Practitioners' News

  • Treating Trauma with Chinese Herbal Formulas

    by John Stan | Aug 26, 2015
    Many acupuncturists can support their treatments for pain and trauma with Chinese herbal products. It is useful to know how the various formulas are differentiated in order to choose appropriately. Acute patterns found in trauma always involve blood stasis with heat; chronic conditions present with blood stasis due to cold, damp or deficiency of yang. Heat is also predominant in active flare-ups of gout or rheumatoid arthritis, and trauma formulas can often be used in those cases as well.
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  • Dietary & Nutritional Guidelines from a TCM Perspective

    by John Stan | Aug 26, 2015
    Proper nutrition is essential for good health and a rich life, and is an important part of Oriental Medicine (OM), though often overlooked. At its core, the purpose of food is to nourish the body and maintain health and vitality. It is preventative medicine. The majority of today’s illnesses are chronic and entirely preventable. Roughly 75% of healthcare spending goes to treating preventable diseases and about ½ of the adult population in the United States have chronic health conditions. Proper nutrition in the form of a lifestyle diet should be key whether promoting well-being or when treating disharmonies in the body.
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  • Naturopathic Outreach in Niger

    by John Stan | Aug 26, 2015
    In December 2014, after 24 years of being away, I finally had the chance to go back to my teenage home country of Niger (West Africa). The purpose of this trip was twofold: to visit family and friends I had not seen in years; and to provide naturopathic care and presentations to various groups and individuals.
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  • Kathy Pedersen Shares Her Top Qi beauty Picks

    by John Stan | Aug 24, 2015
    Aly from Eastern Currents' marketing team caught up with Kathy Pedersen, founder and creator of Qi beauty, to ask for advice on getting started with the Qi beauty line of products.
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  • The Whiplash and the Slingshot Phenomena – Two Concepts to Consider During Summer Time Excess

    by John Stan | Jun 30, 2015
    Summer is full-on now with the equinox just past us and the days slowly shortening by a tiny bit each day. For most of us, our day-to-day routines are fairly predictable, allowing us to navigate each day with familiarity. There are times however, when things go sideways and nothing is what it should be. The rapid reversal of anything in life creates a whiplash of change that will impact our life in multiple ways. In fact, any sudden change in the direction of a force, or process, will create what I am calling the whiplash phenomena.
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  • Using Twin Shields Formula for Thyroid Conditions: Clinical Trial Summary

    by John Stan | Jun 29, 2015
    Twin Shields Formula (Shuang Dun Fang) is designed to treat mild to moderate thyroid issues. This formula has been found to balance thyroid function and relieve localized congestion in the thyroid. Twin Shields Formula is now available from Eastern Currents.
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  • Beat the Heat this Summer with Easy Mango Sorbet from The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia

    by John Stan | Jun 29, 2015
    Sensuously sticky and lush, the mango is the most widely consumed fruit in the world. This sweet and satisfying fruit may be just want you need to help beat the heat this summer! Add mangoes to a smoothie, top your morning cereal or chia pudding, or freeze and blend this yummy fruit into an icy treat such as mango sorbet (recipe below!) Mangoes are not only delicious, but they are also nutritionally dense, and have a variety of other beneficial, medicinal qualities.
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  • Integrating Korean Hand Therapy Into Your Practice

    by John Stan | Jun 29, 2015
    This article will explore how to integrate Korean Hand Therapy into an acupuncture and alternative/integrative medical practice. This will be done by describing several possible scenarios based on practitioners’ solutions.
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  • Yang, Yang... Yang, Yang, Yang... Lovely Yang... Wonderful Yang!!!*

    by John Stan | Apr 30, 2015
    If this time of year is not stopping you in your tracks and making you marvel at the beauty, rejoice in the longer days, and jump for joy for having the opportunity to experience it all, then STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING! Run and go see an acupuncturist or TCM practitioner... RIGHT AWAY! Get your Kidneys reinforced and/or your Liver unconstrained!
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  • Grapeseed Extract – The Healthy Medicine

    by John Stan | Apr 29, 2015
    Grapeseed is rich in oligomeric proanthocyanidins complexes (OPCs) and related bioactives. Medical applications for OPCs include prevention of cardiovascular disease, recovery from stroke, reperfusion injury, treatment of cancer, asthma, septic shock, arthritis, diabetic vasculopathies, menopausal hot flashes, and a multitude of skin disorders.
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  • Naturopathic Students Travel to Nicaragua with Natural Doctors International

    by John Stan | Apr 29, 2015
    In July 2014, 19 of my classmates and I went to the island of Ometepe in Nicaragua to volunteer with Natural Doctors International (NDI) in a non-profit Naturopathic Medical clinic.
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  • FORMULA FOCUS: Huan Shao Dan 還少丹 Part 3

    by John Stan | Apr 28, 2015
    ​Dui Yao, or paired herbs, is an important concept of formulating herbs in Chinese medicine. In this edition of Formula Focus, Huan Shao Dan is considered the base formulation, and is paired with a variety of herbal formulas to address 25 different symptoms and conditions.
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  • And the Winner Is...

    by User Not Found | Mar 12, 2015
    We asked you to share your favourite Golden Flower Chinese Herbal formula with us for a chance to win $1,000 in credit to spend on Golden Flower Herbs at Eastern Currents. We were so impressed by the thoughtful entries that we received, and we are excited to finally get to share the winner with you! The winner of the $1,000 in Golden Flower Chinese herbs is...
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  • KHT: Korean Hand Therapy - Simple, Fast & Effective

    by John Stan | Feb 27, 2015
    I want to share with you why I have been a devoted practitioner, promoter and teacher of Korean Hand Therapy since 1992. As a result of this article I hope you will be inspired to learn KHT from the webinar series we did developed with Eastern Currents Ltd of Canada.
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  • Movement is Life

    by John Stan | Feb 26, 2015
    A deep stirring is occurring in the Northern Hemisphere of our planet. The quiet stillness of winter is soon to be challenged by the emergence of spring. Millions of seeds lying dormant will soon burst open sending shoots of green through the earth’s warming soil to break through to feel the warmth of the sun. Spring is around the corner and indeed the movement of Winter Yin to Spring Yang brings the promise of another year of growth and life.
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  • Year of the Sheep - 2015

    by John Stan | Feb 26, 2015
    February 19, 2015 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Yin Wood Sheep or Green Sheep. The Sheep is fundamentally an Earth creature, so this year the elements of Wood and Earth are considered in conflict as Wood uses up Earth. However, the Wood Element also gets fed by Earth and therefore is a sign of steady growth for economies around the world. And, because it is Yin Wood, it will usher in more peace and calm. This will be a great relief after a turbulent and fast-paced Horse year. To many people, it may seem a bit boring. Remember that the Chinese consider boredom to be good luck because you have choices!
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  • FORMULA FOCUS: Huan Shao Dan 還少丹 - Part 2

    by John Stan | Feb 25, 2015
    This is part 2 of this Formula Focus article: Huan Shao Dan. Part 1 can be read here. Analysis of Huan Shao Dan: In employing an herbal formula clinically it is important to consider the constituent ingredients and their dosage or percentage within the formula in order to be able to accurately determine the action(s) of the formula.
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  • Benefits of Probiotics + A Probiotic Nut Spread Recipe

    by John Stan | Feb 25, 2015
    Probiotic essentially means “for life”. Probiotic supplements are another way for people to replenish the good bacteria which are essential for optimal digestion, immune and neurological function. Traditional food processes, such as the fermentation of various foods, provided the necessary supplemental bacteria and were part of every diet.
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  • Battling Against Price Increases

    by John Stan | Feb 24, 2015
    As we’re sure you’re aware, the Canadian dollar has fallen substantially in recent months. Since many of our products are purchased from the US or paid for in US dollars, we are wrestling with a significant increase in our costs in those areas.
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  • Preventing Dropped Needles with Asiamed

    by John Stan | Feb 24, 2015
    Dropped needles are a common problem for any needle that is held in place by a glue spot or plastic retainer.
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