Moxibustion is turning babies upside-down!

by Gord Grant PhD, RAc Moxibustion, the therapeutic burning of a special herb near or on a patient, is an ancient oriental practice that goes back thousands of years – it may even predate acupuncture!  It seems like a shamanistic and ritualistic practice at first, but science has turned this notion around, or rather, upside down – literally! Recent rigorous reviews of clinical research (Cochrane Reviews…see link below) have demonstrated…

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The Paleo diet revisited

The idea of a paleo diet is compelling and simple. Loren Cordain, founder of the paleo diet movement, has put forward an argument to eat more like hunter-gatherers did 15,000 years ago — before as a species we became societies of farmers. The theory claims that we have not had enough time to genetically adapt to our relatively “new” agricultural-based diets, and especially not to the processed food diets of…

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The key to pain-free acupuncture – precise electro-stimulation

Here at The Acupuncture Turning Point,  we learned acupuncture from a traditional school of Chinese medicine. As with most oriental acupuncture colleges, we were taught techniques that can create a deep achy sensation (or “de Qi” in Chinese). This is not always painful, but can be uncomfortable, especially if we come back every few minutes to twist and turn the needle as indicated! There are other traditional techniques that are…

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Primal Posture

I have always known this to be true: “You don’t know where you’re going until you’ve seen where you’ve been.” Early humans had to move their bodies in many ways to hunt and gather food and water, find and make shelter, and to defend against or attack others to survive. We had plenty of exercise and physical challenges: running, jumping, climbing, throwing, bending, crouching, etc. as we made our way….

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The Caveman Workout: Prowl like a Cheetah?

The Acupuncture Turning Point collaborates with Nicole and Len, owners of Breathe Fitness, to help our clients be at their best. Go to the Breathe Fitness website to find out more… by Nicole Lark BHK, PTS, TSCC-3   In A.J. Jacobs third New York Times bestsellers novel “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection,” he dedicates more than a year of his life to become as healthy…

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Food First…. What a Concept!

Revive Wellness is a local business in Edmonton who are affiliates we trust to send our clients for nutritional advice.  They are a team of professionals who provide customized nutrition & wellness coaching that empowers Canadians to live with energy, vitality and health.  Here is a guest blog by their leader, Loreen Wales… When dealing with health related issues, we strongly believe that food is a complementary medicine.  This couldn’t be…

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Holistic does not mean alternative

by Gord Grant, PhD, RAc The words we use to describe our healthcare systems, for good or bad, reveal our biases. First of all, our current use of “healthcare” to name our mainstream medical system has a primary focus on managing and preventing diseases.  So “healthcare” is clearly a euphemism, a term we reasonably use instead of “disease care” — understandably, we want to be positive and promote the target…

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Who is a Doula, and Why would I want her at my birth?

At the Acupuncture Turning Point we help many women with fertility issues.  Just as common at our clinic many moms receive prenatal treatments to decrease the likelihood of complications associated with delivery. We support women being informed about their birthing choices, and as such, we have invited a doula as our guest blogger this month. We introduce to you Tracy Bradley -a Birth Doula, a Reiki Master, and a Placenta…

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Scoliosis – more common than you think

Scoliosis is an unnatural lateral or sideways bending of the spine, where it looks like an “S” Curve or a “C” curve. That’s not good — the spine is best when it is straight when looking at it directly from behind.   Structural scoliosis can be a very serious condition, and is to a large part genetically determined. It is most commonly found in young females and can persist their entire…

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Captive for 9 ½ Months

The Acupuncture Turning Point collaborates with Nicole and Len, owners of Breathe Fitness, to help our clients be at their best. Go to the Breathe Fitness website to find out more… by Nicole Lark BHK, PTS, TSCC-3 Do I or don’t I want to have a child? It is a question I have asked myself many times — depending on the day it can be ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Being a…

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