Articles and Q&A's

May 2013

Dryness in the Nether Regions

Vaginal dryness. Not a topic commonly discussed around the dinner table but nonetheless a very common problem for women as they age. In fact, it’s estimated that after menopause up to 85% of women suffer from vaginal dryness but only 20-25% seek help. Vaginal atrophy can cause dryness, burning, itching, pain when urinating, painful intercourse, and decreased sex drive and libido. Menopause and the decreased levels of estrogen can also result in an increase in the vaginal pH resulting in an increased risk of bladder infections and incontinence.
April 2013


“Mouse Arm” is a newly coined term designating a group of musculo-skeletal problems of the forearm and hand resulting from keyboard use. Excessive and repetitive typing, clicking the “mouse”, punching smart phones all day, and playing musical instrumentals all may result in tendon and ligament strains. The resulting muscle spasm may affect nerve conduction and sensations giving rise to more pains. Computers have revolutionised all walks of life. It is estimated that two thirds city folks use some type of computer on a daily basis. This includes those who work at the cash register, punching and scanning for a few hours a day and youngsters who cannot get their hands off their iPhones. I guarantee at least 10% of my readers have some form of the conditions that I am going to describe.
April 2013

Manly Hands

When your wife tells you that you have “manly hands”, it may not always be a good thing. It could be that your hands and skin have become dry and scaly and well, frankly, very unpleasant to the touch. This is not only a cosmetic issue, but is actually a health concern. Skin is our largest organ and forms a formidable first-line defence against germs and infections, as well as moisture loss. Drying skin is breaking, thinning skin. This means that your defences are down. This often happens with aging, changing seasons, or changes in diet and lifestyle (e.g. doing more gardening or outdoor activities as the weather gets nicer).
April 2013

Seven Steps to a Vibrant Life

Springtime and Easter is a refreshing time of renewal and vitality, yet one of the most common complaints that we hear from our clients is “low energy levels”. Of course, many of them have medical reasons for this. Many more, however, simply cannot garner enough energy to accomplish their daily chores. We have a few tips to rectify this. (1) EXERCISE: One needs to make time for regular exercise. Exercise stimulates the mitochondria of your body’s cells to burn fuel to generate energy. Exercise also augments the production of serotonin and endorphin for mood and alertness. Some of our clients say, “I’m too tired to do any exercise.” Well, there are ways to help break the vicious cycle. Taking “Arnicare Sport” (formerly, “Sportinene”) can make unaccustomed exercise less painful as well as speed recovery. “Endura” is great during exercise as well as in recovery, while just a few sips of “Lucozade” can provide instant energy.
April 2013

Curamin & Curamed

Q: Can enzyme preparations serve as pain killers and anti-inflammatory agents? A.: When taken in adequate doses enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties. It should be noted that the ordinary digestive enzyme preparations are sensitive to the acidity in the stomach or they are simply too weak.
March 2013

Circulation "Keep things in your blood going round and round (Part 1)."

"Poor circulation" is not only painful or, at best, annoying but if untreated could lead to a sedentary lifestyle which ultimately results in serious chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, and organ damage. Symptoms can be quite inconspicuous and include things such as achy, tingly legs, cold, tired feet, swollen legs, or a wound on your leg that just will not heal. The cause could be peripheral artery disease, diabetes, weight-gain, edema, heredity, or all of the above. Good news is that regardless of the cause, there are several non-prescription and non-invasive ways to alleviate such symptoms. Part 1 of our article deals with the venous aspect of things; keep an eye out for Part 2 which will consider the arterial side.
March 2013

Getting Ready for Pollen Season

Thank God winter is over. The birds and the bees are just around the corner. This is good news for everybody except those who have hay fever because the pollens and tree dusts are also just around the corner. Well, if you start doing something now, maybe your seasonal allergies will not hit you so hard this year. To prevent the annoying symptoms of weeping and sneezing all day with plugged up sinuses and itch eyes, you can try a homeopathic program that I had been using for over 20 years. Take Pollen 30CH one dose (1 ml or 2 pumps placed under the tongue) once a week and Thymuline 30CH (one little tube of granules to be melted under the tongue) also once a week but on a different day of the week, for a minimum of 5 weeks.
March 2013

Housekeeping for a Healthy Body

Just as keeping our houses clean promotes a better sense of well-being and allows for greater enjoyment of our houses, keeping our bodies cleansed via detoxification helps us to feel better and enjoy life more fully. So, where does the “dirt” come from? Our daily activities expose our bodies to many different toxins. Whether they be in the form of drugs that we take for medically necessary reasons, additives or preservatives found in our food, environmental toxins found in the air around us, or cellular debris from normal metabolic processes as well as disease processes, it is virtually impossible to avoid exposure. A buildup of toxins can lead to fatigue, degeneration, ageing, and weakening of our immune defense. Toxins can lead to inflammation, which has been associated with many diseases including diabetes and cancer.
February 2013

Q&A with Dr. Henry Cheng - Vinceel Mouth Spray

Q: Is there a good healing spray for mouth ulcers and sores? A: Vinceel is a homeopathic spray designed for the mouth and throat. It heals canker sores, ulcers, cuts, blisters, burns, sore throat and gingervitis.
February 2013

Natural Remedies for Rheumatism

Rheumatism is a loose term used to describe a group of clinical pains and inflammation involving joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It may be due to old or recent injuries, degenerative arthritis, fibro-myalgia, and auto-immune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Old age, humidity and weather change are aggravating factors. Usual orthodox treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs, topical rubs, and steroids. Natural remedies can be divided into three categories: those for healing, those for controlling inflammation, and those that act like catalysts.
February 2013

Love Your Heart

"Cardiovascular disease"(CVD)... What do these words really mean? CVD refers to a whole spectrum of disease that can affect the heart and/or the blood vessels throughout the body. Cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, heart attack, stroke, dyslipidemia (abnormal amounts of cholesterol in the blood), angina and atherosclerosis. CVD is a leading cause of death for both men and women in Canada, superseded only by malignant cancers.
January 2013

Q&A with Dr. Henry Cheng - Nose Dripping in the Cold

Q: I always have intractable dripping from my nose in cold weather. What can I do?