|Welcome Spring!||April 2014|
The long awaited change from Winter to Spring has finally arrived. Winter is a time to conserve energy and reduce activity while! Spring is a time of regeneration and new beginnings. As the trees and shrubs start budding with the onset of spring, we start to loosen up as energy in the body begins to move up and out. Because this has been an especially long winter you may find that your body is 'out of sorts' right now - becoming sick, low energy or more headaches than usual. It is important to take care of your health this Spring by coming for regular acupuncture treatments and making appropriate lifestyle changes to live according to the Spring season. Read the newsletter below to learn more on how you can stay healthy this Spring!
Amanda Merenda, B.Sc, R.Ac, R.Kin
Acupuncturist & Kinesiologist
2174 Major Mackenzie Dr. Maple, ON
647.299.4631 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring: The Wood Season
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory there are 5 Elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. All changes in the universe and in your body occur according to one of these five distinct stages. Each stage is associated with a particular time of year, a specific element in nature, and a pair of organs in the body.
Spring is represented by the Wood element and dominates the Liver and Gall Bladder. Since the Liver and Gall Bladder are primary organs for toxin elimination in your body, Spring is a great time to begin a cleanse or new health regimen. Your appetite will ease as your body shakes off the need to store energy the way it did over the Winter. People who want to lose weight can take advantage of the natural trends of spring to help them be more active and eat less.
The colour green corresponds to Spring and the Liver. Therefore, eating g
reen and leafy vegetables (such as Kale, Collards, Spinach and Mint) help by cleansing the Liver and freshening the body. Dandelion also works well as a spring cleanser. A balanced diet with a variety of juices such as citrus fruits, pear, apple, celery and carrot is very helpful. Sprouts from seeds such as beans, mung, and radish are valuable for spring cleansing as well.
The Liver organ dominates the emotion of Anger. If you are emotionally imbalanced during the Spring it will often be expressed as outbursts of anger, irritability or increased frustration. This indicates an imbalance in the Liver organ and can be effectively treated with Acupuncture. Additionally, if the Liver is in a good, healthy state we are able to make decisions and follow through with our creative visions. This is a great time of year to begin new projects. When the liver energy is deficient we may lack the ability to make decisions or follow through with them. On the contrary, when this energy is excessive we may become "work-aholics," so determined to accomplish our goals that we neglect our needs or our personal relationships. Like everything in life balance is key to maintaining good health
|Herbal Tea For Preventing Colds
As the temperature changes from the cold dormant Winter to the new-life of Spring a lot of people will find themselves getting sick. Here is a quick herbal tea to make to help prevent and treat colds (makes 1 serving):
Function and indication: dispersing cold. It treats those who are prone to catching colds, and feel chills, sneezing and stuffy nose.
Ingredients: Perilla leaf 30 grams, fresh ginger root 5 slices, brown sugar to taste (optional).
Preparation: place ingredients in a pot with 2 cups water, bring to boil, and reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Strain out herb. Drink tea warm
*Perilla leaf can be found at T&T Supermarket*
Amanda Merenda is a graduate of York University's Kinesiology and Health Science Program. She studied Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Medical Acupuncture and incorporates both styles into her treatments. Amanda believes building a strong practitioner-patient relationship is the key to successful treatment outcomes and will work with you one-on-one in order to address all your health concerns and help you reach your health goals.
B.Sc, R.Ac, R.Kin
Holistic Health Clinic
2174 Major Mackenzie Dr. (at Keele)
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2174 Major Mackenzie Dr.
Maple, Ontario L6A 3Y8
Amanda Merenda, B.Sc, R.Ac,
647.299.4631 OR 905.553.9255