Everywhere we look, literature is filled with odes to love and romance. Whether it’s feminist and social theorist Simone de Beauvoir espousing that, “She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal” or famed children’s author Dr. Seuss telling us that, “You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams,” between the pages of literature old and new, poetic or prosaic, targeted towards adults or children, we find evidence of love’s driving force.
While most of us love Love, at no time is our cultural fixation on this emotion more poignant and deeply felt than on Valentine's Day. We dress in festive shades of red and pink, decorate with hearts and cupids, and gift each other with flowers, chocolates, and love notes. Essentially, we immerse ourselves in the celebration of love and romance.
It is said that true love stories never have an ending. For many couples, this sentiment takes the...
When the winter season takes up nearly half of the year in Ottawa, most of us are more than ready to welcome spring by the time it finally rolls around. As the snow melts, the days get warmer and brighter, and beautiful, multi-coloured flowers take bloom, we experience a profound sense of renewal. Everything feels fresh and new and ripe with possibilities. We feel invigorated and ready to take on new challenges. At least, that is how many of us feel when we aren’t plagued by seasonal allergies, otherwise known as hay fever.
The Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation estimates that between twenty and twenty-five percent of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies. This means that, over the course of the year, more than seven million Canadians are laid low by the symptoms of seasonal allergies, which can include runny, watery, itchy eyes; sneezing and coughing attacks; dark circles under the eyes that don’t go away with sleep; a sore, irritated throat; fatigue; headache; and a...
As a nutritionist and unrepentant foodie, I am often asked whether a particular food is “good” or “bad.” Frequent queries involve the Pros and Cons of chocolate, coffee, dairy, meat, and carbohydrate-rich foods, such as grains and potatoes. Essentially, anything that people can't imagine a fulfilling culinary experience without.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view, there is no such thing as an absolutely definitive "good” food or "bad” food. Since we are all unique individuals, we must ask ourselves these vital questions:
Who is eating the food?
How much are they eating?
How frequently are they consuming it?
Under what conditions are they consuming it (e.g. season, climate, emotional state, etc.)?
TCM theory asserts that foods have particular values, qualities, actions, and energies. Whether or not they are good for us is dependent on the answers to the aforementioned questions. To quote a famous Chinese proverb, "Illnesses may be the same, but the persons suffering from...
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical practices in the world. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, the purpose of acupuncture is to balance body energy by increasing or decreasing the flow of Qi, or Vital Energy, through judicious selection of appropriate acupuncture points. By puncturing the skin with extremely thin needles at strategic locations on the body, TCM practitioners seek to promote optimal health and relieve specific symptoms associated with many diseases.
Acupuncture has a long history of use for treating a plethora of health conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems, such as pains and sprains, to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility. While many people are familiar with acupuncture’s ability to reduce stress and pain, did you know that acupuncture can also be used for facial rejuvenation?
As TCM evolved, practitioners discovered that many meridians, or energy pathways, either begin or end on the face. Others have int...