Practitioners' News

  • Gratitude as Our New iOS

    by John Stan | Dec 23, 2014
    As human beings, we too have an OS that needs to be assessed and tweaked so that our lives and health are optimized. For the health care field, we can repurpose the “i” in the Apple acronym to stand for “Internal”. Thus for humans, the acronym would mean “Internal Operating System (iOS)” and can be defined as: “the primary state of consciousness in which neural, vascular and cellular systems of a human being operate within”.
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  • CONTEST: Tell Us About Your Favourite Golden Flower Formula & Win $1000 in Golden Flower Product

    by User Not Found | Dec 19, 2014
    Tell us what your favourite Golden Flower formula is and you could win $1,000 in Golden Flower products! Share with us in 100-250 words, which Golden Flower formula is your favourite, and how it has had a profound impact on your patients’ health and your practice.
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  • Treating Infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine

    by John Stan | Dec 18, 2014
    Chinese medicine delineates several patterns in infertility. At its core, tonification of blood and kidney qi is necessary in most cases. Further pattern differentiation can be made for deficiency of kidney yang,yin or jing; liver qi stagnation, blood stasis, or accumulation of phlegm and dampness. In evaluating for patterns, paying close attention to the menstrual history offers the best clues. Irregular periods or premenstrual syndrome (irritability, breast distension, abdominal distension) indicate qi stagnation; dysmenorrhea indicates blood stasis or exogenous cold into the uterus; amenorrhea or light, scanty periods confirm blood deficiency; and obesity involves stagnation of phlegm and dampness.
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  • FORMULA FOCUS: Huan Shao Dan 還少丹 - Part 1

    by John Stan | Dec 18, 2014
    Huan Shao Dan is sometimes referred to as Rejuvenation Elixir or Return to Youth formula. It is considered a prime anti-aging and restorative formula in Chinese medicine. Its use and application is varied and can be employed to treat a wide variety of conditions ranging from: chronic fatigue, decline of the senses particularly hearing and vision, diminished sexual functioning, emaciation and loss of appetite, night sweats, premature aging, senile and age-related conditions, weight-loss and lack of appetite and even extending to post-partum recovery.
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  • Dark Days Ahead, Be Prepared

    by John Stan | Oct 31, 2014
    As we move in the stillness and darkness of the winter months, practitioners aware of the energetics of this time prepare to consolidate their energy, build resources, and deepen their knowledge base. From a TCM framework, winter time is Water time. Water reflects stillness, darkness, depth, kidneys, mind, intellect, and our resource pool, among other things.
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  • Master Tung's Four Horses - Extraordinary Points

    by John Stan | Oct 30, 2014
    Master Tung Ching Chang was a traditional Chinese physician from the Shandong Province who was famous for the miraculous and spontaneous results he would obtained using just a few needles. Master Tung’s Four Horses combination consists of six acupuncture points, three on each thigh: a wonderfully effective point pattern, easy to locate, and very versatile. A four-horse carriage moves very quickly with extraordinary momentum, a fitting metaphor for the strong and lasting effects of these amazing points, among the most powerful in the entire body.
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  • Winterize the Kidney Channel

    by John Stan | Oct 30, 2014
    Is the Kidney channel running unobstructed and free? As your patients put in their orders for snow tires and cinnamon sticks, you can optimize the flow in their Kidney channels. Obstructions of the Kidney channel Qi can occur suddenly or can build up over time. Causative culprits can include leg bones broken years earlier, history of hernia, appendectomy scars, C-section scars, old knee or ankle injuries, or injuries or surgeries in the low back area.
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  • The Importance of Patient Education

    by John Stan | Oct 30, 2014
    I remember the day when a patient I had seen for several weeks came in for treatment telling me she was feeling better than she had in years, with more energy and much less anxiety. When asked if she knew the cause, she said she decided to take my advice and had started eating breakfast everyday.
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  • Sharpen One's Metal by Letting Go

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2014
    Summer is fast fading, days are shorter, and the abundance of late summer crops will soon diminish. While nature is heading towards the quieter darker months, humans conversely start to speed up with preparations for school, work projects, and other tasks that dropped in favour of the summer sun.
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  • The Heart Protector - Circulation/Sex - Pericardium Official

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2014
    The three names above are all accurate representations of the nature and function of this Official. On the physical level, the Pericardium is a double-layered sac of fibrous tissue that envelops the Heart. The space between the layers is filled with serous fluid that protects the Heart from external shock or trauma and lubricates to allow for normal Heart movement.
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  • Are You Sitting on a Gold Mine? PLUS 5 Practice Building Tips

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2014
    I’ve been in practice for over 12 years and have to confess that I have more files of inactive patients in my clinic than I do of active patients. I’m not sure if that is good or bad. But the truth of the matter is that your old patients are a gold mine. Inactive patients are a renewable and bountiful resource.
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  • Qi beauty Matrix for Skin Rejuvenation

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2014
    Did you know modern day anti-aging products and procedures may be doing more harm than good to your skin? The truth is, these products and procedures have been designed to disrupt your skin’s natural defense mechanism by disturbing its protective barrier function to increase permeability. While this can help your skin absorb more beneficial nutrients, it also increases ALL non-discriminate absorption, which means your skin also becomes more susceptible to absorbing environmental pollutants and toxins that can have a long-lasting effect on the health of your skin.
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  • The Treatment of Cancer with Chinese Medicine

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2014
    Many of our patients have, or have had cancer (or will have cancer) and, for this reason, I think it is extremely important to understand cancer from the point of view of Chinese medicine, even if we do not actually treat it. Moreover, even if we do not treat cancer itself, we can do our patients who have survived cancer a great service if we can develop treatment strategies to prevent recurrence.
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  • Stimplus Pro - A Portable Clinic You Can Carry in Your Pocket

    by John Stan | Jun 27, 2014
    Recently we added a new star to our line of products. The Stimplus Pro is a slim, ergonomic point detector and stimulator that offers practitioners a wide array of treatment options. Up until discovering the Stimplus Pro, I found point detectors clunky, heavy, and unreliable. The Stimplus Pro is the opposite. Slim, lightweight and with digital controls, I find that I am able to locate low resistance points easily and treat reliably.
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  • Sex, Love and Health: An Introduction to OM's Ancient Teachings

    by John Stan | Jun 27, 2014
    The use of sex as a healing tool is an ancient practice in Oriental Medicine (OM). Prescriptions, using specific sexual activities, are older than acupuncture itself. I am pleased to be working with John Stan and EClearning.org in presenting some vital and under-represented information for practitioners of OM and their patients.
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  • Practice Building Gems

    by John Stan | Jun 27, 2014
    Jeffrey Grossman here from Acupuncture Media, AcuPerfect Websites in the USA, and ECWebNow Acupuncture/TCM Websites in Canada. I’ve been helping acupuncturists since 2002 build strong, stable and sustainable practices. Over that time, I came to learn a few things...but first, watch the video of the ONE THING you ABSOLUTELY need.
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  • Something is Happening and YOU are a Part of It!

    by John Stan | Jun 27, 2014
    Summer is now officially here, and the sublime joy of having daylight lingering sweetly into the night is something I hope you are all enjoying. I have been to four conferences over the last four months, checking the trends and pulse of acu/TCM growth in the world. I have some ground breaking news that you need to know.
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  • Baihe: Lily Bulb

    by John Stan | Jun 26, 2014
    The lily has long been known in China as both food and medicine. The bulbs are comprised of dozens of fleshy scales. Lily bulbs were one of the items listed in the ancient Shennong Bencao Jing, and were described as being sweet and balanced. They were understood to serve as a tonic to supplement the center (spleen/stomach) and to boost the qi.
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  • Acupuncture Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis: Clinical Use of the Extraordinary Point Shimian

    by John Stan | Jun 26, 2014
    Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, and occurs in all types of athletic and active individuals. However, simply walking and standing on a hard surface may also cause symptoms. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports the arch.
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  • Advisory Council on TCM Meets with Canadian Government

    by John Stan | May 01, 2014
    On March 21st, the Advisory Council on TCM (AC-TCM) met with Minister Rona Ambrose, Parliamentary Secretary Colin Carrie, Director General of the NHPD Adam Gibson and other Health Canada staff to further discuss issues relating to the regulatory process of Natural Health Products (NHPs) in Canada.
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