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Moxibustion and the Kidneys

Moxibustion and the Kidneys

Moxibustion is a therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine, often in conjunction with acupuncture, however it can be used on it’s own.  Most commonly in clinics the herb ai ye or mugwort is used in a stick form or rolled into small rice size pieces. There are many different ways of performing moxibustion; ai ye can be applied to the top of the acupuncture needle, or on top of herbs such as slices of ginger. In my clinic I typically use a smokeless stick over acupuncture needles or along meridians to warm and tonify the acupuncture points. Moxibustion has the following effects 1. Warming the body 2. Increasing blood flow 3. Strengthening the effect of acupuncture points 4. Turning breech babies 5. Tonifying or boosting the body’s energy Through it’s warming effects on the body moxibustion can help reduce swelling and ease joint pain or other types of pain aggravated by cold and damp. It can also aid in the recovery of injuries by promoting blood circulation. Common conditions...

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Mini Acupuncture Sessions for Immunity and Mood

Mini Acupuncture Sessions for Immunity and Mood

As the days grow shorter and the seemingly endless grey skies overcome us many people find their mood dips along with their immunity.  Fall is the time of the lung system in Chinese medicine which is closely associated with our immune system and related to the emotion of sadness or grief.  During this time people may experience recurring colds, coughs, depression, feelings of melancholy. Acupuncture can help lift your mood, boost your energy and your immune system during the seemingly endless (in Vancouver at least) drizzly days of fall and winter. To ensure a healthy fall and winter we are offering 6 weeks of mini acupuncture sessions every week Thursday afternoon. Treatments are designed to lift your spirits and strengthen your lung system. Date: Begins Thursday, October 6th, 2016 Time:  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Length: 30 minutes Cost: $30 Benefits: improved energy, stronger immune system, lighter mood and relaxation. Booking: email angela@drforan.ca to book. Booking ahead is advised however walk-ins are welcome during this time. Treatments during this...

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Heal Your Summer Injuries

Heal Your Summer Injuries

Summer provides fantastic opportunities for outdoor activity, although sometimes that can result in inflammation or injury. Common issues are strains and sprains, heat exhaustion, or general accidents. TCM approach to injuries is varied according to the injury and the stage.  There are external and internal applications which can speed up healing and recovery. Acupuncture & Cupping Acupuncture can speed up the recovery of strains and sprains by reducing inflammation, increasing nutrient rich blood to the injured area.  There are many options for selecting points, which allows the practitioner to work in the affected area or away from the site of injury. Acupuncture 2-3 times per week for several weeks is a typical treatment plan for common injuries. Electrical stimulation may also be used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the clinical outcome. Cupping is another method of promoting blood circulation and relieving swelling.   External Applications Liniments, patches and moxibustion can all be effective means to reducing pain, improving muscle or joint mobility after an injury. Liniments and patches can be...

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Cooling Acupuncture Points for Summer

Cooling Acupuncture Points for Summer

During the heat of the summer the first thing we think of to cool off is ice…..ice tea, ice cream, iced lattes, and the list goes on.  In Chinese medicine we encourage cooling the body down in gentler way rather than freezing our insides.  One way is to eat cooling food – cucumber, watermelon, chrysanthemum tea, green leafy lettuce, spinach and eggplant.  Another way is to press cooling points.  There are acupuncture points in the body that have the affect of clearing heat (ie. cooling the body).  They are easy to locate and press.   PC 3 – located at the inner elbow next to the large tendon on the inside of the body. This point is especially good for sun stroke and can be used for skin eruptions or anxiety caused by heat.       Ht 8 – located on the palm between the pinky and ring finger, when you make a fist it is the point where the little finger rests. Press this point if  summer...

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