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November 2020

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Mood-Boosting Tips to Help you Look and Feel Your Best

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Mood-Boosting Tips to Help you Look and Feel Your Best

This year has been challenging for many, with pandemic restrictions changing the way we live and interact with others in profound ways. Self-isolating and limiting social gatherings can be a major stressor on our mental health, so it’s important to find ways to cope through self-care. 

Use this guide to learn about proven coping techniques, from eating more nutritious foods to clearing out bad energy from your home to alleviating tension through South Centre Chinese Acupuncture’s effective methods.


Focus on Nutrition

One way to boost your mental and physical health quickly is by eating nutritious foods for every meal. There are even some foods that can help alleviate depression. Some of these depression-fighting foods include avocados, sweet potatoes, carrots, and walnuts.

Avocados, also known as the “fat and happy fruit” have multiple health benefits. The fruit has high quantities of folate (in the B family of vitamins) and helps regulate a substance called homocysteine which blocks the production of serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine are important for deep sleep, which does wonders for your mind and body.

Sweet potatoes have a number of great qualities, one of which is their high levels of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency can lead to mental health disorders including depression and mood instability, whereas high levels of magnesium can help you relax and fend off anxiety.

Did you know that eating carrots could make you more optimistic? Carrots are high in beta carotene, and according to one study, people who consume foods high in the antioxidant are more hopeful. Along with increasing optimism, carrots are also great for your immune system and your eyesight.

For another mood-boosting snack, turn to walnuts: they’re one of the best dietary sources of serotonin, which helps decrease anxiety and depression. Walnuts are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are shown to help improve brain function and memory. 


Clear Out Your Home

While cleaning the house may seem like nothing more than an annoying chore, it can actually help improve your mood and clear out stagnant or anxious thoughts. 

If you’ve found that your household is arguing more than usual, or you feel low-energy when you’re home, you can inject positivity into your home by doing a thorough cleaning. 

It’s important to declutter before you clean, and remember to open a window to invite soothing fresh air into your space.

After you clean, consider smudging your home to help invite good energy into your house. Smudging is the act of burning sage, a traditional custom that Native Americans practice to clear out negativity. Smudging is also helpful to eliminate harmful pathogens: sage has antimicrobial properties, so burning it helps keep viruses at bay.


Pain-Relieving Techniques

Chronic pain can be a major source of negativity or stress for some, so it’s vital to find ways to alleviate the pain. One option for treating chronic pain at home is getting an inversion table to realign your joints. But before you buy a table, check out customer reviews and learn about the various specifications: durability, stability, and height/weight limit are important factors to consider. 

Another great pain-relieving option is acupuncture, which also does wonders for stress management. Acupuncture aims to realign your Qi, helping you sleep better at night, restore balance to your mood, and relieve brain fog. 

Finding ways to boost your mood and get healthy will help you look and feel your best as the pandemic restrictions begin to lift. Focus on eating depression-fighting foods for a natural mood boost. Eliminate clutter in your home and clean it top to bottom to help release bad energy. And, if you’re dealing with chronic pain, consider acupuncture or an inversion table to help soothe your muscles.

Are you stressed or in pain? Contact Dr. Yan of South Centre Chinese Acupuncture to discover the incredible benefits of acupuncture for both your physical and mental health! 403-271-6662.

What is acupunture

Acupuncture Basics Part 1: What Is Acupuncture?

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Acupuncture Basics Part 1: What Is Acupuncture?

If you’re new to holistic healing methods, the idea of healing yourself by having dozens of tiny needles inserted into your body might give a person pause. 

In fact, some western medical practitioners are unfamiliar with all of the benefits this ancient Easter tradition can provide, and will only suggest seeing an acupuncturist as a last resort. 

However, while acupuncture may not be everybody’s cup of tea, there are a host of positive effects that can be achieved through the practice. If you’re considering trying it for the first time, but wonder “what is acupuncture?”, allow Dr. Hong to explain it, and describe how it can help you. 

See what Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about!



How Acupuncture Works

For over two millennia, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has developed many ways to improve health and relieve pain. TCM encompasses the use of herbal remedies, as well as mind and body practices, including acupuncture. 

TCM practitioners believe that disease—mental or physical—develops in the body when disruptions of energy flow occur. The invisible life-energy flow, called Qi, travels through the body’s channels, which are called meridians. This is where acupuncture comes in. 

At its core, acupuncture is the practice of stimulating specific points in the body by inserting sterilized, hair-thin metallic needles into one as many as 2,000 acupuncture points located throughout the body. 

Where Are Acupuncture Points Located?

Each session will involve 10-40 needles, and you should experience minimal discomfort, although some clients don’t feel them at all. 

Once the needles are inserted into the acupuncture points and reach the correct depth, some clients experience a mild pressure or tingling. Don’t worry, this means the treatment is working.

Each meridian has several points mapped out along its path. The meridians that run throughout the body are the:

  • Lung Meridian: It runs from the thumb to the shoulder. It has 11 points.
  • Large Intestine Meridian: It runs from the index finger to the shoulder and up to the nasal passages. It has 20 points.
  • Stomach Meridian: It runs from the second toe up to the neck and splits. The meridian goes up to both eyes and along the jawline to the sides of the head. It has 45 points.
  • Spleen Meridian: It runs from the large toe along the inside leg and up to the pectoral region, deviating to just under the arm. It has 21 points.
  • Heart Meridian: It runs from the pinky along the inner part of the arm, stopping at the armpit. It has 9 points.
  • Small Intestine Meridian: It starts from the index finger, runs to the shoulder, and then zigzags through the neck, ending in front of the ear. It has 19 points.
  • Urinary Bladder Meridian: It departs from the last toe to the heel and runs up the back legs and gluteal region, continuing through the back, neck, and over the top of the head to the bridge of the nose. It has 67 points.
  • Kidney Meridian: It starts from the middle of the foot and runs up the leg along the middle of the stomach, stopping at the clavicle. It has 27 points.
  • Pericardium Meridian: It runs from the middle finger to the pectoral region. It has 9 points.
  • San Jiao Meridian: It runs from the ring finger to the back of the neck, along the back of the ear and stops between the eye and eyebrow. It has 23 points.
  • Gall Bladder Meridian: From the fourth toe, it runs up the leg to the gluteal region and zig zags between the lower back and sternum. It passes by the back of the neck and flows through the top and side of the head where it ends outside of the eye. It has 44 points.
  • Liver Meridian: Starting at the large toe, it flows up the leg to ribs, stopping just under the pectoral region. It has 14 points.


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Acupuncture is a fascinating type of medicine, so if you’re tired of living with pain or a compromised health, Dr. Hong is here to help.

Want to know more about acupuncture? See Part 2.

Consult an Expert For Acupuncture in Calgary

Whether you’re looking for alternative pain relief methods or you’ve had regular acupuncture sessions and need a new specialist, Dr. Hong provides a friendly and transparent process. 

To improve your health in a comprehensive manner, it is likely that several acupuncture sessions will be necessary. 

Call for an appointment today!