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Q & A: What conditions can benefit from Ayurveda?

Posted on: November 30th, 2023 by Anna Totzke

With Senthil Krishnasamy, Ayurvedic Practitioner

Moxibustion: Some Ways I Use it in Clinic

Posted on: November 24th, 2023 by Anna Totzke

by Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Moxibustion is a wonderful tool that is most often used alongside acupuncture, cupping, or tuina (acupressure massage).

Moxibustion refers to the burning of moxa, prepared from mugwort leaves. It is most commonly used in addition to Acupuncture.

Moxa is placed either directly on the skin or held just above it, over specific acupoints or meridians. The herb is lit and heat permeates the skin and affects the blood flow and warms the area being treated. Some examples of uses is: Immune system strengthening, chronic low energy, chronic fatigue, cold hands/feet, during pregnancy to turn a baby in breech position, anemia, for fertility, and more.

The most common form of Moxibustion that I use is a smokeless “moxa” stick (as shown in the photo above).

Acupuncture in Early Pregnancy

Posted on: November 16th, 2023 by Anna Totzke

by Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is safe and effective during pregnancy and is a drug-free option.

Prediabetes Health with Holistic Nutrition

Posted on: November 4th, 2023 by TouchStone Health

by Swapna Viswanathan, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

It is unrealistic to think one size fits all in any nutrition plan because our bodies are different and unique regarding what we like, absorb, digest and what is sustainable for our lifestyle.
Nutrition interventions can be effective in preventing prediabetes from advancing into diabetes. Changing one’s lifestyle, modifying one’s diet, and adding appropriate physical activities, all lead to losing weight, and can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Nutritional therapies and interventions can lead to weight loss because the calories are now derived from healthier substitutes, which is the foremost contributing factor in reducing the risk of diabetes (Yau et al., 2020). Studies have shown that low GI diets can be an effective intervention diet for improving the symptoms of prediabetes and diabetes.

Two Quick & Easy Recipes to Start Your Day:

Dragon fruit Avocado Smoothie

• ½ cup water or almond milk
• ¼ medium avocado
• ½ lemon juice
• ¾ cup frozen pitaya or dragon fruit
• one teaspoon agave or monk fruit (optional)
• Add water/almond milk, avocado, lemon juice, pitaya/dragon fruit and agave/monk fruit (optional) to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Morning Smoothie

• ½ cup coconut water filtered water, or almond milk
• ¼ avocado
• one pitted organic date
• one teaspoon of hemp hearts
• ½ cup organic blueberries and raspberries
• 12 organic baby spinach
• ½ lemon juice
Add coconut water/water/almond milk, avocado, lemon juice, blueberries, raspberries, spinach hemp hearts, and date to a blender. Blend until smooth.

Along with nutritional intervention, one can also add acupuncture, head and body massages and visit a naturopathic doctor for an integrative way of optimizing their health.

We have a very knowledgeable and compassionate team at TouchStone Health Clinic to walk along with you in your health journey.

Swapna Viswanathan R.H.N.

Yau, J. W., Thor, S. M., & Ramadas, A. (2020). Nutritional Strategies in Prediabetes: A Scoping
Review of Recent Evidence. Nutrients, 12(10), 2990.


Acupuncture Can Help Prepare for Labour?

Posted on: October 6th, 2023 by Anna Totzke

By Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Acupuncture can help with:

Cervical Ripening

Softening of the Ligaments in the pelvis

Helping the baby get into the proper position (posterior, breech, and encourage head engagement)

Encouraging contractions if all is ready to go (cervix is ripe / ligaments are soft, etc)

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