<![CDATA[Xiaolan Health Centre - Blog]]>Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:47:14 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Happy chinese new year! 2018:]]>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:54:05 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/happy-chinese-new-year-2018

February 16, 2018 marks the year 4715 in the Chinese calendar. This is the year of the Earth Dog. While 2017 under the Fire Rooster was unpredictable, chaotic, renewing, and evolving, this year will bring stability, peacefulness, freedom, and nobleness. In a yearly tradition here at the Xiaolan Health Centre, we will let our Astrologer friend Susan Levitt guide us though the year of the Earth Dog:

This new Moon is a solar eclipse, so what is hidden can come to light this year. Under the influence of vigilant Dog, the truth is sniffed out, and integrity is rewarded. 
Dog year is a time of fairness and equality. Controversial issues are given their due, revolutions are successful, politics are liberal, and political oppression is opposed. Justice and honesty are the values that lead to success during Dog year.

In Chinese society, Dogs are the favored domestic animal because they are loyal to their owners. And like a Dog, those born in the year of the Dog possess the admirable canine qualities of loyalty and integrity.

Direct and frank, Dog does not pay much attention to superficial details and has little patience for frivolity. Yet Dog likes to be spontaneous. Honest and trustworthy, Dog makes an excellent friend who always takes your side. Dogs won’t hesitate to make sacrifices for people and ideas they believe in.

Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water,and Wood, this is the year of the Earth Dog. 

Stable, honest, practical, industrious, prudent, reliable, kind, and loyal are Earth qualities. The element Earth enriches Dog’s character and adds needed stability. The Earth Dog is endowed with some of the finest qualities of all the twelve astrology animals.  Dogs can succeed in their endeavors, and possess nobility of character. They have strong opinions and are loyal to their values.

Dog is eager to help others, loves children, and enjoys all types of games and entertainment. A champion of the underdog, Dog can become self righteous and indignant when witnessing unfair treatment. Earth Dogs’ instincts give them a clear sense of right and wrong in human relationships. Reliable, sincere, and faithful Earth Dog is dedicated to justice. 


​​Copyright 2017 Susan Levitt All Rights Reserved
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<![CDATA[The tongue and TCM Diagnoses]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:50:28 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/the-tongue-and-tcm-diagnoses5427537

TCM practitioners have many diagnostic tools that they utilize to identify what is going on with a patients health. One of the most insightful diagnostic tools is to examine the tongue.  The shape, colour, and coating can tell you about your health. TCM practitioner Angela Warburton provides some guidance below on what practitioners look for when examining the tongue:

Healthy Tongue

"A healthy balanced tongue will be pinky red in colour, have smooth edges and a smooth body and a thin white coat that you can actually see the tongue body through."

Pale and Teeth Marks

"You might notice when you're feeling really bloated or tired after you eat that the sides of your tongue are swollen or have teeth marks — this means that your digestive system is weaker and overworking. By making simple changes like cooking your foods or avoiding cold frozen foods like smoothies or ice in your drinks, you'll find your digestion improves."

Red

"If your tongue is really red in colour, it tends to mean there is too much heat in your body. You'll want to avoid things that are going to add more heat like spicy foods. If the sides of your tongue are red, it might show up when you're really stressed or irritable or suffer from things like PMS. When you're having trouble sleeping or suffer from anxiety, the tip might get red. Making simple changes like turning off electronic devices or overly stimulating music can be extremely helpful, as can regular meditation."

Purple

"If your tongue has a purplish colour, it means that things aren't circulating as well as they could: this could be on specific points on the tongue, like the sides, or across the whole thing. This can show up in people who have migraines or pain, or women who get really bad PMS or cramps. Sometimes simple things like exercise can help but often you want to work with a professional to help with this."

Cracks

"Cracking in the tongue can be a sign of depleted moisture levels and too much heat in the body, and can be common in women going through menopause (yin deficiency). Avoiding foods that are drying and heating like coffee and alcohol can be of big help and it's important to have lots of downtime or rest with this pattern."

Puffy

"When the tongue is puffy or has a really thick coat, this is a sign of too much moisture in the body. This person might feel really tired after they eat, have a chronically stuffy nose, swellings in the body or looser bowels. Avoiding foods that are mucus-forming or moistening like diary, bananas or sugary foods can be helpful."

This is just a simple and small example, as there are many other aspects of the tongue that can identify health indicators. If you are concerned about the appearance of your tongue in relation to your health, please feel welcome to book an appointment with one of our TCM practitioners for an assessment and consultation. 

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<![CDATA[The Road to Recovery: Lyme Disease]]>Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:14:20 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/the-road-to-recovery-lyme-disease

​Every once in a while we are so astounded by the recovery from illness experienced by one of our patients that we feel the need to share their story. Recently we treated a patient for chronic Lyme Disease that she had dealt with for over a decade. Once the infection had been killed off, her continuing symptoms of fatigue, restriction of vision and movement, and complete exhaustion persisted. After receiving ongoing treatment at our centre, her recovery so impressed us that we asked her to share her experience for the benefit of others who may have experienced or are currently experiencing Lyme disease. Read about her road from illness to recovery below:

Spring is coming, and with it Lyme Disease season, a time when the ticks that carry Borrelia burgdorferi re-emerge, cling to long grass and branches and wave their little legs in the air waiting for passing meals. I no longer walk in the woods or in grassy fields because of these ticks, I had Lyme Disease for 10 long years. After the bacteria were killed off by a grueling month-long i.v. treatment I was left with a recurring fatigue in the Spring and Fall so bone deep that I couldn't get out of bed at times. I'm very fortunate, when I reached the outer frontier of Western medicine I found Dr  Xiaolan and an older, more subtle medicine cured me of the last of my illness. I want to thank everyone at the clinic for the gift of strength, clear mindedness and health that I treasure every day.

In August 1990, after walking in the woods in Princeton, NJ, I pulled off and crushed a poppy seed-sized dot that had been on my leg. It was a Lyme Disease infected deer tick. Over the next decade I developed full blown Lyme Disease, despite taking the antibiotic given me at the local walk-in clinic. "We don't know which antibiotic to give right now." the doctor said apologetically. Back home in Toronto I gradually lost my memory, the use of my hands, my heart developed abnormal rhythms, I couldn't see properly, lost the ability to use any but the most basic words and had a fatigue so profound that going up stairs was the event of the day.

After years of tests, trials and no progress, in 2000 Dr Keystone, a wonderful Infectious Disease specialist, treated the Lyme bacterial infection with a month of powerful i.v. antibiotics. I was cured - but not completely, what remained has come to be known as post-Lyme syndrome or post-Lyme fatigue. In the Spring and the Fall, when the bacteria had previously migrated within my body, I was utterly exhausted, bedridden.

Western medicine had done as much as it could, my concerned doctors said there was nothing they could do for me, chronic problems like this are not the province of Western medicine. Then someone said "Try Traditional Chinese Medicine." I asked 3 people - "Who's the best?" All 3 said Dr Xiaolan. Interestingly, it didn't take long to rebalance me (I think that's what Dr Xiaolan did, I don't really understand TCM) and the effect was profound. After several months of faithfully following the protocol I just re-emerged as my old, pre-Lyme Disease self. It's deeply gratifying not to feel tired all the time, to be able to sleep through the night, to want to exercise, to be hungry when I should be - to be healthy, to be well.

Thank you Xiaolan, you gave me back my life. - Karen Visser*

​*Shared with Permission


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<![CDATA[Happy Chinese New Year! 2017: Year of the Fire Rooster]]>Fri, 03 Feb 2017 18:05:32 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/happy-chinese-new-year-2017-year-of-the-fire-rooster

​2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster in the Chinese zodiac. This is a year which will be characterized by renewal, restoration, and expansion. While many people found 2016 to be a difficult and exhausting year, a Rooster year (and in particular a Fire Rooster year) provides the opportunity to rise and thrive. Fire brings passion, creativity, joy, and success. It also brings hard work, but if you keep your composure and see through the challenges, you will be rewarded and will be better off than before. As we have in years past, we will rely on our astrologer friend, Susan Levitt, to elaborate and provide more insight into what this dynamic and exciting year will bring:

Some translations refer to 2017 as Rooster year or Chicken year, but I use the translation Phoenix because it brings opportunities for rebirth and transformation. Phoenix year is fortunate for all Phoenixes, and for Phoenix’s most compatible signs Ox, Snake, and Dragon. Phoenix energy can, at times, be challenging for Rabbit. Phoenix correlates to the Western sign Virgo.

​Phoenix is a brilliant, inspirational, and fearless visionary. The element Fire is perfect for Phoenix because Fire brings strength, passion, bravery, and leadership. So now is the year to break free, claim your destiny, and overcome obstacles. You can heal past actions, even past lives, with your new awareness.

​Three tips for success are:

First, pay attention to your health. Not seen a dentist, or any type of delay in dealing with your health? This is the year to finally address health issues, not let it drag on. If you feel a bit exhausted after Fire Monkey 2016, then 2017 is especially time to focus on health, healing, and restoration. Same with your home. Time to clean out the old and unused, and live more efficiently in this Fire bird year.  

Second is to organize your finances. Deal with any debt, plan, budget, and be aware of your spending. Those born in Phoenix year are naturally very good at accounting, can find a bargain, and appreciate thrift as do Phoenix’s best friends Ox and Snake.

Third is to work hard with focus. 2017 is the year to apply yourself in your career. Be persistent, yet flexible. This is not the time to goof off or take your job for granted. Phoenix year is work before play, so get organized and contribute on the job. For some, it may feel like beak to the grindstone with superiors criticizing or micromanaging.  But stay strong and do the work! Excuses will not be tolerated in a no-nonsense Phoenix year.


​Copyright 2017 Susan Levitt All Rights Reserved


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<![CDATA[Some Final Thoughts for 2016]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 19:51:58 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/some-final-thoughts-for-2017
As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of our patients, friends, families, and supporters, without whom our centre would not be the success that it is. We are so proud to have the trust of so many people, and promise to continue to provide the care and attention that we always strive to provide to our patients.

The past year has not been without its challenges. However, it is from these challenges that  often the greatest strength and resilience rises. People often say that it is the experiences one has that determines ones character and that everything that happens happens for a reason. While this saying is rather simplistic, the core point is that challenges build character and strength. While it is often difficult to appreciate this while dealing with a crisis, and in particular health challenges, know that we are always here to support you. The holiday time can often bring out strong feelings for people. Happy feelings, such as those that come from being with family, receiving gifts, travelling, being in good health, looking forward to the new year, come and go. Sad feelings, from being alone, not being able to see family, being in poor health, not being able to give as your heart wishes it could, come and go as well. The point here is that everything comes and goes. If you feel happy, or if you feel sad, just know that it will not last forever. Everything is always changing and although the ups and downs of the holiday season, and life's challenges in general, are sometimes difficult to bear, know that it will change. Know that you are supported, and know that you are loved.

Thank you to everyone who made 2016 such a wonderful year! To all our patients, friends, and loved ones, have a very Happy Holiday season, and all our best for the New Year! Cheers to 2017!

With Love,

The Staff of Xiaolan Health Centre
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<![CDATA[The Dish on Healthy]]>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:16:28 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/the-dish-on-healthy

​We are proud to share a wonderful food blog that a patient and good friend of the Xiaolan Health Centre, Aleyda Batarse authors and styles, The Dish on Healthy

With so many conflicting ideas about how to eat, when to eat, what to eat, etc. it is often confusing what choices are best for you. The beauty of The Dish on Healthy is that is can be helpful and inspiring for all diet types. There are vegan options, gluten free, low fat, whole foods, raw foods, and everything in between. The focus is on real, quality foods that nourish not only your body, but also your taste buds. Check out the accompanying Instagram page here for drool-worthy recipes and lots of inspiration, what ever your diet may be!

Get cooking and nourish your body and mind!
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<![CDATA[Spring Cleanse Packages Now Available!]]>Mon, 16 May 2016 16:39:35 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/spring-cleanse-packages-now-availableSpring, the most harmonious time to cleanse the body.  Jump start your health with this unique offer at the Xiaolan Health Centre, along with EnviroMed Clinic. Boost your energy, mental focus and clarity, and improve the health of your skin!
​The Package includes:
 
4 Hydrotherapy Colonic treatments (60min each)
2 IV Treatments: Tonify, Remove, and Clear (includes Glutathione push)
1 Full ND initial assessment (*if not already a patient of EnviroMed clinic)
 
Colonics are extremely effective are reducing total body burden of toxins, significantly more so than even saunas.  By doing 4 colonics within a 2-3 week period, you’ll optimize the amount of toxins that can be eliminated by this process.
 
The IV Treatments are specifically designed to provide your body with high dose IV nutrients for the purpose of supporting your detoxification pathways, along with powerful antioxidant support.  The gluthathione push at the end results in a large neutralization and removal of toxins from your body via the kidney, liver, and gallbladder.  Some studies have shown that you can increase the toxins eliminated in the urine by 20-30x over the next 6 hour after receiving a glutathione push.
 
The Initial ND Assessment visit will be with one of our Environmental Medicine Specialists, and will focus on identifying and removing as many sources of toxicant exposures.  Supplements and herbs will be recommended to significantly boost your detoxification pathways, but are optional add-ons.
 
This offer is available at the Xiaolan Health Centre and EnviroMed Clinic until May 31, 2016.
 
*$510 if already a patient of EnviroMed and only purchasing Colonics and IV Treatment package

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<![CDATA[Introducing ‚ÄčAlla Sydorchenko, Certified Colon Specialist!]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:37:42 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/introducing-alla-sydorchemko-certified-colon-specialistPicture
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our people and services here at the Xiaolan Health Centre: Alla Sydorchenko and Colonic Hydrotherapy! Alla studied Dermatology at the National Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine; Certified Colon Therapy at the Canadian Academy of Holistic Medicine; Registered Nutritional Consultation Practitioner program at the National Institute in Hanoi, Vietnam; and the Certified Nutritional Practitioner program at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine in Hanoi, Vietnam. 

Coming to see Alla, you will benefit from her background as a trained Medical specialist in Ukraine to ensure diagnostic and therapeutic treatments are right for your specific needs. This is just one of the ways in which she is different from other colonic therapists in Toronto. Alla would like to personally invite you to try our colonic services.  She believes very strongly in the approaches we use to restore health and balance. We practice on ourselves the procedures recommended to our clients when appropriate and we have first hand experience in seeing benefits of colonic therapy. We love what we do and take both a personal and professional pride in watching clients move towards balance and health. 

Please visit the Colon Hydrotherapy section of our website here, and for more information on Alla, please visit her page on our website here.

Congratulations to Alla and welcome Alla to the Xiaolan Health Centre family!


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<![CDATA["Food, Sex & You" by Stacey Gorlicky]]>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:46:07 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/food-sex-you-by-stacey-gorlicky
A patient and friend of the Xiaolan Health Centre has released a new book that we are proud to share with you:
 
Registered psychotherapist and mental health advocate Stacey Gorlicky shares her personal exploration of body image, sexuality and addiction in her first book,
Food, Sex & You: Untangling Body Obsession in a Weight-Obsessed World  examines the delicate correlation between the need for food and the desire for sex – two of the most powerful engines driving evolution. In addressing the vital connection between food and sex, the book documents both Stacey’s personal battle as well as her experiences with clients on overcoming obsessions and fears around the two evolutionary drives.

“Self-acceptance is the greatest gift you can give yourself, and I am proud to help men and women take that first step towards that journey,” said Stacey. “Only by letting go of destructive actions and thought patterns can you gain genuine control, listening to your body and paying attention to its real needs.”

Stacey guides readers through a road to recovery from distorted body image and self-dissatisfaction, addressing the challenges that occur when food and sex are used to feed psychological voids and wounds. 
Food, Sex & You, now available to purchase online and in major bookstores across Canada, including Chapters Indigo, Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble.

About Stacey Gorlicky
Stacey Gorlicky is a registered psychotherapist, addictions counselor, spiritual transformation coach and former producer and host of the call-in show “Mind Matters.” Specializing in treating trauma, anxiety and depression, she takes both a spiritual and natural approach to healing as a passionate spokesperson for mental health issues. Stacey’s integration of traditional and cutting-edge treatment methods lead individuals, couples and families to achieve recovery and personal growth.

About Dundurn
Dundurn’s long successful publishing program began in 1972, and the company now has more than 2,500 books in print and 1,700 ebooks available. In 2012 and 2014, Dundurn was nominated for the Libris Award for Publisher of the Year, presented by the Retail Council of Canada. For more information, visit Dundurn.com.

Congratulations to Stacey and best wishes for her continued success!
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<![CDATA[The Tongue and TCM Diagnoses]]>Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:25:59 GMThttp://xiaolanhealthcentre.com/blog/the-tongue-and-tcm-diagnoses

TCM practitioners have many diagnostic tools to identify what is going on with a patients health. One of the most common ways is to look at the state of the tongue.  A tongue's colour, shape, and coating can tell you a lot about your health, and below is some advice from Angela Warburton, TCM practitioner and Acupuncturist on what a practitioner sees when they look at your tongue:

Normal Tongue

"A healthy balanced tongue will be pinky red in colour, have smooth edges and a smooth body and a thin white coat that you can actually see the tongue body through."

Pale and Teeth Marks

"You might notice when you're feeling really bloated or tired after you eat that the sides of your tongue are swollen or have teeth marks — this means that your digestive system is weaker and overworking. By making simple changes like cooking your foods or avoiding cold frozen foods like smoothies or ice in your drinks, you'll find your digestion improves."

Red

"If your tongue is really red in colour, it tends to mean there is too much heat in your body. You'll want to avoid things that are going to add more heat like spicy foods. If the sides of your tongue are red, it might show up when you're really stressed or irritable or suffer from things like PMS. When you're having trouble sleeping or suffer from anxiety, the tip might get red. Making simple changes like turning off electronic devices or overly stimulating music can be extremely helpful, as can regular meditation."

Purple

"If your tongue has a purplish colour, it means that things aren't circulating as well as they could: this could be on specific points on the tongue, like the sides, or across the whole thing. This can show up in people who have migraines or pain, or women who get really bad PMS or cramps. Sometimes simple things like exercise can help but often you want to work with a professional to help with this."

Cracks

"Cracking in the tongue can be a sign of depleted moisture levels and too much heat in the body, and can be common in women going through menopause (yin deficiency). Avoiding foods that are drying and heating like coffee and alcohol can be of big help and it's important to have lots of downtime or rest with this pattern."

Puffy

"When the tongue is puffy or has a really thick coat, this is a sign of too much moisture in the body. This person might feel really tired after they eat, have a chronically stuffy nose, swellings in the body or looser bowels. Avoiding foods that are mucus-forming or moistening like diary, bananas or sugary foods can be helpful."

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