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Moxa Power

Moxa Power

Acupuncture is like a plumber unblocking your drains.  Whereas, Moxibustion (Moxa) strengthens your system, lifts your energy, and warms the body by increasing your life force.

An Old Story About the Power of Moxa: Once a man was pulled from the water in China,who had just drowned. A Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner was there and, anxious to spare the man’s family, he set to work to restore his life energy. Since acupuncture just causes the energy that is already there to flow, he used moxibustion to lift the energy in the body and the man was restored to life.

MoxibustionWhat is Moxa?  Moxa is actually produced from the leaves of an amazing plant called artemesia vulgaris or Mugwort widely used in treating malaria and other diseases.

It comes in tiny pellets, cones, and sticks, and can be applied to the end of acupuncture needles, or placed on a slice of ginger on a bed of salt, or the sticks can be burned close to the area needing stimulation. The smell can be likened to burning marijuana, which often attracts curious comments when new clients visit the clinic. Care needs to be taken when treating patients with respiratory problems as certain types of moxa can create a lot of smoke.

What Does Moxa Do? It strengthens and elevates your Qi energy.  Moxibustion is widely used in Chinese medicine in conjunction with acupuncture to manage and relieve pain symptoms – especially chronic, stubborn pain. Burning moxa during an acupuncture session may unblock and increase your energy.

Autumn Breathing

Autumn Breathing

Instead of our normal healthy food recipe, this month we provide the recipe for a basic, but extremely powerful, autumn breathing exercise to help you avoid lung problems during the winter.

Autumn can be a very drying time for lungs, which makes them more susceptible to winter infections and coughs, but practicing this autumn breathing exercise regularly will strengthen your lungs, increase your metabolism and build immunity, and also help your pores to excrete toxins.

You’ve probably heard of Belly Breathing before, but did you know that it is important to co-ordinate your inhaling and stomach expansion and exhaling with stomach contraction for best results?

Instructions:

  1. Place one hand on your stomach, and the other on your chest. While doing this breathing exercise your chest should not move, just your belly.
  2. Inhale deeply and feel your stomach expand like a balloon. Count to 4.
  3. Exhale and feel your stomach deflate (as though you are letting the air out of a balloon). Count to 4.
  4. Hold and count to 4.
  5. Repeat exercise 5 times, 3 times per day.

This maximises your oxygen/carbon-dioxide exchange, not only strengthening your lungs, but also providing greater oxygen flow throughout your body for increased energy and performance as well as greater immunity from infection.

Keeping your chest still as you breathe also reduces tension in your neck and shoulders. You can’t breathe in your upper chest and relax!

What Are Those Marks?

What Are Those Marks?

Chinese Cupping TherapyChinese Cupping

Some people do get marks (even bruises), others don’t. 

What is Cupping? If you haven’t yet experienced cupping, glass cups are heated and applied to your skin where they create a vacuum that softens tight muscles.

Regular cupping or sliding cupping (oil is rubbed into the skin so that the cup slides easily) are a possible preparation for acupuncture or massage. By softening the muscles and releasing the energy flow in advance, your massage or acupuncture can be more effective.

What Does Cupping Feel Like? Many clients say that cupping feels weird the first time, but then they ask for it again. It’s an odd thing, but while many people love it, and a few just endure it, no-one hates it (yet!)

 To read more about how Cupping Therapy can help you, simply click on this Cupping Therapy link.

Click this link to see a great photo of Cupping’s Olympic Moment

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are generally considered to be safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.

Migraines….a pain not worth putting up with!

Migraines….a pain not worth putting up with!

If you have ever had a migraine, you can understand how debilitating the pain can be.

For some people, a migraine may last for few hours, but for other people a migraine can last for days. Accompanying symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, plus sensitivity to light and sounds. Certain foods and increased stress levels can be triggers for a migraine. For some women, migraines can occur cyclically during their menstrual cycle.

In Chinese medicine terms migraines are seen as a pattern of disharmony within the body. headaches and migraines

Today’s modern society’s busy and tense lifestyle can contribute to migraines. What can you do to help yourself?

• Eating regularly,
• Resting and sleep regularity
• Acupuncture and herbal treatments to help with stress
• Regular physical exercise,
• Emotional/stress control techniques
• Calming activities and use of relaxation techniques

There is strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture for headaches (tension-type and chronic) and migraine prophylaxis with reviews of consistent statistically significant positive effects and where authors have recommended the intervention. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality. (updated 28 Nov). Please refer to AACMA – Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association for The Acupuncture Evidence Project: 

Chinese medicine treatment may be able to assist with:

    • Pain relief and management 
    • Stress 

Conditions with strong evidence supporting the effectiveness of acupuncture

Our special thanks goes to AACMA – Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association for The Acupuncture Evidence Project: 
The items below have reviews with consistent statistically significant positive effects and where authors have recommended the intervention. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality. (updated 28 Nov)

– Migraine prophylaxis
– Headache (tension-type and chronic)

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are generally considered to be safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.

We recommend that you make an appointment to talk with one of our practitioners to discuss how we can help you.