Did anyone see the picture I posted on my instagram last week? (@hollyleeverwellness). In the post I promised a blog about moxibustion, and as promised, here it is! Moxa has a very, let’s say, unique scent. When I burn moxa in the office, I typically get a lot of questions about said scent. Not everyone loves the smell, but many of my patients (and I) do love the smell. Moxibustion is a technique that involves lighting the dried herb called “Moxa” (Mugwort or Artemisia Vulgaris) on fire and allowing the embers to burn over an area on the body. This herb is warm, acrid and bitter. These qualities mean that it can aid in promoting blood circulation, and warming areas where there is cold. There are several different forms of moxa, but I typically use only two of them in the clinic.
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Often when I feel a person’s radial pulse (on the inside of your forearm, on the thumb side) during their first treatment, they are quick to tell me what their doctor has told them it means in the past. They are mostly only familiar with the pulse rate (i.e. 60 beats per minute). Chinese medicine does take the pulse rate into account, but the rate is only a very small fraction of the information that’s available in the pulse!
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Another period post, hooray! As a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, I absolutely love working with women’s health. This includes everything from period problems (PMS, pain, irregularity, no period), infertility, pregnancy, post-partum and menopause. I am fascinated by the complexity of the female reproductive system and not just as it relates to being able to having babies, but also as a reflection of overall health for women. Many women that I treat have been prescribed the birth control pill to “regulate” their cycles and to “alleviate” PMS symptoms. You can read more about my thoughts on that here. Women are told that they just have to suffer through pregnancy symptoms, get through postpartum challenges and continue to struggle as their body shifts in to menopause. This is just not the case!
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