Winter tips: Living in harmony with the Water element.


Winter 2019 Newsletter

Winter tips: Living in harmony with the Water element.


  • Another upcoming Immunity Happy Hour!
  • Winter health tip with Dr. Dang.
  • Did You Knows

Winter. Cold and contracting. It tells our body to slow down and nourish. Living in harmony with the seasons will help us transition better. To continue to help the immunity, warm the middle layer of our immune system – the Spleen and Stomach organ systems. A great way to do this especially in the Winter when we are combatting the cold temperature is to add more of in your diet is soups and stews. Slow cook, draw out as much nutrition as possible, drink all the broth! If you like to slow cook, do more of this! One of my favourites to eat at this time of year is a slow-cooked curry where I have the best benefits of curcumin/tumeric – extracted with pepper, oil and heat – to help warm and circulate my energy in my body. Or try out Dr. Dang’s Bone Broth recipe below!

Want to be ahead of the curve before the next round of the cold and flu virus comes back? Mark down Tuesday January 21from 4 to 6 pm in your calendar for our Immunity Happy Hour. Receive a B12 intramuscular injection in an acupoint, to boost up your immune system for only $20! (A value of $25) A B12 shot bypasses the stomach (good if you have stomach issues) and goes straight to the bloodstream to help with your energy, metabolism and immunity. Book a spot ahead of time so you do not have to wait in line – call the clinic at 604-873-3827 or email

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


Winter’s Harmony. 

By Dr. Kathy Dang ND, RAc

There is no time like now to take a brief moment and sync ourselves into our minds-eye and reflect on the year’s passing.  

What were things that went sideways this year?…….

What were things that went incredibly well? ……

And most importantly, with positive intention and gratitude, what are our hopes in the New Year?….


I have been noticing a lot more people come to my practice with ailments around “how stress affects them.”

Not one person is like the other.  

I have much respect for those who take the courage to come in and try acupuncture for the first time, or an herbal formula for the first time! Or they have changed their dietary ways and began a new health plan. And feel much improved!

We treat from simple to complex health conditions. The wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine can empower you to a better way of being.  We are honoured here at Red Tree Wellness to promote balance to those who seek a more natural approach to living.


Warm wishes to you and your family during this Winter time!

 –Dr. Kathy Dang ND, RAc

Naturopathic Physician, Registered Acupuncturist

Fun fact about me:  I was trained academically in the US and I love Canada so much, this is home and will be sitting for Canadian Citizenship soon!


How to Make Homemade Bone Broth – By Dr. Kathleen Dang ND RAc


Homemade bone broth contains many beneficial nutrients, including several amino acids (especially glycine) and trace minerals. It’s also a great way to get more collagen and the nutrients your body needs to make collagen into your diet. While it may sound daunting, making your own bone broth is actually fairly simple.

In a large stock pot, simmer your bones of choice (chicken, beef, turkey, or fish) covered, over low heat for 8-12 hours, ideally 24 hours. If using an instant pot pressure cooker, use high pressure for 2 hours!

This will extract the most collagen and nutrients from the bones. You can also do this in a slow cooker if you don’t want to use a stovetop.

Once the broth has finished cooking, transfer to glass jars or containers, let cool, and refrigerate or freeze. As the broth cools, you will notice a layer of gelatin forming. This is a good sign as the gelatin layer is the main source of collagen in bone broth, so be sure to keep it!

Helpful tips:

    • Although not necessary, roasting your bones before simmering can improve the flavor of the broth.
    • Since toxins are stored in fat and bone broth contains a lot of it, quality is key when purchasing bones. Look for bones from “organic”, “sustainable”, “grass-fed”, “pasture-raised”, and/or “free-range” sources.
    • Add various vegetables, herbs, and spices to your broth for more flavor and nutrients. This is a great way to use up vegetable scraps like onion peels and carrot tops that you might normally throw away. Some other examples of additions include celery, garlic, ginger root, rosemary, and bay leaves, but feel free to experiment.
    • Add 1-2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to your pot to give it a slightly acidic taste and assist with breaking down the bones. 


Did you know…

  • We Tuina massage at the clinic! What is Tuina massage? Tuina is Chinse bodywork therapy, literally called “push-pull” and is a hands-on modality similar to massage. Suzanne Williams, RAc is a Certified Tuina massage practitioner, and the bonus is since she is a Registered Acupuncturist, she can also integrate Acupuncture as needed into your healing session!
  •  We have restocked on our favourite cold and flu remedy! Ask for it next time you are in. Not sure what is the best combination of herbs for you? Ask Dr. Au-Yeung for a Chinese herbal consult. She’s a researcher and wiz with herbs.
  •  We are open Saturdays! We are available for your Acupuncture and Naturopathic medicine needs.


We wish you a fabulous winter season!

Yours in good health and happiness,

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


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