treatments applied by a therapist, such as Acupuncture, Tuina, or Moxibustion are heavily influenced by Taoist concepts.

“The body is to nature as a violin in to an orchestra. The strings are to a violin as the organs are to the body. The mu...
11/22/2021

“The body is to nature as a violin in to an orchestra. The strings are to a violin as the organs are to the body. The musical vibrations of each string are like the functions of each organ. For the orchestra to play a symphony in harmony, all the instruments must be tuned to each other - all the strings of each instrument and all the notes of each string must be played in tune. If a single instrument is out of tune, the whole sound is dissonant rather than harmonious.” 🧘‍♀️

What Causes Pain from a TCM Perspective:Pain is usually caused by some form of obstruction in meridians. If you live in ...
11/10/2021

What Causes Pain from a TCM Perspective:
Pain is usually caused by some form of obstruction in meridians. If you live in a cold place like here in Canada, common root cause of pain issues are cold and dampness that results from either the environment or over consumption of cold drinks and food. TCM’s approach to treating pain problems due to cold is to provide heat.  Heat can improve the blood circulation and unblock the meridians by expelling the cold thus relieving pain.

Moxibustion is one of the common techniques used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa helps to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi.

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