Practitioners' News

  • Live Well Live Long - Chapter 1 by Peter Deadman

    by John Stan | Oct 23, 2017
    Live Well Live Long, by Peter Deadman, explores the wonderful Chinese tradition of nourishing life (yangshen). Continuously developed over more than 25 centuries, it serves as a workshop manual for the care of the human body, mind and spirit. Its teaching can help us improve our health and lengthen our lives through cultivating our mind, emotions, diet, exercise, sleep, sexual behaviour, and much more. As this book reveals, these teachings are comprehensively backed up by the findings of modern lifestyle research. Read chapter one.
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  • The Throat is a Gatekeeper

    by John Stan | Oct 23, 2017
    Our “first line of defense” against external pathogens includes: zheng qi, wei qi, mucosal linings, and innate immune response – depending on which conceptual prism we are using. But the throat is arguably the last defense against external pathogens because once an external pathogenic factor (EPF) has passed beyond the throat, it becomes internal. In this article, we cover several Golden Flower formulas that benefit the throat.
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  • Modern Cupping & Fascia Release Throughout the Hips

    by John Stan | Sep 28, 2017
    Bruce Bentley presents a new explanatory framework and treatment vista for cupping by using flexible and easy-to maneuver silicone vessels to remodel discordant fascia. The practical focus will be on treating chronic hip pain and restricted mobility.
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  • Exploring Cupping Therapy: 5 Days of Hands On Learning with Bruce Bentley

    by Aly Lewis | Sep 28, 2017
    This September, Eastern Currents was pleased to welcome world renowned cupping therapy practitioner and teacher, Bruce Bentley, for five days of hands on learning. Throughout the event, Bruce relayed stories and fascinating facts about the history of cupping across numerous cultures that have developed a wide array of practices and applications. Cupping is not unique to Chinese Medicine, but has historical roots across all cultures. Participants practiced the skills they learned on each other, so they were able to immediately practice the skills demonstrated in class.
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  • The Stomach Official - by Professor Neil R. Gumenick

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2017
    The Stomach, known as "The Official of Rotting and Ripening Food and Drink", with its paired Official, the Spleen, represent the Earth Element within us. In the cycle of the seasons, Earth is associated with Late Summer – a time when growth has reached completion. The harvest is abundant, the fruits ripe, round, sweet, and ready to be picked. What had been once a seed has come to fruition. The Earth generously provides the nourishment we need to live and thrive. The Officials of Earth within us receive the food, make it into a proper digestive mixture, and transport its essence to fuel every organ, function, and system. No organ or physical or non-physical process could occur were it deprived of nourishment.
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  • The Symbolic Value of Numbers

    by John Stan | Jul 27, 2017
    Numbers play a significant role in Classical Chinese texts. They indicate the quality more than the quantity. The systematic recourse to numerology helps to keep the framework of the discourse in mind, while setting out the processes of life. Without losing sight of the unity ‐ which is the nature of life ‐ numbers show its development, stage after stage. They are the reflection of the natural order.
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  • Wired and Tired

    by John Stan | Jun 30, 2017
    Wired and tired is the perfect description for many of our patients that come to the clinic. Many of today’s health problems have their root in excess yang (wired) and deficient yin patterns (tired), or in other words, adrenal fatigue and chronic inflammatory conditions.
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  • A Walk Along the River - Book Foreword

    by John Stan | Jun 29, 2017
    Bookstores in China have shelves and shelves of books on Chinese medicine. A great many of these books chronicle a practitioner’s experience with and thoughts about the practice of the art. What drew us to select this book and to choose, through our translation, to offer it to Western readers is its unique depth, nature, and tangible clinical utility.
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  • The Cost of Health

    by John Stan | Jun 28, 2017
    The patient who balks at the cost of herbs/natural medicines that are recommended to them is an all too familiar experience for practitioners. In Canada, many of us are used to a heavily subsidized allopathic medical system, so we are trained to not want to spend money on our health. In fact, for those with extended healthcare plans, it may be easier to go to their family doctor or walk-in clinic to get a prescription for medication to suppress the symptoms so they get immediate and cheap relief. But, they have come to you for help, and that is a major hurdle overcome. The second hurdle is for them to take the next step and follow your recommendations, which likely includes lifestyle changes along with some nutritional and herbal support. In light of this, we wanted to take a closer look at the cost of health, so you can work with your patients to make reasonable and effective choices for their health plan.
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  • Time Acupuncture

    by John Stan | May 25, 2017
    The neologism "Time Acupuncture" illustrates the combination of the energetics of the time with the energetics of the acupuncture. Through the coordination of these energetic cycles we are able to optimize the effectiveness of the acupuncture treatment.
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  • The Quintessential Sincerity of the Therapist

    by John Stan | May 24, 2017
    There is always a relationship between present beings. This relationship is even stronger when these beings focus on one another, direct their attention from one to the other, as is the case between doctor and patient. What occurs in the treatment is also what occurs between them.
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  • Get the Scoop on Chlorella and Spirulina

    by John Stan | May 01, 2017
    An important, and often overlooked, aspect of healing is the bioavailability of the necessary nutrients needed for the body to function optimally and for healing to occur. Over the past while, we have been referring to this as a core nutritional foundation, and it needs to be a key part of any treatment plan. While eating healthily is obviously important, it may not be enough for a variety of reasons.
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  • A "Curious Organ" - The Gallbladder

    by John Stan | May 01, 2017
    According to Oriental Medicine (OM), the gallbladder is considered both a fu (yang / bowel) organ as well as an extraordinary or curious organ. It has characteristics of both a zang (yin) organ and a fu (yang) organ. Its hollow structure makes it resemble other yang organs. But unlike other fu, the gallbladder is never directly in contact with the exterior or with food or waste.
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  • Damp is like feces? By Janice Walton-Hadlock

    by John Stan | Apr 03, 2017
    A patient once told me that, for years, she had avoided eating soup or moist foods such as warm applesauce and fruit because her acupuncturist had warned her against Damp. Her acupuncturist had told her, with a straight face, “You are too Damp: you need to avoid Damp food.” Soup and moist foods would have been perfect for her. They literally are damp foods: foods containing moisture, healthy foods. Moist foods were just what she needed. Remember, damp foods, foods full of moisture, are good for us.
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  • The Many Feces of Probiotics

    by John Stan | Mar 01, 2017
    Not all probiotics are alike! In fact, there are so many in the market place that we would need a weekend course to go through them all and explore their strengths and weaknesses. With all the positive research on probiotics emerging from the Human Biome project, we as practitioners need to consider how probiotics figure into our treatment plans.
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  • Core Nutrient Foundation – How Strong is Yours?

    by John Stan | Feb 28, 2017
    Over the past two years, we have been expanding the range of products we carry to include whole food supplements and probiotics. As a company geared toward practitioners, we recognized that while we have been providing you with quality botanical remedies and adaptogens, we were missing an essential piece. That missing piece is the product necessary to help patients (and all of us, for that matter) help build and maintain a solid core nutrient foundation.
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  • Ensure a Healthy Pregnancy with an Organic Whole-Food Multi by Dr. David Wang, ND

    by John Stan | Feb 28, 2017
    Eating a nutrient-rich, whole food diet ensures the health of the growing baby. Health Canada recommends a prenatal multivitamin/mineral supplement as “insurance” for a health pregnancy in case mother’s diet is lacking since greater demands are placed on her body. (When not obtaining required nutrients, mother’s stores are depleted for baby’s needs.) However, it is also an investment in the child that will reap enormous gains.
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  • The Heart of Your Work by Felice Dunas

    by John Stan | Feb 01, 2017
    As a profession we are blossoming and going through growing pains. As professionals we are improving the healthcare landscape and surmounting challenges. As people we are moving towards the fulfillment of our life’s dreams and confronting hardships. While there are many dimensions through which to look at life, it is undeniable that both the Yang and Yin aspects exist. That which nourishes partners that which diminishes. Abundance walks beside lack and progress means set backs.
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  • Happy Year of the Red Rooster - A 2017 Forecast by Lillian Pearl Bridges

    by John Stan | Jan 27, 2017
    January 28, 2017 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Red Rooster. The Rooster is Yin to Monkey’s Yang and many of us are still reeling from the Monkey’s shenanigans around the world! The Yin nature of the Rooster forecasts a calmer year and should bring a lot of relief from the shock, strain, tension and anxiety of last year.
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  • On your mark! Set your intentions! And go, Boldly into 2017!

    by John Stan | Jan 02, 2017
    Did you know that each year has five hundred twenty five thousand and six hundred minutes? Each one of those minutes stream through our brains and life like grains of sand through an hour glass. Before you know it, all the minutes have slipped by, a year has passed, and it is now time to reset, turn the hour glass over again and let the countdown begin once more!
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