Liver IV Therapy and Hangovers

Liver IV Therapy and Hangovers

by Dr. Alisha Rawji ND

IV therapy stands for Intravenous Therapy. Vitamins and minerals are administered directly into the venous system which allows for 100% absorption into the body via the blood stream, and into the cells via diffusion. The Liver IV, is wonderful for speeding up the cleansing and detoxification processes of the liver, especially if one has been exposed to toxins such as environmental pollutants, or excessive alcohol consumption for example. Especially after  wild stampede party or company bbq…


When alcohol breaks down, it forms compounds called aldehydes. Aldehyde build-up in high amounts in the bloodstream can be toxic to the liver, and when it builds up too much, can cause many of the typical hangover symptoms such as: nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, fatigue, weakness, irritability, headaches, muscle and body aches, loss of memory, and loss of consciousness.


Glutathione, is the most abundant antioxidant found in the body. It is very poorly absorbed orally, and therefore it is very commonly added as a liver detoxification agent in an IV therapy protocol. Taurine and Magnesium also have added benefits for not only liver detoxification, but also for brain function and overall health.


When aldehydes build up, glutathione gets depleted. Glutathione is also known as the ‘mother of all antioxidants’ – and it truly is. It is vital in detoxifying (turning over toxic agents into non-toxic forms) in the body, and works within liver cells to do this. Glutathione is absolutely vital, therefore, in liver detoxification by clearing toxic aldehyde buildup in the liver, and is, very important in the prevention of hangovers symptoms. Glutathione is also very well researched in the management of liver disorders and is known to have anti-aging and antioxidant effects. As well, it is very poorly absorbed orally (by mouth); therefore IV therapy (or injections) are the most effective ways to administer glutathione into the body.


Finally, alcohol works as a diuretic, which means one will excrete fluid at a high rate through urination. This causes a large amount of dehydration, due to loss of both water and electrolytes, as well as water-soluble vitamins such as B-vitamins, vitamin c, magnesium, and other trace minerals. This rapid elimination can further exacerbate vitamin and minerals deficiencies; which is why, replenishment via IV therapy can greatly help liver health due to excessive drinking, and can also be helpful for elimination of toxins from the body, in general.


For more information, or to find out how to book in an IV therapy treatment, contact Docere Wellness Centre at or call 403-452-6262.


Sound & Vibrational Reflexology

Sound & Vibrational Reflexology

by Jolene Tse RMT, CIMI, CR, URM, KRM, MMP,

Practitioner / Light Language Transmission / Sound Bath Meditation Facilitator / Moving Meditation Facilitator

Modern reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy. There is evidence of some form of foot and hand therapy practiced in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C. and also at the same time in Egypt, as depicted in the tomb of Ankmahor. The North American Indigenous tribes are also known to have practiced a form of foot therapy for hundreds of years.

Reflexology was introduced to the U.S.A in 1913 by William Fitzgerald, a medical doctor who specialized in ear, nose and throat issues. His findings and techniques were later evolved in the 1930’s-1940’s by Eunice Ingham, a practicing nurse and physiotherapist. She claimed that the hands and feet were extra sensitive and mapped the entire body in reflexes, zones and meridians on the feet.

Traditional reflexology techniques are offered with the integration of sound and energetic medicine. Gentle reflexology techniques of pressure/release presentation are used on the soles of the feet, top of the foot and around the ankle region.

Transformational frequencies are integrated through the use of sound and energetic medicine, creating harmonic resonance within the be-ing as a whole. Tuning forks are intuitively placed on regions of the feet and/or hands and/or face to assist and support whole body and be-ing transformation. The recipient is fully clothed with feet and ankles exposed, lying comfortably on the table (either prone or supine). Soft and nourishing music plays in the background, surrounding the recipient with love and light of the multidimensional realms.

Experience, and receive this expansive offering transcendence creating your “zen” space!

1.0hr session (Hands &/or Feet) $ 85.00

1.5hr session (Hands, Feet, Face) $ 115.00

Meet Jolene Tse, RMT

Meet Jolene Tse, RMT

Massage therapy was my entrance into the health and wellness profession this lifetime.  During my 20+ years of practice. I continually gather tools to expand my well be-ing and inturn share those with whomever crosses my path.  I clearly re-member one of my teachers introducing energy healing and transformation to our massage class, so many years ago.  Little did I realize that this would soon be the path that I would begin to know and re-member in great depths of the infinite!  He was different than the “scientific/medical” teacher, but he just “knew”!  I was fortunate to begin working in the health and wellness industry in 1998, before I even graduated from the Orthopaedic Institute.  So, Massage Therapy became a foundation and launch pad for many great learnings!  And, as my journey would have it, I required healing and chose to receive it from another source outside of western medicine and the pharmaceuticals.  It was through Reiki, that I began my healing and transformational process ……and it has been a colorfully, fantasmic journey since! The most transformational moments were those when I first loved myself!  The experience was beyond sharing in the human language…..and each moment of expanding the love for myself to create a love of my wholeness has been incredible!  It is an infinite journey of universes that reside within and around me!…. and I am loving every moment of this life!!

My divine purpose as a lightworker illuminates with love, compassion and joy! I am one of the many who are assisting in the “awakening” (raising of consciousness levels) of hu-manity and of mother earth… Master of Light!  I facilitate the healing through an alchemy of Massage therapy, Sound, Vibration and Energetics.  My hearts’ continual desire for connecting pieces of the divine template within me has guided me into experiencing various teachings and courses of self-exploration… igniting lifetimes of remembering and connection to source/creator!!  As I continue my personal journey, I share knowings, wisdoms and learnings in the fields of Acutonics & Fibonacci Process; Sound Healing and transformation through Crystal/Alchemy & Tibetan Singing Bowls; Firewalking; Gemstone & Ascended Master Aromatherapy; Massage Therapy (Relaxation, Therapeutic, Pre-Natal); Infant Massage Instruction; Millenium Method; Traditional Native & Elemental Teachings; Sacred Rays of Light; Sound & Vibration Reflexology; Usui & Karuna Reiki Master; Voice & Light Language; Yuen Method. I also facilitate group offerings (private and public), Sound Meditation and Moving Meditation.

You will also dis-cover expansion of explanations here,  supporting the logical mind and the heart centered  🙂

I have experience working with and supporting individuals of all ages!…..and love and am grateful for every moment!  Experience your transformational session, as you continue your journey of self love and transformational self dis-covery!  There are tools around each and every one of you, supporting you in healing, transforming and transcending “issues.”  Many of which are related to EGO (what is created by the mind = everything other than love, compassion and joy) and encodings passed on from ancestory ( DNA/Energetic).  Journey beyond the western medical structure and experience an awakening of understanding your own vibration and how life happens for you and by you!

You have the ability to create and be the change that you wish for in your life, mother earth and for hu-manity!  Honour your beautiful, loving, divine essence! Invest in yourself!

I offer Massage Therapy &/or Integrative sessions specifically created for you in the moment!!  These opportunities of transformation (of aches & pains, fears, anger, sadness, grief, worth, stillness ect)  offer you feelings of be-ing lighter, brighter and ……new!  Shedding old vibrations in the hu-man forms of patterns (thought, practices etc), DNA activations and more….. within the expansion of knowing and loving who you are- the purity and light that resides within…and allowing the physical body to ascend in frequency too!  Transforming and transcending vibrational frequencies that no longer serve your space of be-ing…..   Explore the realms beyond! … Explore the sciences of Quantum Physics, Cymatics and Acoustics!

Multidimensional vibrations of peace, love and joy are offered to you as you travel within your infinite universe of opportunities and possibilities!

Blessings to you filled with love, light and crystalline rainbow rays! In gratitude for all that I am and to all that are of my universe….Namaste.  And it is so.  Jolene Tse 🙂

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Challenging negative thinking patterns and behaviors
Dr. Alisha Rawji Bsc, ND.

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” –Deepak Chopra. I absolutely love this quote and I keep it as a daily mantra to remind myself that I am truly in control of how I choose to react to the events that are happening in my life. In a fast-paced and ever-changing world, it is far too easy and very common to get into our own heads. With that, we can often get fixated in ruminating and extremely repetitive thoughts. The most challenging part about it is that it’s difficult to even notice, as our thought patterns and ways of thinking become so ingrained into our psyche, we can often fail to notice that it is actually happening. It becomes our automatic machinery, and we can inevitably be left feeling stuck, trapped, and at times helpless; however, we never truly are. We have the ability to be flexible and malleable in modifying our thought patterns, more so if we have the capacity to recognize what those are.

Hunter et al (2009) from Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care explain how to challenge several of these negative thinking patterns, and how to properly catch yourself in them:

1) All or nothing thinking-you can only see things in extreme opposites of the spectrum or in black and white, and there is no room for anything else or no happy medium. “I am either everything, or I am nothing.”

2) Jumping to conclusions-negative conclusions are made with little or no facts to back them up. “My loved one isn’t home yet, the only possible conclusion is that something bad must have happened to them.”

3) Fortune telling-you assume that things can, and will, certainly end badly. “Because I didn’t get a good grade on my exam, I will ultimately fail out of my program.”

4) Should statements-words like ‘I should ‘I must’ ‘I ought to’ can lead to extreme anxiety and dis-illusions of oneself and one’s values, abilities, and self-worth. “I am of a certain age, which means I should be married by now.”

5) Emotional Reasoning-the notion that because you feel a certain way, the assumptions you make about how you feel must be true. “Since I feel anxious, it must mean that there is something seriously wrong going on.”

There are many other disoriented thinking patterns discussed by Hunter et al (2009), however those are the most common ones that I have encountered in practice. Often, we are a subtle combination of many of them, even within a single day. This is why I love sending home Automatic Negative Thought records (or ANTs), as it gives people a chance to see these thought patterns head on, and it really gives an idea of how their thoughts effect their reality.

Having an aptitude to examine upsetting thought patterns is extremely helpful. It gives an individual the chance to really see those patterns for what they are, as well as to really challenge them. Seeing a thought pattern in front of you, and examining evidence for, as well as evidence against it, really helps rationalize something that is usually at a deeper level, very irrational.
It is very common to see stress, and anxiety manifest into physical illness, and I have seen this time and time again. Stress causes inflammation in the body and can cause serious digestive, joint, and even perpetuate autoimmune disorders (Gabor Mate 2003, When The Body Says No). It is truly fascinating to see what stress reduction and increasing positive mental-emotional coping mechanisms can do, not only for better mental health, but physical health and fitness as well.

I also find it very important to examine physical and organic causes which can perpetuate depression, stress and anxiety, and working to heal those triggers at the same time. Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), adrenal fatigue, sleep deprivation, poor diet, cortisol or hormonal imbalances, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, (often vitamin D3, or B12), as well as ferritin, and iron deficiencies, can all help with identifying any pre-existing states that need to be examined in order to make sure a sincerely holistic and all-encompassing approach is taken.

Adrenal injections, high dose B-complex injections, as well as traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, botanicals, supplements and diet, all work together to ensure an individual’s ability and resilience to stress is at its truly optimal state.


Hunter et al (2009), Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care.

Gabor Mate (2003), When The Body Says No.

Instead of “when”, what about “and”?

Instead of “when”, what about “and”?

By Amanda Delamer, MSc, ACC, CPCC

My family and I just got back from an amazing trip to Argentina. It was so restful and rejuvenating, and I didn’t come back feeling like I needed a vacation following my vacation. Yesterday, I was reflecting on our time away and the joy I experienced, and then remembered that I had experienced some anxiety and panic leading up to our trip.

I don’t know about you, but every time before we go on vacation somewhere hot (i.e., where wearing a bathing suit is involved) a lovely little voice likes to pop into my head and say…”okay, you’ve got X amount of days/weeks to lose X amount of pounds. When you lose some weight you will be ready to have an amazing time on vacation. When you drop 10 pounds you will be happy.”

This voice is certainly not coming from my inner leader, but instead a sneaky saboteur trying to convince me that I will be happier “when”. A few days before our trip to Argentina (where we have family and friends who I will see again) the lovely voice was back letting me know that “you’ll be okay this trip, but think about next time when you have lost some of your baby weight.” Yep, the voice is good, it’s so positive and optimistic, NOT!

With so many years of experience with this lovely little voice…I witness myself moving quite quickly from “when” to “and”. I love my life, I love me as I am, in this moment AND I will continue to live a healthy lifestyle. If that results in dropping a few pounds, great, but the joy I experience in my life and my love for myself, in this moment, is not dependent on it.

So what’s your “when”? When I…lose 10 pounds, get that promotion, have children, finish this big project at work, move into a larger home…Whatever it is, what would it be like to feel joy now, in this moment AND commit to goals that are important to you? You might even find that finishing a project or dropping 10 pounds – that goal that has the “I will be happy when…” attached to it – is really not what is most important, you just have it on your “to do” list because you’re supposed to or you think you should.

What if you experienced joy in your life, loved your life and loved who you are, as you are today, in this moment?

I’m not saying drop your goals, go after them if they are important to you. I’m just throwing out there that experiencing joy and fulfillment is something that is available to you in this moment, if you are willing to let it in. And you can have goals and create change in your life.

Amanda Delamer is a self-awareness and fulfillment coach. Amanda coaches and supports people in living healthy, balanced and fulfilled lives. She coaches and honours the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Her clients experience fulfillment in all parts of their lives – health, family, relationships, career, and beyond – and they value and appreciate that all parts of their lives are connected, and that we all have responsibility in and for the world around us. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three children.

Book in for your complimentary coaching session with Amanda Delamer. Call 403-452-6262. NEW CLIENT PROMOTION – 4 months of Coaching for the price of 3! Create space for joy, fulfillment and self-awareness!

NADA Protocol for Smoking Cessation and Addictions

NADA Protocol for Smoking Cessation and Addictions

Dr. Alisha Rawji BSc, ND

The NADA protocol stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol which promotes detoxification and aid and recovery of addictions, smoking as well as mental calming (and relaxation), using auricular, or ear, acupuncture. Five standard points are used in the outer ear, which systematically and energetically correspond to organ systems in the body, and thus, help promote and engage detoxification pathways.

The points used are: Shen Men, Kidney, Lung, Liver and Sympathetic. These auricular points correspond with the various organ system, based on their location on the ear. Because of this, practitioners differ in their administration of the treatment; some will needle both ears in one treatment, others will needle one ear at each treatment (switching sides each time), and both variations have been proven to be effective.

What the points do:

1. Shen Men is also known as the ‘spirit gate’ point in Chinese medicine. It is the central grounding point, calms the mind, and centres the core of the person.

2. Kidney: Encourages trust, self-worth, inner confidence, will power, and calming of fears.

3. Lung; Balances and encourages healthy lung function, as well as helps with feelings of grief and letting go.

4. Liver: Regulating and harmonizing adequate Qi and blood flow, for detoxification. It also aids in promoting acceptance, smooth energy flow, depression, and feelings of stuck or frustration.

5. Sympathetic-it is meant to balance the autonomic nervous system, and the immediate stress reaction known as the fight or flight response.

A typical treatment will last roughly 30-45 mins, on a weekly basis for about 6-8 weeks. Patients who receive the treatment report feeling lighter, and more energized, and a reduction in cravings and anxiety, improved sleep and greater optimism towards quitting. It is most effective when used along with other treatment protocols or smoking cessation programs.

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In naturopathic medicine, herbs such as Passiflora, Avena Sativa, and Lobelia for example, are used to both relax the mind and reduce cravings. Also, when used alongside already existing protocols, have high rates of long-term success. CBT or Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy such as daily thought records are also fundamental pieces to treatment to be used alongside acupuncture and botanical medicine, especially for understanding stressors and triggers.

Acupuncture use for additions has been longstanding for many years, dating back to the 1970s. The NADA protocol was developed and at this time, at the Lincoln Hospital in New York. It was originally used for drug and opioid addiction, and still is used as a detoxifying program today. It was known afterwards as the Lincoln Detox Center, and now as the Lincoln Recovery Centre. It was developed within the Acupuncture Clinic and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of Psychiatry at this established hospital. It was soon realized that it was a highly effective treatment for smoking cession as well, in addition to drug and opioid addictions, and is still used prominently today.

It has also been shown to be used in the adjective care of post-traumatic-stress-disorder for the US Department of Defence and Veterans Affair (2010), as well as recognized by the US Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2007). Guidelines and best practices of this protocol have been recognized by the United Nations (2006).

Detox treatment Northwest CalgaryThe NADA protocol has been shown to increase effectiveness of existing treatments as well, especially when on a smoking cessation protocol or support group. Often times, NADA has been known to be used in a group setting or at group therapy sessions as well as support groups. In addition, working alongside an established practitioner can enable individualized care and progress and to make sure that all aspects of the person’s experience is being accurately assessed and thoroughly investigated for maximum success. However, group settings do offer a sense of support and accountability amongst groups of individuals who are determined to quit together. Having accountability, whether it be in the form of a clinical or practitioner, or from peers, family and friends, or other support systems, is highly valuable and highly recommended for the greatest success in quitting and for long-term and lasting results.


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