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Resolve Aggressive Energy (AE)

Posted by Thomas Nerbas on March 25, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Aggressive energy (AE) is a condition that occurs when the vital energy of one or more organs or functions is polluted and becomes a destructive, attacking force when energetic and functional imbalance occurs. For example: when a pathologically overcontrolling "fight or flight" sympathetic nervous system response becomes dominant, it suppresses the parasympathetic nervous system "rest and digest” function, preventing the digestion of food, if this situation is unresolved, prolonged and ongoing; excess leads to deficiency.

AE can be generated internally after experiencing: 1) Relentless or overwhelming physical, psychological, emotional or spiritual stressors beyond what a person can manage. 2) Ceaseless illness that aggravate a person relentlessly, overwhelming an organ or function.

AE can be contracted externally after experiencing: 1) Exposure to prolonged toxicity including, but not limited to prescription drugs, recreational drugs, and severe environmental toxicity of air, food and water. 2) Exposure to external pathogens in the environment such as cold, wind, heat, dryness, damp. 3) Exposure to situations and places of trauma or in interactions with another person who has AE. 4) Combinations of the above.

AE is a pernicious influence that can be generated internally by the mind projecting the source of its pain outward rather than resolving the inner issues on which suffering is based, causing emotions to stagnate with internal friction and heat, with the result that they fulminate and become toxic. Pathological emotional states often result with a deviant type of behaviour such as addiction. In every instance, addictions are compensatory behaviors that dysfunctionally enable a person to avoid cultivating virtue and avoid taking responsibility for one's own suffering. Clearing AE can help release the force out of the addictive behavior long enough to catch a glimpse of what life is like without it.

Patients who test positive for AE are given acupuncture treatment to drain the presence of AE through superficial needling on the back. After successfully clearing AE, a person’s entire system can finally allow him or her to relax, the true self may shine through as if the clouds have cleared and the sun that has always been present, is now unobscured and illuminating.

Thomas encourages proactive medicine wellness care. Need a check up? How is the quality and quantity of your sleep? What is the quantity and quality of your energy throughout the day? Do you experience muscle tension or pain anywhere in your body? Do you feel emotionally balanced? Are you managing stress well? Are you enjoying regular comprehensive wellness care?

Thomas is offering first time patients a free of charge 60 minute comprehensive acupuncture assessment. To conveniently schedule your acupuncture assessment online go to

What Is Tung Style Acupuncture?

Posted by Thomas Nerbas on April 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM


A large percentage of North America experiences pain, fatigue, excessive stress, toxic environmental conditions, nutrient deficient, chronic related lifestyle preventable diseases; Tung style acupuncture is perfectly situated to heal and prevent these pathologies. Most of the common issues Dr. Thomas Nerbas observes are long term duration chronic issues that are insidious in nature. Since 2009 Thomas has been employing the needling techniques of Master Tung Ching-Chang which are perfectly adapted for these types of diseases.

The Tung family system of acupuncture composes 740 acupuncture points. Some of these points lie on or are the same acupuncture points mandated by the People's Republic of China consisting of 365 common acupuncture points and hundreds of others have been “discovered” by the Tung family thus making this style very unique and effective. Master Tung discovered that “chronic illness” gave rise to Bi Zheng (rheumatism/pain/systemic chronic disease). Master Tung treated “chronic illness’s” not with just one needle here or there, but organized his family points into groups of 2 or more needles in close proximity to each other along the channel/vessel. Master Tung concluded that just one needle on a channel was not enough to clear chronic or systemic illness’s.

Thomas is grateful for the opportunity to successfully employ advanced Tung's style acupuncture for thousands of patient visits annually, cultivating clinical efficacy and insight to better serve his patients. Thank you for choosing Dr. Thomas Nerbas as your acupuncture provider; consciously assisting and promoting your total body wellness.



The Ancient Art Of Cupping

Posted by Thomas Nerbas on December 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM

In addition to acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, cupping has been used for over 2,500 years by acupuncturists and therapists in many cultures including the Chinese, the Egyptians and Greeks. Cupping eventually spread to many countries of Europe and is now employed worldwide.  Originally, animal horn was used for cupping, eventually bamboo cups were used and today, we use glass cups in a variety of different sizes. Cupping is a suction technique designed to pull toxin build-up and muscle spasm from the body’s deeper tissue to the surface of the skin for elimination. The result is relaxation of tight muscles, reduced inflammation, acupuncture point stimulation, a release of toxins, increased circulation of blood and lymph, movement of fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrition to the area.


Cupping is diagnostic as well as therapeutic, and can tell us three basic things:

First, cupping tells us exactly where the problem is, as we usually cup an area slightly larger than the painful region, in order to ensure that the pain is completely covered. Some skin under the cups will colour, and some won’t, although the same amount of suction has been used with all cups. Even on the skin under a single cup, one part may colour while the rest may not.These coloured areas help us identify the sources of pain and discomfort.


Second, cupping tells us the kind of problem with which we are dealing, as problems relating to toxin build-up or muscle spasm will cause the skin under the cup to colour, whereas issues dealing with nerve or bone will not colour at all. 


Third, cupping shows us the severity of the problem. Light or moderate blockage will cause the skin under a cup to colour pink or red, and it will take a day or two for this colour to fade. Severe stagnation can cause the skin to colour a deep scarlet, purple, or even black; it may take seven to ten days for the dark colour to disperse. All of this information is helpful not only in treating the patient, but in making an accurate diagnosis.


With muscle and tissue tension present, the cupping sensation can be a bit uncomfortable for the first sixty seconds, the time during which most of the toxins are removed. The discomfort usually eases after sixty seconds. Cups rarely need to be applied for more than ten minutes. If no colour appears after a few minutes, cups can be removed and placed elsewhere on the body. Cupping is an extraordinary technique, and its effects are immediate. The healing process may be shortened by weeks or even months by using cupping therapy.


The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping loosens stiff muscles and fascia tension resolving neck pain, back pain, headaches, and other pain anywhere in the body. It promotes blood flow and sedates the nervous system; making it an effective treatment for high blood pressure and anxiety. This treatment is valuable for the lungs to enhance tissue oxygenation; clearing congestion, cough, bronchitis and the like. Resolving blockages with cupping enhances oxygen metabolism which results in improved energy and mobility. Cupping is one of the best deep tissue therapies available; affecting tissues up to four inches deep from the skin surface. Cupping removes circulatory interference allowing release of toxins, reducing inflammation and enhancing lymph circulation to enhance immune function. Increasing a movement of fresh blood improves oxygen and nutrition transfer to the area. Promoting circulation with cupping eliminates menstrual problems, digestive problems including stomach aches, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation. 


Contact Soul Fitness Mind Body Studios to schedule an appointment with Thomas Nerbas, R.Ac., PFT. to experience this ancient healing modality first hand. 

Where There Is Circulation, There Is No Pain - Optimum Wellness With Acupuncture

Posted by Thomas Nerbas on July 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Over the years of successfully employing acupuncture for eliminating pain anywhere in the body, one of the most popular questions patients ask me is: "how does acupuncture work?" This information takes precedence; every therapist must confidently and rationally explain to their patients how this medicine works, if they fail to do so, the patient may not accept the healing powers of this natural medicine.

My response to this question is: Where there is pain, there is lack of circulation, where there is circulation, there is no pain. All the healing agents of the body are found in the blood. When there is an obstruction in the flow of blood to a particular area of the body, that area will be negatively affected, resulting in malfunction. Any area of the body that is damaged due to a trauma or an internal disorder will have difficulty recovering if there is a reduction in the flow of blood to that area. In order to attain and maintain optimum wellness; the unimpeded circulation of oxygen, also known as "Qi" must be delivered to the tissues. Proper functioning of the vascular system, organ systems, nervous system allow this process to occur successfully.

Within seconds of inserting needles into distal acupuncture points (not directly needling into the area of pain, trauma and inflammation), a reduction of pain, an increased range of movement in targeted joints and body temperature balance begins. Neural pathways are stimulated, the midbrain releases endorphins/ enkephalins that bind to pain receptors along the spine and the capillary beds where the pain exists; to eliminate pain, awaken and increase vascular functioning.

The stimulation of specific points on the body affects the central and peripheral nervous systems triggering the release of the body’s own internal chemicals and blood flow. A secret healing power is inherent in the blood: the blood carries and distributes all the pain relieving endorphins, analgesics, enkephalins, anti-inflammatories, enzymes, nutrients extracted from food, life giving oxygen, hormones et cetera. The major waste removal system of the body is the vascular system. Where there is poor blood flow, there is a build up of debris, inflammation and pain in the body.

To better explain the concept of vascular blockage, I often use the garden hose example: let's say you have a water hose (vessel) connected to a water pump (heart) propelling fluid (blood) circulation. What happens when you fold the water hose in half, putting a kink in the water hose? This blocks the flow of water through the hose at the kink, allowing poor to no water circulation and backs up excessive pressure on the pump. Now relate this kink in the water hose to a vessel constricted by muscle tension, scar tissue, inflammation, structural or other interference; the blood circulation will be blocked, tissues become inflamed, pH acidic and painful due to lack of circulation of blood and body fluids. The pressure between the heart and the blockage increases and the pain becomes more intense.

The interference of the vessel must be released in order for the blood to circulate freely. Once circulation is optimal, the result is homeostasis; a constant state of relaxation in the body, it is the existence of nutrient rich, highly oxygenated blood coursing undeterred through the entire body. Such a body does not experience chronic fatigue, chronic pain, chronic indigestion or, chronic anything. Blood vessels will be vasodilated allowing the circulatory system to do its job uninhibited, there is radiant skin, a lack of acidity in the body, optimal strength and joint mobility.

Locating the weaknesses and interference of blood flow and employing acupuncture to remove the interference and reinforce the nervous system communication between the midbrain and the associated target blockage area; increases the blood circulation in the targeted area, allowing the body to regenerate itself.

If you have pain that is lingering or is not being treated by other modalities, consider acupuncture. Treatments focus on the root cause of any uncomfortable symptoms and prevention to strengthen wellness.

The various acupuncture methods that I employ stimulate the body's own self-healing responses immediately upon needle insertion; allowing you to freely move your joints during treatment; increasing range of motion joint mobility, promoting ideal pain free circulation and movement. Visit my website for more information and consider hosting me for your next group wellness workshops, group acupuncture events today, I look forward to meeting you!

The Pattern Of Truth; Resolving Our Shadow Side

Posted by Thomas Nerbas on March 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Below is a model of the Esoteric Acupuncture Pattern of Truth. This pattern is needled, retained and then removed in a specific sequence to assist each participant in completely comprehending the purpose and reasons why we are incarnated here on earth and to set into motion the frequencies needed for facing the Truth about ourselves.

We can meditate, eat healthy foods, exercise, and do healing work on ourselves and others thinking everything is complete. Many of us never deal with our dark side or our shadow side and mistakenly feel we are far superior, advanced and progressed. Our shadow side is the opposite energy field of what we prefer to project or manifest to the conscious third dimensional plane. As Tao contains yin and yang aspects, we all have a shadow side to resolve, even though we may not like to recognize and deal with this particular aspect of ourselves. Eventually we hit an energetic wall or force field called the "Ring Pass Not" which prevents us from progressing onwards until we resolve all of our issues within all aspects of consciousness, which includes our shadow side. Accessing the "Ring Pass Not" can be viewed as the frequency of synchronicity of our moral and ethical inventory for all thoughts, words, deeds and non-deeds. The only way to transcend the ring pass not is to resolve all conflicts, moral and ethical inventory for all actions, non-actions, thoughts, words, deeds, unconquered personality characteristics, and shadow side in a Truthful positive accountability manner.

By needling this Pattern of Truth sequence, we access the higher frequencies of accountability, responsibility which causes us to acknowledge and integrate all of our issues, assisting us in our Inner growth and development. Following the opening and activation of Truth energies, we will no longer be able to act out unconscious behaviors that are harmful to ourselves, to others, to the environment and all that is. Where we place our thoughts, our Qi (energy) follows. The energy encodings installed through the Pattern of Truth integrate being truthful to all.  

In Esoteric Acupuncture Gateway to Expanded Healing Volume 1, Mikio Sankey writes:

The Pattern of Truth is especially beneficial to those people who are somewhat hardheaded and don't seem to learn their lessons very well. These are the same people who allow themselves to be placed in similar situations, or similar games, where they consistently make the same mistakes over and over again. A common type is the person who always picks a certain personality type with whom to fall in love. That person is consistently "dumped" by that same personality type, or constantly heartbroken, because the same patterns occur over and over again. The "victim" has not learned the lessons and therefore must repeat them. That person has not recognized the need to go inward, or is not able to go inward and face the shadow side. It is very difficult to resolve these issues and move forward in a positive manner, without being truthful to ourselves. The energies installed by the needling sequence of the Pattern of Truth will set in motion the correct vibrations needed to begin eroding the frequencies of delusion, mistrust, and friction (1).

Mikio Sankey discusses how the Pattern of Truth also removes negativity and allows expansion in Esoteric Acupuncture Gateway to Expanded Healing Volume 1:

The frequency of Truth vibrates in a manner that will not attract negative energy to its vibrational field. Any negative energy that happens into this vibrational field cannot remain negative for long in this space. The frequency of Truth and being truthful are energies of expansion. Expansion opens up the vibratory rate which forces us to be responsible for all of our actions. This in turn will lead to a higher understanding of ourselves and a desire to embrace self-love, self-worth, integrity, and the need to share and help others. Part of this journey of expansion includes recognizing and dealing with our shadow. The Pattern of Truth will initiate the process of expanding our awareness to understand why someone, or something, is irritating and to pull away all of the veils so we are forced to deal with these issues (2).

Most systems of medicine focus and emphasize treating the dense physical body with some attention on the emotional and mental planes of consciousness. Esoteric acupuncture emphasizes the Wellness stage and the spiritual centre of the Being rather than treating the disease stages. Esoteric acupuncture replaces the old paradigm of waiting for an imbalance to occur before taking action.

Your facilitator of esoteric acupuncture: Thomas Nerbas R.Ac


1.         Mikio Sankey,   Esoteric Acupuncture Gateway to Expanded Healing Vol.1   (USA: MOUNTAIN CASTLE PUBLISHING. 1999), p. 283.

2.         Mikio Sankey,   Esoteric Acupuncture Gateway to Expanded Healing Vol.1   (USA: MOUNTAIN CASTLE PUBLISHING. 1999), p. 284-285.