• Tired? It’s just Fall time

    Why am I so tired, I get a LOT of that in the clinic. Most of it I get in September. Why is that?

    The quick answer is. Have you noticed it is colder? You use more energy to keep warm at 15 degrees than when it is 30 degrees. The energy comes from you, if you did not “make” more then you will have less available for other things. Did you stop doing other things? Likely not. Therefore you feel tired.

    Other reasons have more to do with history. A hundred or more years ago, think about farming. Most of it is done by now. There is a rest before the hard winters. Are you resting more? Again likely not.

    In our modern culture it is just go, go, go. But for a few thousand years most humans in this hemisphere, would be going to bed earlier as before electric lights came around, once it’s dark, it’s bed time. You can only look at each other by coal oil lamp for so long. Or so my Grandpa used to say.

    In Chinese Medicine, fall time is one of coalescing, getting things together. But again in modern times, with out the need to prepare food and other necessities for winter we just keep going.

    What can you do? Watch a season or two of “Alaskan Survival” and head on up north and get back in tune with nature… Or

    Get a bit more to eat, get a bit more rest, put on a jacket. I know you just want to wear shorts for a bit longer, but it’s over. Finish the projects and settle back into the fall routine.

    If you have kids it can be very tempting to have them in something every night, soccer, basketball, music, swimming and our favorite Kung-Fu. Do the world a favor, give them some free time and more sleep.

    This is the season when I start to see the most “illnesses” versus just injuries. It is the natural time for things to wrap up and stop for the winter. Well historically that is.

    Do yourself a favor, take it easy in September and early October and then ramp up a bit for the winter sports and you will be glad you did. Otherwise, I’ll see you soon.

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Kelowna Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies




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    Passing of a great man

    If someone has taught you, counseled you, mentored you, gave you a hand up when you needed it. Go thank them!

    Giovanni Maciocia is likely the most published English author of Chinese medicine (TCM) books in the world. He passed away last week.

    As for theory he is the most influential teacher I will ever have.

    The first TCM book I ever bought was his on tongue diagnosis. I remember in the early days holding it up to people’s mouths to compare the pictures and proudly declaring “you have a damp Spleen”. Only for them to ask what is a damp Spleen and I did not have a clue how to explain it. Now I do thanks to Giovanni.

    Then I got his book on the Foundations of Chinese Medicine and I thought hit the jackpot.

    When he taught courses, they were clear, relevant and fun.

    I started acupuncture long before the internet was a big thing. There was no Amazon to order the latest book. There were no latest books. Giovanni’s books really shaped a generation of practitioners.Read more

  • Time and Healing

    Over the years I have seen several thousand types of injury’s. Some are easily healed and others are not going to be healed completely. I think all things can be improved and with time and direction amazing things can happen.

    The challenge comes in how long do you give a person to help you? I have seen hundreds of people that have been going to someone 3 times a week for a year and they are in pain all that time. I wonder what kind of sales pitch did that practitioner give to the client to keep them there. Also what is that practitioner thinking to keep a person that long with no feedback of improvement.

    In difficult cases, and sometimes in “simple” cases you will likely need a few people working on you. It is very difficult to know all the treatments for all the injuries out there. Often I get people who have been with someone for a while and ask why did they not reach out for other help. The reply is normally, ‘my last practitioner said other treatments would mess theirs up’.

    That can be true for short periods of time, I don’t like people seeing someone else for a couple of days after my treatments. However if I know who it is and how they work, I can accommodate it. I don’t like them going to the gym or other strenuous activities after the treatment as it lessens the effectiveness of it.

    Here’s my point. I spent 5 1/2 years going to therapy and in my opinion NOTHING helped, it was all a waste of time. If I was not in so much pain (or stupid depending on who you ask) I would have quit therapy and started smoking pot (which I never did). But one day in Salmon Arm at a workshop for Brain Gym, three women at the lunch break cured me of all my pain! It was like magic to me and worth all the previous effort.

    Sometimes it takes time to heal. I can tell you it is worth it.

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies

  • Building an Olympic athelete

    I was fortunate to work on a medal winning athlete at the Vancouver Olympics. They are in Sochi for this one as well. Being able to talk to that person has been very interesting. The amount of luck, training, pain, dedication and good genes is a combination very few have.

    I get so many kids at work who are hurt from their sports. It’s amazing how hard parents allow kids to be pushed, and how much they pay for it. As anyone knows who has brought their child or young adult in for this I spend a lot of time saying “STOP THE MADNESS”.

    It is true someone is going to win a medal at the Olympics, or the Stanley Cup or whatever but the costs those body’s pay is a lot. Getting really good at a sport requires a whole lot of things to come together, some you can control and many you can not. The biggest limiter to a career, aside from injury, is genetics.

    If you are too small, too tall, too flexible, too much slow twitch muscle, forget it. You can play to a good level but you are only going to get hurt if you try to go pro. Ask me about it next time you are in the clinic,

    I know from experience that this will not stop anyone from continuing their trip to the ‘big leagues’ or their child’s dreams of being #1. All I ask is when they get hurt make sure they understand it is okay to tell you. Now here comes the big part. MAKE SURE THEY GET THAT INJURY FIXED!!!

    If only you could understand how those little injuries at ages 5-14 come back to haunt them at ages 15-22. Young people are so strong, flexible  and want to PLEASE everyone that they lie about how they feel. They want on the ice and will say whatever it takes to do it.

    I am a huge supporter of sports and fitness. I am not a supporter of letting someone drive a child into the ground in the hopes they might be the next big thing. Can’t they just play the game to have some fun?

    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies

  • Wait till they are thirty.

    When your children are thirty talk (read complain) to them about how tough your childhood was.

    You will likely get an interesting feedback from your kids, like “well you did that to us.”

    You will sit there with your mouth open saying something like, “but you don’t understand I had this, that and those reasons.”

    They will smile and say something like, “and that mattered to us how?”

    I remember when I heard this story I did not have a child and thought what hog-wash. Then I got one and by the time my kid was 2 I had gone to my dad and apologized for how I have commented on my childhood, twice!

    As parents it is difficult to keep our kids point of view in mind but I can tell you it will save them years of therapy and likely a lot of illness.

    Happy Fathers Day

    Thank you for reading,
    Be Well,
    Ward Willison
    Acupuncture & Other Natural Therapies