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What Fresh Hell is This?

What Fresh Hell is This?

I just finished reading “What Fresh Hell is This? Perimenopause, Menopause, Other Indignities, And You” by Heather Corinna. I recommend it to anyone who has or has had a utero-ovarian system. It offers practical, supportive and kind advice for getting through perimenopause and menopause, grounded in science and feminism from a smart, witty, non-binary sex educator. 

What are ear seeds?

While I don’t think that ear seeds are quite as immediately effective as auricular acupuncture, I have observed that they work well enough that people ask for them again and again. A common question from regular patients is “Are my ear seeds still in?”

Thoughts on election day

Thoughts on election day

Today I dealt with election stress by remembering that somewhere in the world (maybe in Guelph?) people who would not like each other at all if they had a conversation were supporting each other’s healing by sleeping side by side in a community acupuncture clinic.

Beyond niceness: on pillows, blankets & nervous system overrides

Beyond niceness: on pillows, blankets & nervous system overrides

Acupuncture works because it supports the body to do what it already wants to do: rest and heal. Regular visits to a familiar, predictable place where your body gets to feel good (or, maybe just less bad) teaches your nervous system another way of being. Addressing basic needs for comfort (like pillows and blankets, as needed) are a part of the treatment.

Talking about the weather

Talking about the weather

I think we underestimate weather’s impact on our physiology. City dwellers in this part of the world tend to spend a lot of time indoors, especially in a pandemic, so it’s understandable, but weather changes are no joke. At the beginning of spring we tend to see increased headaches, irritability and insomnia in the clinic — this year we’re also seeing an unusual uptick in tinnitus complaints. So take this as a seasonal reminder that if you’re feeling off, it might just be the weather, and acupuncture can help.

Anniversary Grief

Anniversary Grief

The one-year anniversary of the first Ontario shutdown is almost upon us. Everyone’s had a different pandemic experience, but I’m willing to bet that most of us have borne huge losses in the last year. If your body wants you to slow down and notice that over the next week, I hope your circumstances allow that to happen in gentle ways.