DIETARY AND NUTRITIONAL COUNSELLING:
From the perspective of Chinese Medicine there is great importance placed on our diet and lifestyle. There are general recommendations such as avoiding excessive junk foods, saturated and hydrogenated fats, sugars and refined foods, and so on. However, as in any treatment, recommendations are also customized for each individual case. For example, people with too much ‘phlegm’ or ‘dampness’ in their body will do best to avoid phlegm forming foods and eat more foods that may help drain or dry dampness. Individuals who get cold easily may do better to eat more warm natured foods, and vice versa for hot natured people. There are also certain foods and flavors that have the function to strengthen or cleanse certain meridian and organ systems. Similarly, advice for lifestyle choices are given priority depending on which organ or system is in most need of support.
OTHER MODALITIES AND DIAGNOSTICS:
IRIDOLOGY: Iridology is the art of diagnosing illness within the body through markings and signs (color, density, lesions, spots, variations, etc.) in the iris of the eye. By studying the iris of the eye, it is also possible to determine where there are strengths, weaknesses, toxins, or pathological changes in the body.
PULSE AND TONGUE DIAGNOSIS: These techniques have been a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and are essential criteria in correctly diagnosing and treating any given symptom or disease when using Acupuncture and Herbal Medicines. By feeling the strength, speed and quality and different locations and depths along the radial pulse the Practitioner can determine where energy is blocked or imbalanced. Similarly, when looking at the tongue’s shape, color and coating, we gain a greater understanding of the bodies internal health.