Archive for August 2014

Beat the Heat–24 Hours Vancouver

Though summer is winding down, the weather report in Vancouver still calls for a rise in temperature again next week, so here are some reminder tips about how to stay cool and also how to manage insect stings. Beat the heat — don’t let it beat you _ Vancouver 24 hrs

Rock Doc tentI wrote this article when I volunteered with RockDoc for the Pemberton Music Festival. As the day approached, I realized that my usual event treatments were always sporting ones. What would I do at a concert festival? Conventional medicine is strong for emergency care. What could I offer with my acupuncture needles?

My role was to do triage as patients entered our tent. We saw lots of foot blisters, hangover headaches, and drug reactions, but also a few strains and sprains. What was great was that the team there (all conventional care providers–nurses, MDs, medical students, emergency responders) were happy to see me pull out my bag of needles boxes. 

Even though many of them had worked 4 long days with very little sleep, RockDoc’s team of volunteers were a well-oiled machine, remembering that they were there to offer their knowledge and skills, but not forgetting that their caring words, touch, and manner were just as important.

ankle sprain acupuncture


Pemberton Music Festival



Mango recipes: Mango Lassi and Mango Millet Salad

Yum! Mangoes. 

Mangoes have been called one of the most consumed fruits of the world. And no wonder. They are delicious–that’s why I’ve needed to include not my usual one, but two, recipes this month. They also have many health benefits. Rich in beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, they help treat and prevent eye disease, asthma, and cancer, while their fibre supports digestive and heart health. But don’t eat too many, as they create Heat in the body and can aggravate mouth ulcers.

Mango Millet Salad
Serves 4
This recipe was originally called Easy Mango Millet Salad, and it is indeed easy to make. Millet has not enjoyed the same popularity as its grain relatives wheat or rice, but it is a gluten-free grain that you should keep on hand. It's easy to cook, has a beautiful soft texture (my husband recently had dental work done and was grateful for that characteristic!), and takes on the flavour of whatever you add to it.
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  1. 1 cup millet
  2. 1 large mango, sliced into ½ inch pieces lengthwise (or just generally chopped into chunks, as I did)
  3. 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  4. 1 cup of your choice of vegetable (I used broccoli and cauliflower, but the original recipe used onions and peppers)
  5. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  6. 2 tsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  7. 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  8. pinch ground cardamom
  9. pinch fresh orange zest
  10. sea salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Cook millet on the stove top according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked millet, mango and veggies.
  3. In a small bowl, combine oil, orange juice, vinegar, cardamom, orange zest, sea salt and pepper. Drizzle over millet mixture and serve immediately.
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC
Mango Lassi
Serves 4
Some would have an ice cold beer to cool down. Though I may have used a beer glass, I prefer this mango lassi as a great way to cool down spicy foods. I don't eat much hot spicy stuff--some would say I don't eat spicy at all, as my version of hot is very, very mild to most-- and I rarely have dairy, but I do enjoy this drink from time to time.
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  1. 454 mL container plain organic yogurt (oops! I originally had typo'd "yoga")
  2. 1/2 cup plain almond, coconut or rice milk
  3. 3 fresh ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped
  4. 1 ice cube
  5. 1 Tbsp honey
  6. 1 tsp peeled and grated ginger root, pulp only
  7. 1/4 tsp cardamom
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
Adapted from Modified from Irene McGuinness at Alive Magazine
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC


Iyengar, Yoga, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

24 Hours logoI am a relatively new student of yoga, under four years, and I had known only very fundamental knowledge about BKS Iyengar. I knew that he was one of yoga’s most important and well-known teachers, having brought yoga to the West, and I knew that he recommended the use of props to assist safe practice. 

This man was a great teacher and a passionate and dedicated yogi who could still do inversions into his 90s. He died at age 95, but his legacy lives on, and as I researched about his life and his teachings, I came to realize that there are many similarities to TCM. For that article, click here: Yoga slows chatter of the mind _ Vancouver 24 hrs

SUP Yoga BKS Iyengar quote

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga, me in front, my teacher in back.

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