Fall tips: Living in harmony with the Metal element.


Fall 2019 newsletter

Fall tips: Living in harmony with the Metal element.


  • Immunity Happy Hour!
  • Autumn health tip with Dr. Dang
  • Did You Knows


Autumn is one of my favourite times of year as some of you know. The crisp air, clear skies, moderate temperature, and beautiful fall colours. I also grab my socks and scarf. Socks and scarves are a great quick way to enhance your immunity. Socks – warms your feet and core immunity via the Kidney organ channel, which starts at the base of the foot, near the balls of the feet. The Kidney organ system is one of the base organs for immunity, and keeping this channel warm at the origin, helps keep the Qi strong and vibrant, which helps our immunity and vitality. So when the cold air sets in, and you feel you are just a tad chill, get those warm fuzzies on!

The scarf – covers the Bladder organ channel on the back, which is our meridian the helps fight and defend for us. Keeping this area warm helps keep the Qi warm and strong to fight off pathogens. Plus you can use the scarf to cover your mouth if people around you (like on the bus) are sick and cough. The cold virus can survive 2 meters, so keep your distance too!

Maybe you would like more enhancement to your immune system? Mark down Tuesday October 22 from 4 to 6 pm in your calendar! Back by popular demand is our Immunity Happy Hour. Receive a B12 intramuscular injection and essential oils on acupoints, to boost up your immune system for only $20! (A value of $25) How does a B12 shot help? B12 help prevent fatigue, neurological damage and mood disorders to name a few. Book a spot ahead of time so you do not have to wait in line – call the clinic at 604-873-3827 or email clinic@redtreewellness.ca.

It’s time now for Dr. Kathleen Dang’s inspiration on health for the Fall season!



What does tradition and science tell us?

By Dr. Kathy Dang ND, RAc

The word collagen is derived from Greek word “kolla” which means glue. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is the “glue” that binds our entire body. Collagen is entirely produced in our body and can be abundantly found in:  

  • our teeth and bones 
  • muscles, tendons, ligaments and vertebral discs
  • eyes
  • blood vessels, hair and skin

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the energetics of collagen can be considered both yin and yang in nature.

  • The yang nature of collagen is the hardness, stability, and integrity that provides the body with movement, protection and alignment.
  • The yin nature of collagen is revealed when it is broken down (through cooking/processing), i.e. gelatin & collagen peptides.  This provides the body flexibility, smoothness, and pliability.

*Did you know?*

Collagen peptides are smaller proteins that are readily absorbable in the bloodstream within one hour of ingestion. This is the quickest way to get collagen to target tissues of skin, joints and blood vessels.

Chewing on a piece of hide or bone will not garner the results of collagen we need! Collagen needs to be cooked down (Bone Broth recipe and tips coming in the Winter newsletter!) for the proteins to unravel to become digestible.

Supplementing the co-factors that help the body to produce and maintain collagen is very helpful!

Collagen production is dependent on Vitamin C, copper, anti-oxidants and various amino acids. Boost Collagen Naturally!

  • Glycine amino acid:  Fish, meat, dairy, spinach, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, pumpkin, banana, and kiwi
  • Hydroxy-proline:  Meat, fish, eggs, carob seeds, alfalfa sprouts 
  • Proline amino acid:  Egg whites, meat, cheese, and soy
  • Vitamin C:  Citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, and kale
  • Anthocyanins and antioxidants:  Berries, herbs and spices such as oregano, rosemary, cinnamon, and turmeric
  • Copper:  Beef liver, sunflower seeds, cashews, chickpeas, lentils, dark chocolate, hazelnuts

Feel free to reach out and book a consult if you would like to deepen your understanding of increasing collagen in your diet! 

Dr. Kathleen Dang, ND, RAc


Introducting a new addition to our team! Please welcome our new Office Administrator, Alexandra next time you are in! Alexandra comes with a Masters in information management, and enjoys keeping and running office systems smoothly. Alex loves to spend her free time hiking, biking and camping. In winter, she’s shredding coastal slopes in resorts as well as in the backcountry.  She is drawn to the healing environment of Red Tree Wellness by her interest in becoming naturally healthy and improving her quality of life!

We are excited to have her join our team!


Did you know… 


  • We have more new amazing Essential Oil blends, brought to you in partnership with Simon Fraser University PhD Chemistry professor, Reiki Master and master mixologist, Uwe Kresis. Would you like some help getting rid of your menstrual pain, nerve pain,  headache, or release your muscle soreness? Ask us about them next time you are in!
  • We have restocked on our favourite cold and flu remedy! Need to bring the big guns out? This highly concentrated herbal extract combines immune boosters with anti-virals and is a formulation that has been used since 500 A.D.. Ask about these ‘Dragon Herbs’ next time you are in.
  • We are open Saturdays! We are available for your Acupuncture and Naturopathic medicine needs.


We wish you a fabulous fall season!

Yours in good health and happiness,

Dr. Sonia F. Tan, DAOM and the Red Tree Wellness team


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