In Chinese Medicine and the arrangement of the Five Elements, each change in season is a transition period, where we go back to Earth Center. It is a time of re-grounding, re-balancing, and looking to new horizons with fresh open eyes. In this transition period, Red Tree Wellness is also undergoing changes of coming and going – the Yang and Yin cycle of life.

Let me start off by introducing the latest practitioner to join our clinic: Samantha C. Penner, R.Ac., TCMP. Samantha brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the clinic, including a two-month intensive internship in Nanjing, China. Red Tree Wellness welcomes her to the clinic!

Red Tree Wellness is pleased to announce that we will be offering Registered Massage Therapy beginning in September. Andrea De Vos will be joining our clinic, and brings nine years of experience to the table – pun intended! To book with Andrea or Samantha, please visit our online booking calendar.

We would like to wish all the best of life to those that are leaving us. Ravi Seth is going on leave to travel the world. We wish is him safe travels and health on his journey.

This transitional time of year is also the time of the fall equinox. In Chinese Medicine, the best time to cleanse and detox is in the time of transitions, in the fall and spring equinox particularly. Red Tree Wellness is proud to announce that we will be carrying new skin and nutritional products at our clinic. These products not only are safe, pure, and botanical, but also 100% certified vegan. Within this line, there is a gentle detox cleanse that encourages healthy elimination of toxins that tend to build up in our bowels. Ask about it next time you are in.

Have you heard about Bill C-51? Please read this month’s issue of Common Ground and BC Business.  Check out for more info on Bill C-51 and read what health lawyer Shawn Buckley has to say and go to YouTube and listen to what he has to say. This affects you and your freedom to make your own lifestyle choices for natural health, including vitamins and herbs. Be educated and informed, and take action with your MP.

I could not end this newsletter without reference to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Olympics always brings back fond memories of my career as an elite athlete. Moreover, it reminds me that is also a big reason why I chose a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Without TCM, I would not have been able to further compete because of my problems with asthma and allergies – which TCM eliminated completely.

Chinese swimmer, Wang Qun, was photographed just before the start of the Olympics doing some last minute training in Beijing with round marks on her back. These marks were caused by cupping. Cupping is a technique in which a glass cup or bamboo jar is suctioned onto the body. It is used to relieve muscle pain, especially back pain from stiffness or injury, and to clear congestion in the area, such as the chest which can occur with common colds and influenza.

Injuries are a part of life, whether you are an athlete or not. Activity is important to a balanced and healthy lifestyle, full of quality and longevity. It not only strengthens our vital ‘Qi’, but also helps circulate it. The classic 2,000 year old texts that TCM practitioners study from, speak strongly about the importance of exercise in life. More importantly, acupuncture has been proven over thousands of years, and recently with the biomedicine model, to be an effective drugless treatment.

Acupuncture is well known for its effectiveness in reducing most types of pain, including sports‑related injuries. Acupuncture can be used to help decrease swelling, spasms and inflammation. Additionally, it can be used to control pain, increase range of motion and help promote healing. Because of its broad range of applications, acupuncture can be used during any of the phases of injury. The focus is not only to treat the injury but also to treat any underlying conditions that may predispose an individual to injuries. This is especially important when treating chronic or recurrent injuries that interfere with life activities or athletic performance.

Aside from that, there is a special place in my heart for international elite athletics. In my past career as a rhythmic gymnast, I represented Canada in international events and competitions. It was not only an honor, but a thrill. It is no cliche that when you walk into any stadium with the parade of athletes, crowd cheering, lights beaming – and your country is announced as you walk in – you are so filled with tears and pride, and all your years of training and hard work to get you there run through your head and heart. I encourage you to support your local amateur athletics, for you will never know how much it will mean to them, and how far they will get with that spirit behind them.

Enjoy the last bit of transitional late summer!

In health and happiness,



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