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An Inspiring Article by our own Vassilena Johns

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Beauty inside

August 16, 2011 by Vassilena Johns

Hi all,

I recently attended a Conscious Diva Date Night in West Vancouver and was so inspired by the beautiful energy of the amazing women in attendance. Whether they were realtors, chefs, small business owners or stay at home moms, they all had one thing in common, a passion for life! This passion is not something you can pick up in a bottle at the local beauty counter, this passion is authentic. Each one with her own story of inspiration to ignite a spark within. Our beauty truly shines from the inside out. It is priceless and only gained through inner personal work. I encourage everyone to look at themselves and listen to what their heart truly wants. When we tune into our intuition there is no limit and no stopping the heights we can reach.

So I leave you all these questions of insight…What makes you rise in the morning? What are you passionate about? Are you living your full potential?

Happy journey!


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Acupuncture More Effective than Medication for Headache Relief

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By: Duke Medicine News and Communications Acupuncture is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches, according to a new analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

The National Institutes of Health recommended acupuncture as a viable treatment for chronic headaches a decade ago and, while research in this field has increased, there have been conflicting reports about its efficacy.

“We combed through the literature and conducted the most comprehensive review of available data done to date using only the most rigorously-executed trials,” says Tong Joo (T.J.) Gan, MD, a Duke anesthesiologist who lead the analysis.

Researchers analyzed data from only randomized controlled trials evaluating acupuncture for adults with chronic headaches and were conducted for more than four weeks.

“Acupuncture is becoming a favorable option for a variety of purposes ranging from enhancing fertility to decreasing post-operative pain because people experience significantly fewer side effects and it can be less expensive than other options,” Gan says. “This analysis reinforces that acupuncture also is a successful source of relief from chronic headaches.”

While everyone experiences an occasional headache, more than 45 million Americans (one in six) suffer from chronic headaches, 20 million of whom are women. Medication remains the mainstay of treatment with varying levels of success.

The Duke team looked at studies that compared traditional acupuncture to either medication or a control group who received sham acupuncture. Similar to traditional acupuncture, the sham therapy entails inserting needles into the skin but the acupuncturist avoids meridians or areas of the body that Chinese medicine teaches contains vital energy associated with achieving balance needed for good health.

Researchers analyzed more than 30 studies to arrive at the findings published in the December issue of Anesthesia and Analgesia. The studies included nearly 4,000 patients who reported migraines (17 studies), tension headaches (10 studies) and other forms of chronic headaches with multiple symptoms (four studies).

In 17 studies comparing acupuncture to medication, the researchers found that 62 percent of the acupuncture patients reported headache relief compared to only 45 percent of people taking medication. These acupuncture patients also reported better physical well-being compared to the medication group. In 14 studies that compared real acupuncture to sham therapy, 53 percent of acupuncture patients responded to treatment compared to 45 percent receiving sham therapy.

“Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years but only recently has started to become more accepted as an alternative or supplement to conventional therapies,” Gan explains.

“One of the barriers to treatment with acupuncture is getting people to understand that while needles are used it is not a painful experience,” Gan says. “It is a method for releasing your body’s own natural painkillers.”

Acupuncture therapy is becoming widely available nationwide and a typical course of treatment for chronic headaches requires 30-minute sessions. Many people begin experiencing relief following five to six visits.

Gan also has conducted research to determine the effect of acupuncture on post-operative pain, nausea and vomiting. His research has found that acupuncture can significantly reduce pain and the need for pain medications following surgery. He also found that acupuncture can be as effective as medication in reducing post-operative nausea and vomiting.

The research was conducted in collaboration with Yanxia Sun, MD. The meta-analysis was supported by Duke’s Department of Anesthesiology.

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Acupuncture for Healthy Skin!

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Acupuncture for Healthy Skin

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be very effective at treating skin conditions. Treatments can provide quick relief for acute symptoms and can provide significant and lasting relief from recurrent or chronic skin conditions.

The skin reflects and reacts to imbalances within the body’s internal landscape and the effects of the environment. Internal disharmonies caused by strong emotions, diet, and your constitution as well as environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness, and heat can all contribute to the development of a skin disorder. To keep your skin healthy and beautiful on the outside, you must work on the inside of your body as well. Increasing the flow of energy, blood and lymph circulation improves the skin’s natural healthy color.

General skin conditions that can be treated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine include acne, dermatitis, eczema, pruritus, psoriasis, rosacea, shingles and urticaria (hives). Oriental medicine does not recognize skin problems as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual.

Andrea Lamont, R. TCM.P

Sabeeha Kurji, R. TCM.P

Meet Alison

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“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom”

– Anais Nin

Alison is a Vancouver hypnotherapist, a leader in integrated holistic healing modalities, a gifted multi-lingual educator and communicator, writer and deeply sensitive empath. Alison began her studies at McGill University in Montreal where she was born and raised. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Drama in the top 10% as a Faculty Scholar followed by a post graduate Diploma in Education as a secondary school teacher in 1991. Alison is fluent in English, French and Italian.

Alison furthered her life skills training after being diagnosed with a rare cancer in 1999. Facing a very uncertain prognosis, Alison was able to regain her health by combining the very best Western medicine had to offer along with alternative holistic therapies that included acupuncture, herbal and nutritional supplements, meditation, hypnotherapy, consciously altering her behaviour and language patterns and a great deal of study and research.

Alison finished top of her class as a Master of Clinical Hypnotherapy at the Crossroads Training Institute with over  250 hours of study completed over the extended one year program in 2007 and maintains her certification as a member in good standing of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and the National Guild of Hypnotists. She acquired her certificate in HypnoBirthing® -The Mongan Method prenatal education from Coastal Academy of Hypnotic Arts also in 2007  and maintains her certification as a registered practitioner of HypnoBirthing®.  Alison completed her certification as an NLP™ practitioner with Master Trainer Harry Nichols in 2008.  In 2009  Alison acquired her levels one and two certifications in Heart Resonance Therapy (energy healing) with Dale Kobialko and most recently in 2009 and 2010 she has completed all requirements  as a facilitator of PSYCH-K® Basic and Advanced work with certified Advanced PSYCH-K® instructor Sandra Wallin. In 2009 Alison trained with Lynsi Eastburn, author of the breakthrough book It’s Conceivable! and received her HypnoBirthing® Fertility Therapy certification through the HypnoBirthing® Institute.

Alison has also completed studies as a specialist in Hypno-Anesthesia and Pain Management, Time Line Protocol and Skilled Helper.


Alison is able to integrate these processes into a distinctive and highly effective action plan based on the individual needs and wants of her clients. For some clients that may include using only one of the preferred modalities, such as only hypnotherapy or only NLP™ or only PSYCH-K® and for others it may include a combination of two or more techniques. Also note that any and all modalities used may change from session to session, so if  clients prefer, they may choose to change it up and try something else the next time around. This flexibility and choice offers clients maximum control over their healing and growth process and allows for the unique exploration of individuality free from any pressure. Clients are encouraged to learn, heal and grow in their own way and in their own time. Those clients who are less sure of themselves or who prefer to follow specific advice on how best to proceed are also free to ask for help in determining what would work best for them.

By successfully regaining her health, continuing her studies, tapping into the assistance offered by the higher self through deeper conscious awareness and embracing life one precious moment at a time, Alison is able to share her unique perspective on health and wellness helping to guide her clients to learn, heal and grow in their own extraordinary ways. She also explores health and healing as a writer both on her blog attached to this website as well as in articles published on several websites and health directories such as Ezine Articles and

Summer Essential Oils

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Source: Acufinder
By: Andrew Pacholyk, L.Ac.

Summer is a time of full growth, red, hot, joy, spiritual awareness and traveling. Life is at it’s greatest potential in the summer. Trees, plants, grasses and seeds are now at their full peak offering up the “fruits of their labor”!

Take a minute to enjoy this most Yang time of energy and production! These essential oils are great for your first aid kit, as insect repellent, for soothing sunburn, freshening and cleaning! Enjoy these soothing scents for relaxing and letting go.

Tea Tree:

  • antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, expectorant, insecticide, cicatrisant (wound healer), etc.
  • infections, ringworm, athlete’s foot, sunburn, shaving and other cuts, warts, pimples, etc.
  • May irritate sensitive skin.


  • antiseptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, diuretic, analgesic, nervine, immune stimulant, sedative. antiviral, carminative, decongestant, fungicide
  • burns and blisters, wounds (cell regenerator, minismizes swelling and scarring), insect bites. stings,heat exhaustion
  • Avoid during the first trimester of preganancy


  • digestive, carminative, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, febrifuge, nervine, analgesic, astringent, decongestant. expectorant, stomachic, vermifuge
  • indigestion, flatulence, halitosis, skin irritations, flu, colds, coughs, fever, headaches, migraines, fatigue, toothache, flea and ant repellant
  • May irritate sensitive skin and mucous membranes. Avoid during pregnancy and while nursing. May antidote homeopathic remedies.


  • vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, diuretic, insecticide, stimulant, analgesic, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge
  • coughs, colds, cystitis, sunburn, heat exhaustion, insect repellant
  • Avoid if you have high blood pressure or epilepsy.  May antidote homeopathic remedies.


  • antiseptic, antidepressant, deodorant, insecticide, stimulant, parasiticide
  • bug repellent (mosquitos, moths, fleas), to refresh tired and sweaty feet after exercise, germ killer


  • antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic, sedative, anti-allergenic, antidepressant, stomachic, vulnerary, antiemetic, carminative. digestive, febrifuge, nervine
  • external inflammations, teething, nervousness, irritability, depression, burns, sunburns, asthma, hayfever, sprains, strains, nausea, fever
  • Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy.


  • antiemetic, antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic, carminative, insecticide, stimulant
  • stomachic, toothach, digestive problems, nausea, sinusitis
  • Skin irritant. Do not use in massage


  • antiseptic. analgesic, antirheumatic. antispasmodic, antidepressant, astringent. carminnive. cicatrisant. digestive, diuretic. stimulant.
  • vulnerary, stomachic, nervine, etc., muscular aches and pains sprains, fatigue (mental and physical),  headaches, migraines, coughs, flu

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About the Author:

Andrew Pacholyk, L.Ac., specializes in rejuvenating naturopathic therapies based in the ancient Chinese Medical approach to Endocrinology, Gynecology and Pain Management that encompass the increase of metabolism through hormonal balance, infertility, menopause and menstrual disorders, as well as increasing blood flow and vital energy in order to decrease pain, trauma and its associated symptoms. Andrew, through his New York City clinic, ProAcuMed, his many classes, private teachings, cross country lectures, health community and his website, has helped thousands of thoughtful people with his diagnostics and natural prescriptives.