53rd Issue | December, 2021


Guiding Needle Acupuncture has the following mission: “To elevate the consciousness, robust health and vitality of humanity.”


With the season of winter comes shorter hours of daylight and longer periods of darkness, as well as cold temperatures.

For some people, the shortening days of late autumn are the beginning of a type of clinical depression that can last until spring. Symptoms include and are not limited to:

  • Persistent sadness, an anxious or empty mood
  • Loss of pleasure in activities
  • Decreased energy
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Change in appetite, especially cravings for sweet or starchy foods
  • Weight gain  
  • Tendency to oversleep
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability & avoidance of social contact (isolation)
  • Feelings of anxiety and helplessness

These symptoms form a condition commonly referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which cease in the warmer lighter months of spring and summer. The dark winter months can disrupt the body’s melatonin cycles. Sun light regulates the body's production of melatonin, a hormone that lets your body know when it's time to sleep. When light levels are low, the pineal gland secretes melatonin, a hormone that it also manufactures, which is involved in the regulation of sleep and mood disorders. Melatonin has the effect of sedating the body and promoting sleep. During seasons of low light, the pineal gland constantly produces melatonin and a sleepy state is induced. SAD can be a debilitating condition, preventing sufferers from functioning normally.

Being exposed to less sunlight can affect how much of the hormone serotonin is produced. When sunlight enters the eyes, it stimulates the parts of the retina that then cue the brain to produce serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that appears to play a role in regulating mood, emotions, appetite, and digestion. The good news is that serotonin and noradrenaline-norepinephrine have been shown to be released in reaction to acupuncture; which are common stimulants used in the treatment of SAD. Acupuncture offers viable side effect free care to antidepressants for the treatment of seasonal affective disorder.

Reasons why using your benefits before the end of the calendar year will save you time and money:

Yearly Maximum

• If you have any unused benefits, they do not rollover to the next year so it is wise to plan ahead before your calendar or fiscal year ends.


• If you are paying health benefits premiums each year, take full advantage of them. Invest in your most important asset; your own robust health and vitality.

Proactive Medicine

• Proactive wellness care strengthens wellness!


Learn more in this short video discussion

In this garden analogy, Thomas shares another super fantastic robust health and vitality tip.


Upgrade Your Robust Health Care Plan - December 2021 Acupuncture Special

• Pre-paid packages offer discounts and flexibility for patients who expect to visit 1-3 times or more per week.

• Save time: avoid the hassle of waiting in line and making 5 individual payments; when you have the option of making a one time payment plan per package.

• Enjoy the convenience of scheduling appointments online in real-time, 24/7

Service expiration: Pre paid package of 5 (45 min) acupuncture services to be used before Dec 31, 2022 expiration date.

Enjoy a super fantastic holiday season and a healthy, happy successful new year!

You are one click away from natural, safe, effective, drug-free alternatives. Enjoy the convenience of reserving/scheduling acupuncture and fire cupping appointments online in real-time, 24/7

Enjoy the convenience of scheduling appointments online in real-time, 24/7

The Guiding Needle Acupuncture wellness process is designed to help you achieve your personal health and wellness goals. First time patients, begin by conveniently scheduling a comprehensive initial acupuncture assessment/treatment online. 

At your FREE initial 60 minute comprehensive acupuncture assessment, you meet one-on-one with Thomas to discuss your case in a no-pressure environment. This gives you the opportunity to see if Thomas' services are an ideal fit for you, and Thomas will have the opportunity to determine his ability to help your unique case.

An acupuncture treatment fee of $90 applies for treatment following this free initial 60 minute acupuncture assessment.

Thank you for choosing Guiding Needle Acupuncture as your provider of quality traditional Chinese medicine. I choose to be of great service to you, your family and friends now and for future years to come. Healthfully

Thomas Nerbas R.Ac, PFT

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#50 - 17 Boudreau Road
St. Albert AB