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Moxibustion and the Kidneys

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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...

Mini Acupuncture Sessions for Immunity and Mood

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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...

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