Practitioners' News

  • The Delicious Taste of Discovering the Clinical Efficacy of Yin-care Oral

    by John Stan | May 01, 2014
    Discovering the remarkable clinical effectiveness of Yin-care oral was an incredibly eye-opening experience, and it is with great enthusiasm that I share my story as it transpired during the early stages of introducing Yin-care Oral care to the TCM community in the United States.
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  • The Buzz About Corydalis

    by John Stan | Apr 30, 2014
    Recently, there has been an increased interest in corydalis largely due it being featured by Dr. Oz on his show and blog. Yan hu suo (corydalis) is best known for its analgesic qualities and is one of the most commonly prescribed herbs to activate qi and blood circulation to relieve pain.
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  • Springtime: Treatment of the Element Wood

    by User Not Found | Apr 30, 2014
    As the days become warmer and brighter, nature rouses from her winter slumber and looks ahead to the new growth of spring. The Wood, which has been at rest, in seed form, storing and concentrating its energy under a winter blanket, now bursts forth with new buds, new life piercing Earth's crust.
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  • NASOBIH and Anti-Aging

    by John Stan | Mar 05, 2014
    The aging process effects how our body and mind function, and how we look and feel. Our body organs begin to lose their effectiveness by 1% each year starting in our early 30s. This includes our skin which is the largest organ of our body. Other systems such as our hormones also undergo change as we age.
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  • Clinical Tip: The Relationship Between the 5 Elements & the Seasons

    by John Stan | Mar 05, 2014
    In this Clinical Tip, I would like to address the relationship between the 5 Elements and the 4 Seasons. Numerology pervades Chinese medicine very often with contradictions.
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  • Ode to Spring

    by John Stan | Mar 05, 2014
    Spring! No other time of year brings a sense of euphoric celebration as spring does. I liken the experience of joy around spring-time to having lost communication with your best friend for months, and then suddenly seeing them walk around the corner. The emotions around this reunion are full of happy intensity... you are back... I missed you... you bring lightness, laughter and ease, and you signal the coming of good times. Yes, seeing the first bud blossom at spring time is like seeing your old friend again with all the above emotions dancing in joyful play.
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  • In Praise of the Lowly Clinician

    by John Stan | Mar 05, 2014
    I want to express my admiration for the acupuncturist/herbalist that maintains a practice, day-in, day-out, every week, save for those few weeks they can manage to get away. They are unsung heroes, often invisible in their communities, save for their patients, successful in their ability to persevere and keep the practice going. It is very difficult to maintain a clinic without the support of institutionalized medicine, and various stressors constantly challenge the independent practitioner.
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  • 2014 - Year of the Horse Forecast

    by John Stan | Jan 31, 2014
    January 31, 2014 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Wood Horse or Green Jade Horse because there will be good luck and more wealth coming for many people. The Horse is a fundamentally a Fire creature, so this year the elements of Wood and Fire are in harmony with Yang Wood sitting on top of Fire.
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  • The Shortest Day and the Warmest Treatment

    by User Not Found | Dec 21, 2013
    Article written by Yair Maimon - Today is the winter solstice (December 21st ), when the day is shortest and the night is longest. At noon, the sun appears at its lowest altitude above the horizon. From the point of view of Chinese medical science, this is yin of yin. Chinese New Year occurs on the 2nd New Moon after the Winter Solstice.
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  • Using Acutonics for Stress Reduction & Self Care

    by User Not Found | Dec 21, 2013
    This article was written by Ellen Franklin, MA (ABD) - The Acutonics® methodology for the therapeutic use and application of tuning forks is a unique, energy-based approach to wellness that is rooted in Oriental medicine, Taoist philosophy, and depth psychology. This accessible non-invasive modality provides an adjunct therapy that can be easily integrated into the practice of Oriental medicine, massage and bodywork, and many other health care disciplines.
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  • A White Winter's Psalm

    by John Stan | Dec 20, 2013
    A Psalm is defined as a sacred song or poem of celebration. With winter now in full gear, the cold contractive force of this time of year slows things down. This slowing of Nature also has an inward movement that brings along with it a stillness and dormancy. Nature goes deep within, seeds lie tucked away in frozen soil. It is as if the expanded coil of life’s energy contracts back to its most condensed state. In its stillness, this coil harbours a tremendous potential
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  • Introducing NASOBIH Skin Care System

    by User Not Found | Dec 20, 2013
    Article written by Kelly Kitchen - At Eastern Currents, we strive to stay abreast of new quality products in the market that will assist you, the practitioner, in providing quality care to your patients. So when we met the developers of a line of skin care called NASOBIH (Naturally Accelerated System for Outer Beauty and Inner Health) we were excited, and here's why.
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  • Time Based Acupuncture – Harnessing the Power of the Universe

    by User Not Found | Dec 20, 2013
    Article written by Dr. Armin Koch, MD - What distinguishes a good acupuncturist from better acupuncturist? Or how can the astonishing results with only a few needles of a real master be explained, although he applies the same acupuncture points and strategies as any well trained main stream acupuncturist? A possible answer is the integration of the time aspect into the acupuncture treatment. The best treatment for a patient is not only the application of the correct acupuncture points according to his condition, but also the choice of the open acupuncture points at the actual treatment time.
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  • Acupuncture Treatment of the Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint

    by User Not Found | Dec 20, 2013
    Article written by Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is a commonly injured site on the shoulder and thus may be a likely pain generator. Or in TCM language, a site of stagnation of Qi and blood. Injury may be due to separation of the joint and/or sprain to the acromioclavicular ligament. This injury is common to many types of activities and may be seen as a sports injury with skiers, snowboarders, and cyclists. It can also can occur from a simple fall from a skateboard or a ladder or result from a direct blow to the shoulder.
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  • Protectival - New Options in Managing Cancer Care

    by John Stan | Nov 05, 2013
    I was honored to have the opportunity last month to spend some time with Dr. Yair Maimon, lead researcher on the formula “Protectival”. As we mentioned in our previous article, Protectival is a compound made of 14 botanicals that have anti-cancer and immune modulating effects.
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  • Cuts Like a Knife – Fall, Moving Towards Winter

    by John Stan | Nov 05, 2013
    Perched 14 feet above our office windows, balancing on our sturdy trellis, I snipped away at our robust wisteria. Why? Because enough was enough! Our beautiful wisteria was beginning to invade spaces that it did not belong, and if action was not taken, its beauty would soon become a menace to our office.
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  • COMS 2014 - Supporting Life Through the Seasons of Change

    by John Stan | Nov 05, 2013
    COMS 2014 is coming up and we are gearing-up to offer, yet again, another exciting line up of speakers. The nature of an Acupuncture/TCM focused practice is to support a vibrant life for our patients.
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  • Make Homemade Yogurt with Plantbiotics

    by User Not Found | Aug 30, 2013
    Plantbiotic probiotics can do more than just keep your gut flora healthy and thriving. We discovered how with a few simple steps, some time and some milk, Plantbiotic probiotics can be used to make delicious and nutritious yogurt!
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  • Protectival: New Licensed NHP for Oncology and Immune Compromised Patients

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2013
    Eastern Currents is very excited to announce the introduction of Protectival: A new Natural Health Product licensed by Health Canada (HC). Based on more than two decades of research and clinical experience, Protectival , (clinical trial name: LCS101) is LifeBiotics’ product, which has shown benefit for oncology patients.
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  • Help is Here: YYC Acupuncture Relief Project (YARP)

    by John Stan | Aug 29, 2013
    In June 2013, Calgary and Southern Alberta experienced the worst flooding in Province history. In the days after the rain finally stopped in Calgary, the power was out and no businesses were open. It was eerily silent on what would have otherwise been a busy day in the downtown core. In the midst of the devastation there was definitely some positive human connection happening.
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