Anatomy of an Acupuncture Needle

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP Ever wonder what an acupuncture needle is made of? For many people who have never had acupuncture, it is the thought of many needles being put into the body that is unappealing. As someone who strongly dislikes having blood taken or having freezing at the dentist because of the needles involved, I can completely empathize. But, I am here to tell...

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How My Curse Became My Gift.

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP I was a sensitive child. I felt things deeply. But when you are little you don’t understand this about yourself. I always found it hard to be in a room with a lot of people. I could FEEL what everyone in the room was feeling. It was overwhelming. Because of this, I spent a lot of time by myself. This wasn’t the only reason. I grew up an only...

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Recipe for Health & Longevity – Ginseng Congee

Invigorating the Qi Recipe – Ginseng Congee This recipe is for invigorating the Qi, increasing the function of the immune system, increasing your adaptability adapt to the environment and strengthening the function of tissues and organs in the body. Symptoms of Qi deficiency: Fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, pale complexion, sweating with little or...

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Ultimate Health – It’s All About Balance…

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP 2014 is supposed to be an auspicious year. For the first time in 19 years, the new year started on a new moon, or super moon, which is defined as a new or full moon that occurs with the moon at or near within 90% of its closest approach to earth. The themes for this year are major detox and cleansing and letting go which prepares us for rebirth...

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History and Development of Internal Martial Arts in China

Watch this episode from CCTV English on the history and development of the internal martial arts in China, the most notable of which is Tai Chi Chuan and learn why martial arts are not just a fighting system, but an important part of healthy living for mind, body and spirit. Running time 25:53 mins Original link here – Chinese Martial Arts – Internal Martial...

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Rejuvenating 4 Super Herbs Chicken Soup – Winter Recipe

By Vicky Chan of NourishU In Chinese Medicine, eating according to the seasons is vital to health and longevity. Eating well in winter is necessary to provide enough reserve and energy to our bodies to fight the extreme coldness. Besides, winter is also the time when our bodies are going through a lot of rejuvenation and renewal processes. Therefore, it is important to...

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Winter – The Water Element

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP Much of Chinese Medicine is based on the theory of the five elements, or Wu Xing. Each element has many associations, including a season, both a yin and a yang organ, colour, direction, taste and emotions. Below is a list of the seasons, their elements, organs and the emotions associated with them. Summer – Fire  - Heart – Joy Late...

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Contributor Vincent Pratchett’s New Book The Raven’s Warrior Chosen for 2014 World Book Night List

Chinese Medicine Living friend and contributor Vincent Pratchett – a full time firefighter, martial artist and new author, made the front page of the Toronto Star today as his first novel – The Raven’s Warrior has been chosen for 2014′s World Book Night. His new book has also won the 2013 USA Best Book Award for visionary fiction — handed out by...

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Elimination Issues – How to have a Happy Colon

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP As an acupuncturist, I spend my days talking to people about their poops. Colour, texture, consistency and smell are all discussed in detail in an attempt to ascertain what is happening inside the body, how food is being digested and the overall health of the individual. At first, this is sometimes difficult for people to talk about, and even...

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Interview with a Paramedic / Firefighter

What paramedics & firefighters can teach us about health & humanity By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Wayne Fitzpatrick, and as soon as I found out he was a paramedic and firefighter, my mind instantly started wondering about all the things he saw in his job. I had a million questions. Which I probably asked. And I thought, how...

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Eight Treasures Dessert – The Nutrient Powerhouse

By Vicky Chan of NourishU Warming & Nourishing Dessert In winter months, we all tend to eat more to keep warm and exercise less, therefore it is hard to avoid packing on extra pounds. Especially with all the festivities and celebrations happening at the same time, surely we will be tempted to indulge in more heavy, greasy and high calorie foods. The worst culprit are...

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New Years Resolutions: Go With the Flow……

By Dr. Brenda Yanofsky, AP, DOM, EdD, NCCAOM Diplomate Ac With the changing seasons and the New Year arriving, it is time to review and reconnect for the New Year. As an acupuncture physician and psychologist, I always look toward alternative medicine techniques to create an artistic template for new growth and new perceptions. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese...

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First Aid / CPR is Hard Core.

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP This is a post that I wrote years ago after I took my first CPR/First Aid course. I thought as it fits in with the theme this month (and it makes me laugh), that it might be an entertaining read. I hope you like it. :) Let me just say that I have a renewed respect for all those people who arrive on scene at an accident, meeting people often on the...

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Thank You.

On this day of thanks, we would like to thank everyone around the world who has supported Chinese Medicine Living this past year, you are all the reason we do what we do. We would also like to thank Chinese Medicine for being so awesome and such an inspiration....

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Traditional Chinese Medicine + Modern Fashion = Awesome

Have You Seen This Dress? By Emma Suttie, D.Ac Have you seen this dress? Well I have, and it is awesome. Those are meridians and acupuncture points on the dress if it isn’t immediately obvious. : ) I was instantly intrigued and suspected the designer was a lover of Chinese medicine. I am very happy to announce that her Chinese medicine inspired designs will now...

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Chinese Herbs – Ancient Wisdom for the Modern World

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP A Brief History Traditional Chinese Medicine is the oldest medical system on the planet. It predates the rise of the Roman empire, the discovery of electricity and the life of Jesus. The Chinese have been using herbs to treat illnesses for thousands of years, and that knowledge is still with us today and very much a part of the present system of...

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Chinese Yam – Nourishing to Spleen, Lungs & Kidneys

By Vicky Chan of NourishU Chinese Yam (Dioscorea opposita) is called Shan Yao (山藥/山药) in Chinese. It is a spindle-shaped, thick, hard root or tuber up to 1 meter in length and is white on the inside. It is used as both a nutritious food and medicine because of its large amounts of mucilage, which is a thick and slimy substance that has a soothing effect on mucous...

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Celebrating Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day – The Love Gallery

Happy AOM Day!! Today – October 24th – is National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine day. It is a day to celebrate! I know that Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is something I live, eat and breathe every day, and I do love it. Deeply. Passionately. Profoundly. So, for all Acupuncture and Oriental medicine has given to me, I wanted to show it how much I (and...

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Living with the Seasons – Autumn / Fall

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac Autumn is the season where the hot summer days gradually become shorter, and the leaves begin to change, presenting us with their beautiful colours before they fall off the trees to prepare for the coming winter. There is a cold in the air that signals us to start putting away our summer clothes and get out warmer clothing for the coming cold weather....

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Snow-Ear Mushroom – The Natural Internal Moisturizer for our Bodies

By Vicky Chan of NourishU The best part of Chinese food culture is to eat according to the seasons. With fall in the air and the weather getting dryer, it is important to eat foods that can combat dryness and promote vital fluids to lubricate our lungs, joints and skin. The best food that can do just that is snow-ear mushroom. The botanical name is Tremella fuciformis....

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Candida – Causes & Food Therapy in Chinese Medicine

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac Chinese Medicine & the Immune System Chinese medicine‘s view of the immune system is based on Qi. In Chinese medicine there are many types of Qi, and the body is protected by a specific type of Qi, called Wei Qi or protective Qi. This Qi circulates on the exterior of the body, protecting it from external pathogens – one of the causes...

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I Know Kung Fu.

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac Ever since I can remember I have loved kung fu. It is hard to pinpoint where the love came from, but there are a couple of possibilities. I am a child of hippies, and grew up in a house filled with music, ethnic food and martial arts. My parents are martial artists – Aikidoists – and they tried, in vain, to get me into Aikido. I remember...

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Can Too Much Sex be Bad for Your Health? Sex and Chinese Medicine

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac SEX. There, I said it. It seems that sex is everywhere in Western culture, plastered on billboards, all over TV and in magazine ads – scantily clad beautiful people looking seductive and, well, sexy. So lets talk about sex and its role in our health. Sex, or our drive to reproduce, is hard wired and a very primal physiological need. But sex has...

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Winter Melon Healing Properties and Recipe

Winter Melon for Summer Heat By Vicky Chan of NourishU Winter Melon/Wax Gourd/Tong Qwa Winter melon is one of the most common, easy and fast growing fruit-vegetables in summer. Each plant can produce numerous large fruits on vines like watermelons up until late fall, and each melon can weigh up to 50 pounds. The reason why it is called winter melon is because it can be...

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Curing Disease with Nutrition – Using Food as Medicine

By Emma Suttie, D.Ac, AP Nutrition and dietary therapy is an essential aspect of Chinese medicine. The Chinese have known for thousands of years the direct correlation between what we eat and our health. Even before the development of acupuncture and Chinese herbs, foods were used by traditional peoples to heal diseases and build immunity. The Chinese medicine model of...

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