- Essence Acupuncture & Wellness3261 Heather Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3K4
*Mon 10am - 6pm Wed 10am - 6pm Fri 10am - 6pm Sat 10am - 6pmFor any urgent appointments or outside of clinic hours, please contact the clinic directly.
*Clinic is closed on Stat. Holiday Mondays, but open the following Tuesday.
- ICBC cases accepted as of April 1st, 2019.
Payment: All credit cards, some debit cards, cash or cheque.
Seasonal Health Tips
To supplement or not to supplement. That is the dilemma. Supplements nowadays are big business and there are multitudes of them out there. The consumer is faced with many options from good old vitamins and minerals, to the all the rage superfoods. How to choose from this array of items that promise good health, vitality and vibrancy? The answer to this question is not a straightforward one but the following reasons might help you understand.
Spring is well upon us. There is a great deal of back and fourth as nature tries to establish the new season; the effects of spring are under way and affecting all aspects of our being. Traditionally, spring equinox is a time of turmoil and sudden changes as the dormant energies of winter awaken and come up to the surface. In the process of awakening and rising to the surface, a lot can get dredged up. In a nutshell, spring can be a challenging time as far as general health is concerned.
Often at this time of year, there seems to be a natural urge or desire to look into our health. This is usually prompted by the change of season as the environment around us comes out of the cold stagnancy of winter, we realize that somehow, instinctively, we do not seem to have what it takes to keep up with the change. Rather than feeling well given the change into spring, we are lagging behind, or perhaps just not feeling optimal. As always, the change of seasons will be a tricky time for most of us. If we have not been taking care of ourselves in winter by slowing down as nature would have liked us to, then the transition would be more challenging.
Winter is here! This is the most Yin time of the year when the energy in the environment and our bodies goes deep and internal. Do not be surprised if you find yourself wanting to sleep for longer or simply not wanting to do much. This is normal for the time year, a time of reflection, self-introspection and going inward. What is generally not so natural is the holiday season craze on the commercial level, the hustle and bustle of the big shopping days, and the stress that can go with that. There is nothing wrong with having some excitement and fun family activity; it does bring much needed warmth to what might come across as a long deep freeze. The problem is, as always, the scale with which one can get carried away when we are really meant to be mostly quiet and internal.
Time of transition in nature is yet again upon us. This time, from the maximum yang, heat, and expansive energy and activity, nature starts going towards yin, the interior, contractive energy and the beginning of stillness before winter, the time of maximum yin. Not surprisingly, this time of year is actually welcomed by most people. Most of us seem to like this transition into a more yin, still and internal state as it gives us a chance to slow down form the full-on activities of the summer.