Autumn tips: Live in harmony with the Metal element.

Autumn tips: Live in harmony with the Metal element.

Your Seasonal Wellness News & Updates


  • Fall health tip
  • Featured Service
  • Upcoming Immunity Happy Hour!

Fall is one of my favourite times of the year. I enjoy the crisp cool air, and cozying up with fuzzy socks and a good tea. I also remember to wrap up with a scarf this time of year, as an easy way to prevent the cold pathogens from entering our meridians and body. The meridians at the neck are some of the key ones that fight bugs, and the warmer and more protected we keep the, the easier their job and stronger they are!

This time of year is where we begin a new series of tips based on the seasons and the phases of change. This year, our ‘newest’ but well experienced practitioner, Dr. Kathy Dang, ND, RAc, will be our guest writing about health tips in each season. Let’s read more about health tips for the fall!


Health tips for Fall 
with Dr. Kathy Dang, N.D., R.Ac.:

Did you know that house plants can improve the air you breathe? As we begin to transition from fall to winter, we find ourselves spending more and more time indoors. How can we economically improve indoor air quality, so to protect our lungs and general whole being?

In a study conducted by NASA1, common indoor house plants were investigated for their ability to absorb toxic chemicals commonly found in every household.

The study investigated the 3 common chemicals:

found in foam insulation, particle or pressed-wood products, grocery bags, facial tissues and paper towels, fire retardants, water repellants and adhesive binders in flooring and carpet.
Formaldehyde is an irritant to the eyes, nose and throat and can cause allergic contact dermatitis. Strong disease correlation with Asthma. And the EPA has found that formaldehyde is linked to throat cancer.1

found in gasoline, inks, oils, paints plastics and rubber, detergents, pharmaceuticals and dyes.
Benzene irritates skin and eyes and has been shown to be toxic in pregnancy, linked to DNA mutations causing leukemia, and inhalation can lead to cataract formation.1

Trichlorethylene (TCE)
found in dry-cleaning clothes, printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes and adhesives.
The National Cancer Institute considers this chemical cancerous, particularly to the liver.1

A dozen plants were investigated and the top performers were as follows:
For formaldehyde:
Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria laurentii)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifritzii)

For Benzene:
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
Marginata (Dracaena marginata)
Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis janet craig)

For TCE:
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’)
Warneckei (Dracaena deremensis warneckei)
Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis janet craig)
Marginata (Dracaena marginata)

Interestingly, the study found that the plants that were pruned by the soil, as to allow air circulation around the plant-soil zone, performed even better at decreasing air pollutants.

So the bottom health line: Buy a Peace Lily, English Ivy and Bamboo plant, and the care you give to them, they will give to you. These gifts are always welcome!

Happy air and good health to you all this Fall and Winter season.

Dr. Kathleen Dang, ND, RAc


Immunity Happy Hour! Oct. 24th from 4-6pm

Need a quick immunity boost and haven’t been able to get in for a full session?

Feeling run down?

Immunity Happy Hour is coming! One Day only! Wednesday October 24 from 4 to 6pm.

Come by after work for 5 – 10 min of you time, and get a B12 shot and your choice of either ear seeds or essential oils on acupuncture points to boost your immune session.

Happy Hour rate is $20! (Regular rate is $25.) Ear Seeds/Essential oil application are complimentary.

Call or email and book head, spots are limited!
604.873.3827 –


Did you know…

  • We still carry Argan oil!
  • We have gift certificates
  • We are open Saturdays! Dr. Dang and Dr. Chung can see you for your Acupuncture and Naturopathic medicine needs.

We hope you have a pleasant fall!
Yours in good health and happiness,
Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP, & the Red Tree Wellness team