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Marie graduated from the Vancouver College of Massage Therapy in 2019 and is training in Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. She focuses on treating headaches, migraines, impingement syndromes, TMJ, chronic pain and stress, and mobility issues. She is also a yoga and fitness enthusiast!
After an impressive nursing career in Thailand, Yink shifted careers, graduating from the 5-year of Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program at Oshio College of Acupuncture and Herbology in Victoria, and became a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCM.P) and Acupuncturist (R.Ac). She's also fluent in three languages and an awesome cook of Thai food!
As human beings, we live in a very busy life and emotional ups and downs are normal for everyone. The feeling of anxiety is one of the normal reactions to stress. Therefore, it is a natural component of our lives.
In fact, stress could be beneficial to our personal development. For example, some amount of stress can cause physical and mental responses that result in better performance in difficult circumstances. However, if anxiety becomes excessive and unmanageable in daily life, then it becomes a disabling disorder.
Anxiety is a modern medical term that does not have an exact equivalent definition in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts. Nevertheless, two Chinese ancient diseases that closely resemble anxiety are:
The main contributing causes of anxiety are (1) too much emotional stress; (2) constitution; (3) irregular diet; (4) loss of blood; and (5) overwork.
For example, if a strong constitution patient has severe symptoms, he/she may require an herbal prescription and strong acupuncture treatment to calm the mind first, and then elimination of the pathogenic factors such as heat or phlegm, as well as dietary modification to eliminate heat such as spicy or pungent food; or eliminate a phlegm contributing diet such as greasy and heavy food.
On the other hand, if a weak constitution patient with chronic blood loss has chronic symptoms, he/she would require a gentler approach. The patient may be treated for the root cause with gentle acupuncture and blood tonic herbal tea to calm the mind, and foods such as peach kernel, pistachios and walnut may be added to the diet.
It is advisable that the patient should try to maintain work-life balance and manage emotional stress with exercises such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and/or Yoga, as well as balancing work time with adequate rest time. If the symptoms become severe, the patient should seek professional help. Acupuncture and TCM treatments include a variety of modalities and tools to help you calm anxiety and reach your physical and emotional health goals.
Book a free 20 minute consultation with Yink Chutarrat, our newest team member and Registered TCM Practitioner and Acupuncturist.
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