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I don’t know about you, but I feel like in Vancouver we went from a glorious summer to a fabulous fall, and now into the beginning of Winter. It’s been a pretty dry one, with not much rain and plenty of sunshine – however, that is not the proper cycle of nature. Perhaps Mother Nature needs a TCM tune-up! Winter is the time of Water, and while winter has only just begun, the cold sure has well arrived for weeks now. TCM tips for Winter? More on that below. Know someone who would like to know more about how TCM can help? Look for our Annual Open House in the new year!

In this issue:

  • Guide for Winter
  • Learn about patients’ experiences at the clinic!
  • Come to our Annual Experiential Open House in celebration of the Lunar New Year!

Winter is the season of Water in the Five elements, thought it hardly seems like Winter as there has been hardly any Water (rain/snow) here in Vancouver! However, this does not change the seasonal changes in temperature, light, and how we humans should also adjust. Our Guide for the Winter: In Chinese Medicine, Winter is the season of hibernation and conservation. Plants shed their leaves, their sap descends and they stay in a dormant state until the Spring. Animals retreat into their dens for months at a time. Our bodies are also in tune with this seasonal cycle. We want to sleep longer, crave for warm hearty food and want to stay home more in the winter. This is perfectly natural. Go with the flow of nature – the sun rises late and sets early – adjust your sleeping patterns accordingly and rest more during the winter. Fresh fruits are not as readily available in the winter – this is nature’s way of giving us a hint. Eating foods with a “cold” nature (raw foods, salads, iced drinks) impairs the immune and digestive system as it works harder to warm the body. Grains, beans and meat (foods easily stored in the winter) are recommended. Protect your body against the cold by bundling up and wearing a scarf.

Next is the second in our new series of YOU the patients, sharing with others your experiences at our clinic! We appreciate the contribution in helping others interested in Acupuncture and TCM:

Thank you to E. Renderos for sharing the below:

1. What have you learned (about your health, Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, health prevention etc.) at Red Tree Wellness, that you didn’t previously know?

I have learned that it is possible to take control and be empowered to heal your body.

2. Have you noticed any difference in your health since you started coming to Red Tree Wellness? If ‘Yes’ please briefly elaborate.

Yes, I’ve noticed improvement in mood, feelings of empowerment, feeling healthier and as a result feeling much happier overall.

3. Is there anything else that you would like to share about your experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture?

I love it! I look forward to my appointments and look at it as an hour where I can relax, rest my body and mind, and dedicate time for my body to heal.

Thank you to Leslie M. for sharing the below:

1. What have you learned (about your health, Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, health prevention etc.) at Red Tree Wellness, that you didn’t previously know?

I guess I’ve learned that something that Western medicine might consider symptoms on has to live with or take medicine for, Chinese medicine sees as an imbalance that can be balanced. It made me look at my aches and pains differently and with more optimism that I could get better and I did! My attitude change helped me get better faster too, I think.

2. Have you noticed any difference in your health since you started coming to Red Tree Wellness? If ‘Yes’ please briefly elaborate.

Yes! I had insomnia. I have been pretty much sleeping through the night since my first acupuncture treatment.

3. Is there anything else that you would like to share about your experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture?

Sonia has been great. She’s knowledgeable, and able to explain what might seem difficult concepts to grasp. Her obvious expertise in her field also made me feel comfortable right from the first visit.

Do you have an experience that you would like to share? Your experience can help others. Feel free to email us if you wish to share your experience – we love hearing from you! Last but not least, come to our Annual Experiential Open House for the Lunar New Year! The date is set for Wednesday February 4, 2014. Enjoy mini-treatment sessions and free consultations, lunar new year treats and tea, get your Chinese horoscope, and more! Bring anyone you know that is curious about Acupuncture and TCM – this is a perfect time to ask questions and experience some mini-treatments. Look for our flyer in the clinic and on our website in the New Year.

Enjoy the holiday season. Remember to take time for yourself and enjoy your time with your loved ones. Good health to you all!

Many blessings,

Sonia F. Tan and The Red Tree Wellness team

Sonia Tan

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