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Energetic Acupressure: Nourish Your Highest Potential

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

By Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Along with Clinical Acupuncture points selected through Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis (TCM), Anna also applies Energetic Acupressure in treatments.

12 Energetic Acupressure points are selected for their ability to help clear, and balance the mind, body, and spirit of patterns that pull ourselves away from our True selves. These patterns, often debilitating, are usually caused by past traumas, stuck/negative views of one self or abilities, loss, and ideas/patterns from childhood that no longer serve in adulthood, etc. that can inhibit us from growing and succeeding.

At certain times in our lives we can feel very disconnected from ourselves or forget who we are. Energetically, certain life events/traumas can “hook in” creating a sense of stuck-ness and/or physical discomfort, and ungroundedness. Energetic Acupressure points helps release this stuck energy.

In TCM, our emotional, spiritual, and physical wellbeing are closely tied. When one level is affected, all levels will be affected. When healing occurs, it happnes on all levels. Through Acupuncture and Energetic Acupressure, deep healing can occur on all levels creating a sense of wellbeing, and clarity to help you step forward and nourish your highest potential.

If you have any questions about Energetic Acupressure or Acupuncture, please feel to contact Anna Totzke, R.Ac.

Change of Season

Posted on: November 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

The change of seasons can often bring unwelcome colds, coughs and sore throats.  There is so much that can be done to prevent bugs from making your life difficult.  We often forgot those age-old supports that really do make a difference.  But the reality is, sometimes these lifestyle supports are not enough to fight off a bug.  We can’t always eat cleanly, sleep well/long enough or stay away from others who are sick.  Naturopathic medicine has a great deal of support to offer, whether with botanicals to boost immunity or fight off infection the moment you feel something coming on, homeopathics to help treat coughs or sore throats, natural cough syrups that are safe for children and adults or acupuncture to relieve sinus congestion.  You need to have your options available for ensuring you avoid feeling the nasty effects of a bacteria/virus.

So try your best this season to take good care of yourself with these tips and if you need extra support, Naturopathic Medicine can do wonders to get you feeling better quickly.

Age old tips to help you avoid getting sick:

Sleep – more than usual.  Even though it’s unrealistic to wakeup with sunrise and sleep with sunset, the fall/winter season ask us to spend longer time sleeping with the long nights.  Try to get to bed sooner, especially when you are feeling the onset of a cold.

Fluids – keep drinking as much as possible and opt for water.  Try to decrease caffeine, which dehydrates your body and if you’re wanting flavor, drink herbal teas or diluted juices.  Alcohol depresses our ability to fight infection as well…so water and herbal teas really are best.

Eating Clean – fall/winter season is the time of year we want to eat more calorically dense foods and unfortunately what we usually turn to is desserts and sugar.  Do your best to avoid sweets, especially when you are feeling under the weather, as sugar depresses our ability to fight infection.  Try to eat as clean as possible, especially in the winter months.

Hand washing – kill the bacteria/viruses that we may have been in contact with and literally wash them off of you.  Some hand products kill them but you want them off your body to avoid ingestion or inhalation.

Protect your neck – this is one we often to forget about, but if you leave the house with wet hair (especially if it’s long) or go for a run without wearing a scarf or jacket with a high collar, you are exposing your neck, which can send a chill throughout the body and set the stage for infection.  In Chinese Medicine the back of the neck is considered important to protect because if it becomes cold, it can influence if a bug you were exposed to will manifest into infection or not.

Move your body – whether if exercising, dancing, rebounding – move that body to sweat out toxins, mobilize mucus and increase circulation.  Everything will feel better if this is a part of your daily routine.

Change of Season Outside and in my Belly

Posted on: August 29th, 2012 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Tonight I had a craving for two of my favourite foods: apples and oats.  The best combination I have found is apple crisp, but an oatmeal cookie crumbled in apple sauce is a close second.  It is the time of year where we find our food cravings shifting…from light, cool based foods to more hearty, dense and warming ones.

You may wonder what is a light, cool based food?  It’s an excellent question and one rooted in Chinese Medicine that incorporates using different foods for each season.  Let’s look at lettuce as an example.  Availability in our region is usually June to September.  This corresponds with high temperatures outside.  Try eating a salad or a few leaves of lettuce.  How do you feel?  Do you feel warm?  Do you feel chilled?  What is your overall temperature like and how does your digestion feel after?  Eating lettuce in the summer season generally feels wonderful digestively but trying to do so mid winter, usually has a different outcome…generally one of feeling bloated and cold.  Try it out sometime on a cold winter day eating a salad for lunch and watch how your body talks.

Our next example will be sweet potatoes.  Availability in our region is usually August to December.  Usually we eat this cooked or baked often as fries, in soups or mashed.  Even if you are consuming this food cold…how do you feel after eating it?  Are you warm?  Are you chilled?  Do you feel heavy or light and how is your digestion?

Each food has it’s own properties and we generally try to create balance in our bodies to that of our external environment.  In Winter we crave starches, root vegetables, desserts, warm drinks and generally wanting our food hot.  In Summer we are wanting the opposite: fruits, like melons, salads, raw vegetables and always putting ice cubes in our drinks.  Spring and Fall have their own variety but are the transition seasons from Winter and Summer.

Not only does this follow Eating with the Seasons and eating locally, it also makes sense digestively.

Watch your cravings over the next few weeks as we transition into fall season and allow for change in your grocery list as your body desires to be supported for the colder temperatures that are coming.  Your tummy will thank you for it.

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Acupuncture…What is it Good For?

Posted on: April 13th, 2010 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

Do you have any of the following?


-Neck Pain/Lower Back Pain


-Hot Flashes/Menopause

-Sports Injuries


-Weight Issues



-Carpal Tunnel

-Sinus Congestion

-Chronic Fatigue

-Menstrual Pain/Fibroids/Endometriosis

-Irritable Bowels

-Pain Management

If you have any of the above conditions, acupuncture is something you may want to consider. It is a safe and effective therapy used to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.

Acupuncture follows the theory that there are 12 main energy channels that run throughout the body. They are called Meridians and along these channels there are Acupuncture Points, 365 to be exact. I find this interesting – corresponding to the 12 months and 365 days of the year.

Qi (prounounced ‘chi’) flows along these meridian lines and is the equivalent to our idea of life force or energy.

The premise of Acupuncture is that disease is the manifestation of blocked energy (Qi) and inserting the needle at the affected point will help the flow of energy and help treat the disease/condition.

Imagine a knee post surgery with the swelling, inflammation and lack of mobility. Needles inserted close to the knee joint can increase range of motion, move the excess fluid out and get you on your feet, recovering sooner than to be expected.

Acupuncture has hit the media in recent years in regards to it’s importance in fertility/hormonal issues. Many women are finding success in achieving pregnancy and modulating hot flashes, headaches, menstrual pain, PMS and endometriosis.

You may be thinking, what does it feel like to have those needles inserted? Does it hurt? And that is a fair question, one that is always asked before treatment. The first time acupuncture was done on me, I was nervous. But the needles don’t hurt…there are a few that are more sensitive than others, usually on your hands or feet, but otherwise you don’t notice much. Nothing that a nice breath in and out won’t distract your mind from.

The one thing you do feel, which is important is the Qi. This may be experienced like a gentle energetic flow, buzzing, heaviness or movement. Whatever it is for you, it is important to feel, knowing the Qi is moving and circulating throughout your body.

Although something you may not be familiar with, it is a painless and effective treatment for a variety of concerns. In this busy world of ours, taking some time to balance yourself and your Qi energy, it can make the world of a difference.

Naturopathic Doctors are trained extensively to perform acupuncture safe and effectively.

If interested, please contact:Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman, N.D.

April is National Poetry Month

Posted on: April 9th, 2010 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

In Chinese Medicine, we often speak of the Yin Yang Balance that governs health and wellness. This concept looks at the duality in all things, appreciating that both are needed for wholeness.

Here is a poem, reflecting on this thought.

If you want to become whole,

Let yourself be partial.

If you want to become straight,

Let yourself be crooked.

If you want to become full,

Let yourself be empty.

If you want to be reborn,

Let yourself die.

If you want to be given everything,

Give everything up.

Tao Te Ching

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