Acupuncture for Depression: Does It Work?

By |2021-09-13T19:57:04+00:00August 30, 2021|Acupuncture, Blog, Edmonton, Mental Wellness|

Is Acupuncture Effective for Depression? If so, how?   Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have utilized acupuncture to treat various medical issues for more than 3,000 years. With more than 10 million acupuncture sessions performed each year, acupuncture has grown in popularity in North America in recent decades.   Acupuncture is even being used to treat mental health disorders, such as depression, by some practitioners. Acupuncture is an effective complementary treatment for those who have not improved with traditional treatment methods. Here’s all you need to know about acupuncture as a treatment for depression.   Signs of Depression Depression is more Read more ...

Stress and Anxiety Management: How Acupuncture, Massage, Reiki and Osteopathy Can Help

By |2021-08-23T18:01:32+00:00May 15, 2021|Blog, Mental Wellness, Stress|

At Red Leaf Wellness, we believe in taking a holistic approach to improving overall health and satisfaction in life. While medical treatments are available to deal with stress and anxiety, we focus on combining the best of ancient Eastern and modern Western medicine to help our patients overcome the symptoms and causes of stress and anxiety. That’s not to say that traditional medications and psychological therapies are not effective in combatting stress and anxiety - but it’s important that those who suffer from these challenges understand that there are many options available. And, with such a variety available, it’s easier Read more ...

Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine During the Pandemic

By |2021-06-11T14:17:30+00:00November 7, 2020|Blog, COVID-19, Mental Wellness, Stress|

The novel coronavirus has turned our world upside down. Along with stress and worry, many of us have been locked down and need some kind of relief from worries, isolation, and fear. But imagine getting away for a little while. Imagine letting everything go and feeling better both in mind and spirit right now. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) may be the way to set everything aside, take a moment for ourselves, and enjoy the overwhelming mental and physical benefits at the same time. There are many benefits of traditional Chinese medicine during the pandemic. And some that may surprise you. From Read more ...

Is Functional Medicine the Key to Stress Management?

By |2021-06-11T13:55:08+00:00March 2, 2017|Blog, Mental Wellness, Stress|

No one is free from the stresses that life brings. The differences come in the amount of stress that each person is under and the way they handle it. Long-term stress with no healthy way of dealing with it has surprisingly ill effects on your physical health. Here are some of the ways that stress can affect your body over time: Depression Anxiety Personality disorders Heart disease High blood pressure Heart attack Stroke Obesity and other eating disorders Menstrual issues Sexual dysfunction Skin issues Hair loss Intestinal distress Clearly, finding a healthy way to manage your stress is of vital Read more ...

Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue

By |2021-06-11T13:59:29+00:00January 17, 2017|Acupuncture, Blog, Mental Wellness, Sleep, Wellness|

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterized as an excessive tiredness and fatigue. It’s considered a complex disorder because it cannot be explained by a specific medical condition. Physical and mental activity can worsen this condition while rest doesn’t seem to make things better either. So how can one tackle this? Here is a little more information about the cause and effects of CFS and how acupuncture can play a key role in addressing symptoms. Causes While there is very little to explain the cause of CFS, there are many theories that point to a combination of factors like viral infections, Read more ...

Conquering Anxiety with Acupuncture

By |2021-06-11T14:01:04+00:00November 9, 2016|Acupuncture, Blog, Mental Wellness|

Anxiety is a very tough and debilitating mental illness with a large spectrum. In Canada, 2.6% of people from ages 15 and over suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a disorder characterized by frequent and persistent worry and excessive anxiety in their lives. Anxiety can be applied to a wide range of contexts like stress levels at work, school, life choices and the state of the world, upbringing, genetics and more. In addition to different contexts, each person also has different triggers and reactions to anxiety that can range from mild to severe. According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Read more ...

Acupuncture for Depression in Women

By |2021-06-11T14:16:02+00:00August 10, 2016|Acupuncture, Blog, Mental Wellness, Women's Health|

Depression is twice as likely to occur in women as it is in men of the same age groups. Why? Women have a set of complex factors that can all contribute to depression. Mood changes and feelings of depression occur with hormonal changes paired with biological factors, inherited family traits, life circumstances and field of experiences. There are several important factors that also contribute to depression in women that traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help with. Here are some of the most common reasons for depression in women and how acupuncture can play a role in the healing process. Read more ...

Acupuncture and Cancer Care

By |2021-06-11T14:02:57+00:00July 27, 2016|Acupuncture, Blog, Mental Wellness, Pain Management, Wellness|

In modern Western medicine, a variety of cancer treatments are generally administered to remove cancer masses, shrink tumors and rid the body of cancer cells. However, while these treatments can be effective, it is difficult to detect any free cancer cells that could still exist in the body post-treatment. These leftover cells can strike back at any time – especially if the body is weak. Keeping your body strong and balanced with a supplementary treatment like acupuncture can help to eliminate these free cells and reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. Healing the Body While cancer treatments can be Read more ...

Edmonton Acupuncture for Management of Chronic Fatigue

By |2021-07-23T16:43:25+00:00June 17, 2016|Acupuncture, Blog, Mental Wellness, Pain Management, Stress, Wellness|

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or CFS) is characterized by the feeling of excessive fatigue that weighs a person down in their day-to-day life – regardless of how much sleep or rest they may get. It presents fatigue in various forms from physical pain to psychiatric conditions like depression, and this can affect a person’s overall quality of life. CFS also presents immunologic disturbances as well, pointing to symptoms of allergies and rashes in many patients. Recent controlled studies also present documented abnormalities in endocrine function as being a consistent factor, such as the reduced production of the corticotrophin-releasing hormone in the Read more ...

Acupuncture and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

By |2021-06-11T14:05:11+00:00May 5, 2016|Acupuncture, Blog, Mental Wellness, PTSD|

Anyone can get PTSD at any age. This includes war veterans and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and many other serious events. Acupuncture’s fundamental goal is to bring balance to the body’s Qi (or chi). The concept of Qi can be described as our body’s life force or energy, which is responsible for carrying healing releases from one point to the affected areas in the body. Our overall health is guided by our Qi, from the maintenance of our body’s temperature to our ability to protect ourselves against illness. The goal in acupuncture is to regulate Read more ...

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