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  • The Clinic’s Number One Superhero for Battling Springtime Allergies – Jade Screen & Xanthium Formula – By John Scott, DOM

    by John Stan | May 05, 2016
    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…A….ACHOOOOO! It’s allergy season. As the cherry blossoms sprinkle their pretty petals over the tree-lined streets, and the bees pollinate the rainbow-coloured tulips in your yard, complaints of spring-time allergies have also sprung up in your clinic’s patient population.
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  • A Teacher of Teachers ...
    Join Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee in Vancouver

    by John Stan | Mar 04, 2016
    I'm very excited to announce that Eastern Currents Learning will be bringing world-renowned scholar Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee here to Vancouver. Our goal with Eastern Currents Learning has been to provide practitioners with learning opportunities that bring them the very latest in acupuncture needling techniques to the richness of the classics of TCM.
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  • Physician prescribed learning... A powerful intervention that lasts a lifetime!

    by John Stan | Mar 03, 2016
    All integrative health care practitioners, no matter which paradigm they operate from, bring a philosophy of health and a set of self cultivation skills to offer their patients. Teaching these philosophies and skill sets can provide the patient opportunities for substantial lasting health changes. The problem most practitioners have, is having enough time. Teaching takes time and time in the clinic is valuable.
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  • Planting Seeds ... Ear Seeds ...for a Change in Health!

    by John Stan | Mar 02, 2016
    As practitioners, we want to do it all, but sometimes we just can’t. We often see patients in our clinics with multiple problems, patterns and health goals. We triage the complexity of symptoms with the patient to choose our first interventions. The patient may want to have their neck pain dealt with as a primary goal, but at the same time, may also want to lose weight, stop smoking, sleep better or have some relief from menopausal symptoms.
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  • Spring is Growth... Are You Growing?

    by John Stan | Mar 02, 2016
    Spring is now upon us, with everyday gifting us more of itself and darkness shrinking in proportion on the clock. To me, those five minutes of extra light is a cause for celebration. And whenever I notice this, I find myself caught in joy, feeling grateful that the light is still out even at 5:45PM. I give thanks to the powers that be. No wonder our ancestors had big parties to celebrate this increase of brightness and renewal of life. Spring truly is a yearly miracle of Nature’s rebirth.
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  • Year of the Monkey Forecast

    by John Stan | Jan 27, 2016
    Written by Lillian Bridges February 8, 2016 ushers in the Year of the Red Monkey. Monkeys are considered the tricksters of the Chinese Twelve Animal Signs and this means it is likely to be an exciting and “interesting” year. But remember that the fortune cookie proverb, “May you Live in Interesting Times” is actually considered a curse!
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  • Sex and Love: Erotic and Romantic Healing Practices from The Heart of TCM

    by John Stan | Jan 08, 2016
    Our primary intimate relationship has a profound impact on how our vital energy expresses itself. A healthy relationship fosters growth and expansion of our energy. Challenging or complex relationships create contraction and stagnation of our energy. As we know, the heart in TCM is regarded as the Supreme Commander of our organ system. Thus any contractive, push or pull on Heart energy will have ramifications in the vitality of our body, mind and spirit.
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  • What Are You Waiting For? The Wisdom of Winter

    by John Stan | Jan 05, 2016
    In the depths of winter everything may look dead, but the earth is simply resting, waiting for the right conditions for growth to return. Think of a seed, lying dormant in the cold winter soil. It stores within itself the nutrients and potential necessary for life. It waits until the conditions are right to germinate and begin the cycle of renewal. Humans are meant to experience dormancy in a similar manner. If we take time to be silent and still, and access our inner wisdom while we are waiting, we too can tap into the resources stored within as we embark upon new endeavors.
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  • Treating Cough with Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

    by John Stan | Jan 05, 2016
    The lung is known as the “delicate organ.” It is extremely sensitive to the external environment and pernicious climatic influences. The lung is especially affected by wind, but also can be damaged by cold, heat, dry, and damp (in excess). External pathogenic influences invade the body, damaging wei qi and may inhibit the lung’s dispersing function, resulting in cough...
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  • Qi Gong for the Yin Brain – A Self-Help Technique

    by John Stan | Jan 05, 2016
    Last month I wrote an article called the Dual Screen Experience – The Benefits of a Healthy Perspective. If you did not have a chance to read it you can find the article here. The article explored the latest trend in technology that encourages TV viewers to log into the TV station’s website with a laptop or other portable device....
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  • 2016 - Happy New Year!

    by John Stan | Jan 05, 2016
    With 2015 just having slipped away and 2016 boldly proclaiming “I am here”, many of you, like all of us here at EC are just getting oriented to the big change ever...
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  • Choose B for BOOST!

    by John Stan | Jan 05, 2016
    Since the introduction of the Pranin Organics PureFood supplements here at Eastern Currents, I have been introducing all or a combination of the products to patients. My goal was to see what the additional value in quality of life these whole food supplements would bring to my patients. To no surprise...
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  • In Memory of Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan

    by John Stan | Jan 05, 2016
    Dr. Tan was a Force of Qi that changed people. From patients in need, t­­o practitioners needing clarity in their medicine, his Qi made things better. Twelve years ago...
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  • 6 Reasons to Reconsider Conventional Vitamins

    by John Stan | Nov 02, 2015
    Canadians spend $3 billion a year on vitamin supplements; you probably recommend them to patients to increase vitality, reduce specific symptoms, and ward off disease. Supplement companies promote that most people need to supplement with synthetic nutrients to replace real ones that are lacking in the diet. Here are 6 reasons to reconsider that strategy...
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  • Mindfulness as a Clinical Tool

    by John Stan | Nov 02, 2015
    While reading Maoshing Ni’s translation of the Huangdi Neijing, I became interested in the section on the five failings of the physician. What drew my attention was the fourth failing which occurs in counselling.
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  • Understanding Depression from a Broader Perspective

    by John Stan | Nov 02, 2015
    At some time, mental illness indirectly affects most Canadians as it strikes a family member, friend or colleague. 20% of us will personally experience a mental illness during our lifetime...
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  • The Dual Screen Experience and the Benefits of a Balanced Perspective

    by John Stan | Nov 02, 2015
    The speed at which technology is evolving is fascinating to witness. Internet technology, portable devices, and touch screen tablets make for easy access to data, anywhere and anytime. This hyper-flexible access to data has an interesting effect on different segments of our patient population.
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  • Tips and Tricks for Canada's Most Effective Topical Analgesic

    by John Stan | Nov 01, 2015
    Since we introduced the Medistik line to our family of products, practitioners have been enjoying great success with the products.Medistik offers pain relief of chronic and acute pain and inflammation: stiff and sore muscles, strains, backache, shoulder and neck pains, muscle cramps...
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  • NEEDLE CLINIC: Long & Thin Needles - Tickling those Low Back Muscles Back to Happiness

    by John Stan | Aug 28, 2015
    The low back is the zone in our body that has the burden of carrying the weight of our torso, head and limbs. At the same time, the musculature in this region, while bearing this weight, needs to maintain enough space for nerves, vascular and lymph networks to properly and healthfully perform their duties. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle - which includes a tendency for overeating and/or prolonged sitting - makes this difficult task even harder.
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  • W.A.R.! What is it good for?... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    by John Stan | Aug 28, 2015
    Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM know that changes of seasons are big transition times that could reveal or trigger underlying health imbalances. One quick way to check if this year’s shift from summer to late summer and fall is affecting patients is to check on their emotions. The acronym W.A.R. stands for Worry, Anxiety and Regret. Worry or overthinking are Late Summer/Earth/Spleen/Stomach expressions of imbalance. Attention to these three emotions at this time of the year can help you develop a treatment plan for your patient’s health optimization.
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