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Acupuncture to Help Relieve Seasonal Allergies

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

By Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to treat seasonal allergies. Acupuncture treatments help support the immune system and balance the organ systems involved to help alleviate any symptoms.

Seasonal allergies are a response to environmental substances and symptoms can range from itchy and watery eyes, itchy throat, full sinuses, fuzzy head, tiredness, cough, to sneezing.

Acupuncture sessions leading into or during allergy season can be very helpful in balancing the body’s response to the allergens along with some diet changes.

Please contact Anna Totzke, R.Ac. if you have any questions.

Stop Staring, it’s starting to get weird

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

I recently saw this quote written by a friend and it made me laugh out loud.  I love laughing out loud…it doesn’t happen that often but when it does, I take notice.

By the way, your past called to say, stop staring, it’s starting to get weird.”

Dr. Rajesh Ragbir, N.D.

If my past could talk she’d definitely yell this out with a few other words as a reminder to move on, to stop being stuck.  It’s so easy to get stuck though, to stop and stare.  Part of the staring can be helpful – to reflect, to learn and understand how to change outcomes in the future, but so much of the staring is the opposite of helpful.  Why I love this quote so much is the friendly and humour-filled reminder points out that the staring is weird.  Just like if you caught someone staring at you for long periods of time, it’s weird.  You can’t do anything about it, so stop staring, stop ruminating, stop beating yourself up over a moment that is done.

So much about getting better on all levels of our being, whether that be the emotional, the mental or the physical is about moving on…not being stuck.  Yes, reflection is important and necessary at times, but the staring…not so much.  What a fun and playful reminder Dr. Ragbir, N.D. gave us with these words.  I hope if you catch yourself staring at the past, that you’ll gently remind yourself to stop and maybe in that moment, you’ll stare around at the now where real change can take place and where you can actually do something about it.

Dr. Amanda Cressman, N.D.

Homemade Coconut Yogurt that actually tastes Great!

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

I have been wanting to make yogurt for some time, as I grew up in a home where homemade yogurt was the only yogurt we consumed.  But I have a daughter with a dairy sensitivity so I wanted to make a coconut yogurt that not only tasted great but was actually thick and delicious like the greek yogurts available now.  Many of the coconut yogurts on the market are delicious but the stabilizers and gums don’t always agree with me.  So I needed to get creative and find a solution.

I was grateful to find a recipe that worked and for my Instant Pot that made it possible.  (An Instant Pot is an amazing device that is a yogurt maker, rice cooker, steamer, pressure cooker, slow cooker, warming pot and sautes all in one.  It’s amazing and has helped me make delicious foods in minutes compared to hours…and I have no affiliation with this company, just a big fan).

So, I made a great recipe from Amanda Naturally (not me…but a wonderful Holistic Nutritionist that makes delicious recipes).  I followed her recipe but instead of using a yogurt starter I used 3 probiotic capsules from my favourite probiotic and 2 tbsp of local maple syrup.  I also used a smidge more gelatin as I like my yogurt thick but may stick to the recipe next time.

It’s delicious and a great alternative for anyone wanting to make a dairy alternative yogurt that really tastes wonderful.  See what you think.




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Getting your ZZZzzzs with the Help of Acupuncture

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

By Anna Totzke, Registered Acupuncturist

Insomnia effects most of us at some point during our lives whether it
be one night or spanning over years. For many, getting enough sleep is
an on-going issue which can be frustrating and can affect their
quality of life.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective, Insomnia indicates a disharmony
of the internal organs. These imbalances are often caused by stress,
excessive emotion (anxiety, worry, grief, anger), over-thinking,
irregular diet (late night eating, not eating enough, poor diet),
excessive physical work, irregular working hours, poor blood quality,
or a combination of the above. Acupuncture has shown to be effective
in treating Insomnia and the stresses affecting the physical body.

Do you experience any of these symptoms?

Types of Insomnia and the Related Organ Imbalance:

-Difficulty falling but once asleep, stays asleep= Blood/Heart disharmony
-Wake frequently, often feeling hot = Heart or Kidney imbalance
-Repeated waking around 2-4 a.m., worse with stress= Liver imbalance
-Lots of wild dreaming, talking during sleep, sleepwalking = Heart or
Liver imbalance
-Recurrent nightmares that cause waking = Heart and Gall Bladder imbalance
-Waking with palpitations and panic attacks = Heart and Kidney imbalance
-Chronic insomnia with feverishness at night but no sweating = Blood imbalance
-Difficult falling asleep, light sleeper, over-thinking in the
night=Spleen and/or Heart imbalance
-Lack of peaceful sleep, stomach discomfort of fullness, annoyance at
not sleeping = Stomach and Bowels Imbalance
-No sleep at all, headaches, irritability, tinnitus, bitter taste =
Liver Imbalance

Acupuncture is a wonderful and effective way to help Insomnia.
Acupuncture points are selected on the body that affect sleep and the
organs that are out of balance. Acupuncture also effectively helps:
anxiety, depression, stress, headaches, and pain in the body which all
have an impact on the quality of sleep.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Anna Totzke, R.Ac.

Study: Acupuncture Improves Fertility in Men, Too

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by Dr. Amanda Sue Cressman

A study published in Acupuncture Today outlines the positive effects of acupuncture treatments to help with male infertility.

The study showed:

  • Significant improvement in sperm motility levels
  • A dramatic increase in the number of healthy sperm (increased more than four-fold)
  • Improvement in sperm structure and quality

To view the full study please follow the article link:

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment that not only helps with female fertility but male fertility. If you are interested in learning more about how acupuncture can help reach pregnancy naturally or along with ART, please feel free to contact Anna Totzke,  Registered Acupuncturist,

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