What Is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture is making headlines for good reason. This health-promoting treatment comes complete with beauty benefits. As featured on CTV’s The Social and The Loop, Cosmetic Acupuncture offers a modern take on traditional Chinese medicine style acupuncture with the sweet bonus of reduced wrinkles, restored rosy glow and real relaxation. The Facial With Benefits Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a specialized technique originally developed by Manhattan-based acupuncturist Virginia Doran, LAc. With many actors, models and celebrities as clients, she developed a system to support them putting their best face forward on stage and camera, while also supporting their health and wellbeing. I studied with Virginia Doran at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and have been a certified provider of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture for … Read More

Menopause: Midlife Crisis With Benefits?

Menopause

Finding Meaning in Menopause Menopause is a term known by women of all ages, and yet, most would be hard pressed to define it correctly. From a medical point of view, it means going twelve consecutive months without a menstrual period (or any vaginal bleeding).  A woman can go three months or more without a period, and then out of the blue, one comes along and she has to start the countdown all over again! Once all bleeding stops, the hard part is usually over. It is the years leading up to menopause that is generally fraught with all the problems! What Is Peri-Menopause? Who knew that the “synchronized unraveling” of the monthly rise and fall of hormones, known as … Read More

Boost Your Brain Power At Any Age

In case you haven’t noticed, your brain has been turning the heads of researchers worldwide. That’s great news, since maintaining a healthy brain is imperative to avoiding cognitive decline, dementia, and premature aging that robs people of their quality of life. With plenty of published research to draw from, we’re excited to use natural medicine to your mind’s full advantage. Brain Health Isn’t Just for CEOs Anymore Your brain is the Gatekeeper to healthy moods and balanced hormones, clear thinking, contributing to your community and keeping your body well for your entire lifespan. As your naturopathic doctor, I’d like to help you ensure your brain is nourished, oxygenated, protected from injury, and not inflamed, so that you can expect optimal performance, … Read More

#1 Superfood: Matcha, The Refresher

Continued from #2 Superfood: Gelatin, The Youthmaker Matcha: The Refresher Matcha is a powder made from grinding green tea leaves with a stone mill. It is rich in epigallocatechin 3-O-gallate (EGCG), a high-potency antioxidant that promotes weight loss, liver health and reverses the process of aging. Green tea is an effective natural antiviral medicine and has been shown to reduce the risk of infection with influenza and other viruses (Cherevaty 2012). Dr. Alaina’s Green Go-Getter Smoothie This refreshing, hydrating beverage is both awakening and calming due to the small amount of caffeine balanced by the relaxing theanine from the green tea matcha. Try it after a workout, when you’re craving an afternoon pick-me-up, or even when you’re convalescing after feeling … Read More

#2 Superfood: Gelatin, The Youthmaker

Gelatin: The Youthmaker The wiggly stuff behind “Jello”, gelatin is a fibrous protein made of amino acids, the building blocks of about a third of the protein in your body. It gives resiliency to our bones, ligaments, joints and muscles. It helps keep our skin wrinkle-free and our hair and nails healthy. Gelatin also heals the gut wall and improves digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily. If you’re focusing on anti-aging, gelatin is a great source of collagen. Choose plain, unsweetened gelatin derived from grass-fed beef and use natural fruit and fruit juices to sweeten your gelatin-based treats. Gelatin “jellies” are a great way to serve medicinal herbs and teas to kids, such … Read More