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Summer Solstice

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My new friend in the clinic

Hello!
Happy Summer! Yes Yes Yes!
June 21st is our first day of summer and the longest day of the year, just over 16hrs of sunlight. As a mom it feels so good to have the kids outside enjoying the warmth and heat (yang) of the sun. It’s really mother nature’s true medicine. I sit in my garden and listen to the bees and just let the tension go and rest in the warmth. It’s so healing for me.

Holidays are coming up for me. My family and I are flying to the East Coast to visit my family, then to Ontario to visit my husband’s side of the family. I am so happy to spend time and share with family and friends.

I’ll be out of the clinic from July 19th to Aug 6th. Back in the clinic on Aug 7th.

I just finished a book by Tara Brach called True Refuge. I felt like she was speaking to me directly. Extremely useful and accessible. Here is a link if you are interested https://www.amazon.ca/True-Refuge-Tara-Brach/dp/05…
Also available used at Russell Books

And another wonderful teacher Ram Dass is holding a Summer Solstice 1 month free meditation. Here is the link https://www.ramdass.org/freeonlinecourse
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This inward journey of mine is never boring. So full of surprises, lots of crazy, some difficult times, and ridiculous fun! Life is so precious. Please honor your journey. Sending my blessings and peace.
Gigi
gigivincentine@hotmail.com
http://www.gigivincentine.ca
250.882.0659

Listening

Listening, stop…stop everything

Stop your stories, stop protecting, stop defending, stop everything

Stop hardening, stop running, stop everything

Listen with your heart

Listen with your whole body

Listen with your soul

We are here to listen to each other

You are safe, I am with you…listen

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by Gigi Vincentine

Welcome to Fall…Stay Healthy, Stay Balanced

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Wow! A lot has been happening for me since the last time I wrote you a newsletter. It seems like a lifetime ago but it has only been 3 months.

Gratitude is what comes up often for me. I live a very special life with my family, my patients, my teachers, my friends and colleagues and now my Yoga Family! My time spent at Yoga Teacher Training really unraveled my whole being. I was so well taken care of on all levels, that it has propelled me to take care of others (and myself) in the same way. This is my practice.

Thank you to all of you for revealing yourselves to me and allowing yourselves to be vulnerable. Wow! That’s hard!

I have been diving into my clinical practice with new enthusiasm, I so love it. I’ve also been trying new things and wanted to share some of them with you. My personal meditation practice has really expanded and I’ve also joined a Yin Yoga Taoist QiGong class with Carly Forest. Here are the 5 Taoist practices for you to explore. Taoist Qigong Video ( Pulling down the Heavens at the very beginning is very accessible.) www.carlyforest.com is where you can find more information and classes like this one.

Oprah and Deepak have their free meditation coming up at the end of October. Here’s that link https://chopracentermeditation.com/?sso_code=eyJpd… Being able to focus your mind on where you want it to be, is a real gift. It’s a lifetime practice.

Love and Gratitude

Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM…Yoga and Meditation Teacher Too!

Remember to keep warm, eat easy to digest foods, take care of yourselves and breath…and add ginger to everything! Ha!

One more thing…Heart Bed Yoga Pose. Excellent for opening the chest, heart, lungs (autumn is lung and large intestine time) shoulders, breath and calming the nervous system.

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Welcome to Summer, Stay Healthy…Stay Balanced!

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When I was in my late twenties, living in Taiwan, I had many “seeds” planted in me. Now those seeds have grown into my Chinese Medicine Practice, my Family, my Life. There was one other seed I had left for “one day”. I am excited to announce that “one day” is here. I am taking 14 days off in July (6th-19th) and 10 days off in August (12th-22nd) to complete my Yoga Teacher Training. It’s a 200hr course given at The Salt Spring Centre for Yoga. I have been going to Salt Spring every Spring on weekend retreats and I can’t believe it’s my turn to spend part of my summer there! What an honor! As you can see by the pictures it’s a beautiful place with all the serenity you can imagine.

http://saltspringcentre.com/

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Now as you know, I don’t like being away from my clinic too long without having someone to support you if and when you need it. Anne Vardy R. Ac. from Active Health will be available for the times I am away. She is located at 102-1625 Oak Bay Ave. near Fort Street. http://activehealthclinic.ca/about-us/meet-the-tea… cell 250.885.0964

Anne Vardy R.Ac. has been practicing for over 15 yrs here in Victoria. We often do trades and I know her style very well. You will be in good hands. She has offered to wave the consultation fee so you can get started with treatments right away.

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I am here in the clinic for another 3 weeks until July 5th. If you need any herbs/ supplements/ treatments before I leave, I would be glad to help. Ahhh this is really happening! Back in the clinic on July 20th.

I couldn’t do any of this without all of your support. Thank you so much.

With Gratitude

Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM

P.S. You can reply to this email and it will go directly to my hotmail account gigivincentine@hotmail.com

250.882.0659

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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

January 28th starts off the year of the Rooster.

Last year was the year of the Fire Monkey, which brought many surprises and good fortune. A lot of people felt pulled in different directions in 2016 but now in 2017, things are going to feel more grounded. (Continue reading by clicking the link below)

http://foreverconscious.com/chinese-astrology-year-yin-fire-rooster-2017

March 1st marks my first year anniversary in my new clinic in the Professional Building on Yates. Wow! Thank you for all your referrals and your confidence in me. I am so busy! So I have created Overflow Tuesdays. These are a few appointments not available online to help me deal with emergencies and to shorten the wait time for some of you. So if you can’t find an appointment that works for you. Text/ email or call 250.882.0659

Please note on March 1st, Acupuncture and Tuina Massage will be going up $5.

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Happy Year of the Rooster!

Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM

gigivincentine@hotmail.com

250.882.0659

 

Welcome to Fall! Stay Healthy…Stay Balanced.

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Yin Yang. What way does it go? I see it all kinds of ways. We’ll this is the way I learned it according to ancient scriptures and Chinese philosophy. The Emperor’s Palace faced South to receive the warm wind.  So, to the East (left) the sun would rise (yang). To the West (right) the sun would set and night would fall (yin). Now yang in this diagram is white, rising, warming. Yin in this diagram is black, falling, cooling, and condensing.

And so here we have the change in seasons as well. Now we are in the West (right) side of this diagram where the yang of all of Spring and Summer is now condensing into Fall, we start to nourish ourselves with all our harvests from the orchards and gardens. So the yang energy of all this bounty is now more tangible and has turned to yin nourishment as we move towards Fall and Winter ( a more yin time of the year).

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This time of year, especially late August and September, is a time for prevention prevention prevention! Keep those lungs moist and open! Herbal immune tonics are fabulous. Pear sauce with ginger and cinnamon is a good idea too. Here are some of my go to prevention strategies for kids and adults. The Deep Immune and Deep Immune Kids by St Francis is an immune tonic to help prevent colds and flus and to help adapt to the change in weather and seasons. It’s a good way to keep your energy up and your spirits bright as we move towards darker and shorter days. The Ear Oil and Children’s Ear Formula is something I always have on hand, for those late night earaches that just break your heart. And of course we have the Oregano Oil for under the tongue when you feel something coming on for adults.

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Keep yourself warm this Fall by adding ginger to just about everything! Choosing more cooked foods and steering away from cold damp foods like ice cream and melons will keep your body’s energies warm and moving.

Regular treatments help keep you “In Health”!

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See you soon!

Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM

http://www.gigivincentine.ca

250.882.0659

Welcome to Summer! Stay Healthy…Stay Balanced

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Summer Hot Fun Joy Abundance…Summer is the Fire Element and it’s time to check in with the Heart and Small Intestine. The heart houses the mind (or Shen) in Chinese medicine and it is the Emperor of all our organ systems. Any imbalance within this organ system can result in sleep disturbances, night sweats, anxiety, forgetfulness, jumpiness, and palpitations. Keeping your body cool (not cold) over the summer will help keep you in balance. Here’s how;

Melons, melons, melons… watermelon, honeydew melon, cantelope.   Have you ever tried watermelon juice? It blends easily in your blender with a little water (or coconut water to add more minerals). Yum!

Iced Tea Recipe: Jasmine Green Tea with Chrysanthemum Flowers, Goji Berries and  honey. 1-Steep the Flowers and Berries for 8-10 minutes

2-Add the Jasmine Teas, steep another 5-8 minutes

3-Remove herbs, add the honey and cool in the fridge

Some other ideas: mint, lemon balm, green tea, white grape juice to sweeten

If you are thinking about something more substantial try chinese radish soup (daikon) with tofu and mushrooms. Yum! The radish will quickly pick up the taste of the broth. In Taiwan this would be served everyday during the summer months. I really didn’t need to learn food therapy, I just needed to eat and pay attention. When the seasons changed so did what was being served. Another example is red aduki beans vs green mung beans. Can you guess which ones are cooling? You guessed it, the green mung beans. You can have them in a soup and in Taiwan I would be served green bean slush! So when winter came, out came the aduki bean soup again.

Hey this summer why not try some Qi Gong!  or Meditation! Here is a lovely book I read before I started my practice and I recently lent it out to one of my patients and she was so pleased with it, she convinced me to read it again. Here’s the link. Check it out! A Woman’s QiGong Guide, Empowerment Through Movement, Diet, and Herbs. Love it! by YanLing Lee Johnson20160620_125235

https://www.amazon.ca/Womans-Qigong-Guide-Empowerment-Movement/dp/1886969833

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And here’s what else I’m doing this summer, join me! 21 Day Free Meditation with Deepak and Oprah. Register for free at the link below! Starts July 11th.

https://chopracentermeditation.com/login?sso_code=eyJpdiI6Imd1TlpmWFd5dmJ2SGF4SEhMMENzM3c9PSIsInZhbHVlIjoiZ1NBMnlRR3RvUUt0VW9GSTVtSzBlYlRqM2JTYXQwV2o4amxwY2lkWkVoQXNhXC9SYVwvU2RTRk16Sm4wbnhpQ016TjR0R2RtWEd2Ym5NNFFGRUNKRHlGamRtalwvTzRoZ1dFb05HMldKUmZ4QkU9IiwibWFjIjoiZDA3ZWVlYjA0ZTkyYzNiNjQzZWVkZmVmNzk0NmE2YzkzMmEyOGI3YTJmYmIxOGI5ZGExNWU1MDcyNmNlMTdhOCJ9

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My last day in the clinic before summer holidays is July 22nd. If you would like some herbs or supplements before your holidays text/call me. I will be back in the clinic August 10th. Have an awesome summer!

July 25th-August 9th I will be on holidays

Like me on Facebook and check out some testimonials, health tips, nice pics, …

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In Health

Gigi Vincentine Dr TCM Dip

250.882.0659

gigivincentine@hotmail.com

http://www.gigivincentine.ca

All Natural Vapor Rub

I was so excited to make this Vapor Rub. I had been collecting the ingredients over time and this week was the week to put it all together. Yeah!

Shea Butter, Coconut Oil is the base with 6 Essential Oils:

Eucalyptus, Camphor, Peppermint,

Lemon, Black Pepper, Ginger

I wanted it to be healing for the skin and slightly warming (not too cooling)

and safe for kids and adults.

It’s for Chest, Sinus, Allergy Congestion,

Sore Muscles, Headache, or just to liven the senses.

Helps you breath easier, smells great, open everything up.

Great for Massage, Acupuncture or Guasha Treatments.

Available in my clinic

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Welcome to Spring…Stay Healthy, Stay Balanced

From the winter stews and soups, you may feel like eating crunchier foods. It is certainly time to start munching on some raw foods, but don’t over do it. Remember we need to protect our stomach fires and not douse them out by eating too many cold foods. You can always “warm up” those salads by adding some ginger to your dressing or fresh lemon juice to aid digestion.

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Canadian, Local, and Personally Made Products…My Own Vapour Rub is Next

Have you been waiting to do a cleanse? Yes, it’s time! We move into the Liver/Gallbladder season and hence we could use a little detoxifying. A simple way to cleanse during this time of year is focusing on more green in our diet. Green being the Liver/Gallbladder color of the 5 element system. What’s green in our surroundings that grow like weeds? WEEDS! i.e. dandelion greens, nettle leaves, cleavers. They grow abundantly all around us. Nettle in particular is well known to help us with our allergies. This is because of the high level of minerals and cleansing properties of this plant. Dandelion greens is a bitter plant and helps flush out the liver and kidneys. Cleavers are a diuretic, lymphatic tonic, and a detoxifier. Acupuncture or massage can be a very helpful adjunct to a cleanse by making sure the toxins are being flushed out through your sweat, bowels or urination. It can also help with irritability and low energy as we go through detoxification.

When you are on a cleanse, give yourself time and space for it. It doesn’t mean you have to quit your job or go on holidays, but you will get more benefit from it if you take time each day to meditate, do more yoga, or take some rest. There are lots of approaches to clearing out the winter cobs webs. Choose one that fits your needs and lifestyle.

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What have I been treating most this spring? Allergies! Is your nose running? Are you sneezing wildly? Don’t itch your eyes, leave them alone. How about your throat and ears? Ahhhh! There is relief! Acupuncture and Tuina massage regularly during allergy season can help relieve a lot of your symptoms.  I also include some herbal formulas that target your eyes, ears, nose and throat. GuaSha and Cupping are also very popular this time of year. Traditionally GuaSha is done within the family home in Taiwan, usually Grandma or Auntie. Here in Canada a lot more Practitioners are using it in their clinics. Give it a try!

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While I’m working on your immunity and your response to spring, I am also working on detoxifying your liver and flushing your lymphatic symstem (often seen as your Spleen in Chinese Medicine). Working on your immunity during the Fall and Winter months can help prevent some of your allergic responses in the Spring. Doing a cleanse in early Spring can also help your body deal with all the allergens in this beautiful floral city.

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https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/GVD9PP

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Happy Spring!

In Health Gigi Vincentine Dr. TCM

Victoria Professional Building

1120 Yates Street, Suite 406

http://www.gigivincentine.ca

250.882.0659