27. July 2017 · Comments Off on Some Essential Facts About Moxibustion · Categories: Acupuncture

In the Chinese healing technique of moxibustion, an herb known as mugwort or moxa is burned over the skin to produce a soothing, pleasant warm sensation throughout the body. It is an ideal therapy for autoimmune diseases, infertility, menstrual disorders, the common cold, pain, and fatigue. According Chinese Medicine, if given regularly, moxibustion therapy targeting certain points on the body is believed to lengthen lifespan and boost vitality.

The different types of moxibustion

There are various forms of moxibustion just as there are several different types of acupuncture. Moxibustion not only can be used in several various methods, many herbs and tools can also be used. You can put all the different types of moxibustion into one of two different classifications:

1) Direct moxibustion – This type of moxibustion was first utilized as far back as 600 BCE. It involves the direct burning of moxa herb directly on the skin. To prevent burning or blistering of the skin, Hsi Yun Gao (a cream that contains beeswax) and sesame oil is applied to the skin. For direct moxibustion, “gold” and extremely pure moxa that smells extremely pleasant and molded by hand into grain-sized “threads” or “cones” is used. In middle of the 20th century Japan, Fukaya Isaburo developed a method that extinguished the burning moxa cones with a bamboo tube. Pinching the burning moxa cone using the fingers is how practitioners traditionally extinguish the burning cone.

2) Indirect moxibustion – This is a safer kind of moxibustion therapy that uses different methods and materials and methods. In this type of moxibustion, an isolating substance is placed between the skin and burning moxa to prevent the blistering or burning of the skin. Indirect moxibustion has many different forms:

a) Moxa cones – Moxa cones larger in size are burned on top of another herb are placed between the skin and the moxa. Medicinal herbal “cakes,” salt, boiled egg white, root of lotus, citrus peel, sliced garlic, gauze or cloth infused with herb, raw sliced aconite, or fresh sliced ginger or some of the common herbs used underneath the moxa cones. The practitioner chooses the substance to be used based on the state of health of the patient.

b) Stick-on moxa – This method is also known as Ibuki moxa.

c) Moxa balls – The balls are placed at the top end of acupuncture needled and an incense stick is used to light it up.

d) Pole moxa – In this type of moxibustion, a moxa pole is used made up of lower quality moxa that’s rolled into a shape of a cigar and enfolded in rice paper. Other practitioners utilize their own kind of moxa poles and add the moxa with a unique combination of herbs. Pole moxa is an ideal treatment for fatigue, digestive issues, and pain. It originally uses a moxa pole and a medicated cloth is placed over the skin. Then the practitioner lightly presses the burning moxa pole to the cloth for a second then lifts back up. The procedure is done repeatedly until the patient senses the heat. Presently, the common procedure is for practitioners to hold over the skin the burning moxa pole for a specified amount of time without the pole ever touching the skin. This method has certain disadvantages one of which is that patients sensitive to the smoke of the moxa need an effective method of ventilation to breathe easily.

e) Moxa box – In this method, moxa is burned inside a heat-conducting bamboo bowl with a mesh screen at the bottom then applied on the patient’s body. On the top and sides of the bowl are ventilation windows to help the patient breathe more easily.

f) Korean moxa bowl – A heat-conducting bowl is used in which moxa is burned inside. The bowl is then applied on the body.

Mistakes Commonly Made By Some Practitioners

When properly conducted by licensed qualified acupuncturists, moxibustion should be a very safe healing technique. Amateur practitioners, however, can be susceptible to common mistakes which can lead to infections, blisters, and burns. Some of the common mistakes when conducting moxibustion therapy include:

1) Using direct moxibustion on an acupuncture point with a needle already in it. If treatment requires the use of both moxibustion and acupuncture on an acupuncture point, a moxa ball should be applied on the needle’s top end, and the skin surrounding the needles should first be protected with skin shields before lighting up the moxa ball with an incense stick. Another method is to remove the needle, and then apply direct moxibustion. Applying direct moxa to an acupuncture point that already has a needle in it makes it virtually impossible to properly remove the moxa cone without burning the patient, and because a needle is in the skin it can also result in an infection.

2) Using a lighter to lit the moxa to an acupoint or after applying it with an acupuncture needle. In moxibustion plus acupuncture in Jacksonville, the moxa balls should be placed on top of the needle and then lit up using an incense stick to prevent burning.

3) Abandoning the patient in a room while a burning moxa is on a needle stuck in the patient’s body or a smoking moxa box, or any other type of lit moxa is on his/her body. When any type of lit moxa is on a patient’s body, a responsible acupuncturist should never leave the patient alone. A moxa that’s burning can get hot very fast. It literally takes a split second for the flame of the burning moxa to go from curative to painful.

27. July 2017 · Comments Off on How Cupping Therapy Is Done · Categories: Acupuncture

In a cupping procedure, the part of the body to be cupped needs to be identified first. For relief of pain, the cups are usually placed around the nearby acupoints or on the problematic area. In treating illnesses, the cups are applied on the back as it is the part of the body where the acupuncture points directly associated with body organs are located.

Next, the cups to be used are then selected. Because of their versatility with the heat from the fire, glass cups are often used for the treatment, although in terms of hygiene, the use of plastic cups would be preferable since they are used only once; bamboo cups can be used along with a medicinal concoction.

Once the practitioner removes the air in the bamboo or glass cup, the cup needs to be immediately placed on the body (plastic cups are first placed on the body prior to removing the air in the cup). As long as there is enough flesh in the site that can be sucked into the cups, almost any area of the body can be used in the therapy. For the posterior, the biggest cups are used while the smallest cups are used for the neck or face. The legs, back, and arms are treated with medium sized cups. Areas where cupping therapy can’t be used include areas where there are large scars or where there is little flesh.

Once the cups have been removed, they usually leave circular purple marks on the body and can be mistaken for bruises. They are not painful and after a few days, normally fade away.

The cups are retained in the body for approximately twenty minutes. Leaving them in the body for longer than 20 minutes can lead to the development of water blisters. But these blisters can also develop earlier if the force of the suction in the cup is too great. If the patient develops blisters, the practitioner can prick the blisters with a needle to drain out the fluid inside and then apply it with aloe vera gel and other soothing natural lotions. In Chinese medicine, the formation of blisters during cupping therapy is actually a good sign since it is associated with a faster healing process. Recently, because of cosmetic reasons, the process of creating blisters through cupping has been stopped.

All in all, we can say that cupping is a pain-free and extremely relaxing process. The patient always ends up feeling extremely satisfied with the procedure. There are individuals who even claim that cupping can be addictive and they go for treatment on a regular basis. It is a highly recommended form of therapy for anyone wanting to feel relaxed and be relieved of stress.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

20. July 2017 · Comments Off on TCM And Acupuncture Combined With ART Procedures Can Help Infertile Couples Conceive · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Some people think that infertility treatment is basically a product of modern day science that’s conducted through the use of modern sophisticated reproductive techniques. However, a lot of couples are now turning to Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale to help them conceive. It is interesting to see several specialists of high tech reproductive methods are now looking to the world of Chinese medicine to help their patients more so when their techniques don’t bring about any positive results.

Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture offer a number of benefits to infertile couples. Those benefits can be read in early Chinese medical documents that date as far back as the 1100 A.D. However, the origin of these therapies goes back even further (five thousand years ago) and they are as still as effective as the new medical techniques used in the world today.

Infertility affects one in eight couples. These days, a lot of women who are unable to conceive mainly consider IVF (in vitro fertilization) to help them start a family. New clinical trials have revealed that the likelihood of getting a healthy and successful pregnancy can be maximized by combining Chinese medicine and Western medicine. This has been validated by a recent German study that used acupuncture along with IVF to attain a 42 percent rate of clinical pregnancy compared to the 26 percent achieved by the control group. The study comprised of administering acupuncture right before and after embryo transfer.

A “whole body” or holistic approach taken by acupuncture and Chinese medicine in which the entire systems of the body are addressed instead of treating only the symptoms has been seen to be a more effective way of treating health issues. In this type of approach, improvement in their specific condition is not only experienced by the patients, it also leads to an overall improvement of their well being and health. A few of the great positive side effects of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treatments include weight loss, reduction of stress, enhanced levels of energy, and a better sleep pattern.

The truth is TCM has been proven to resolve issues related to reproduction including:

 Poor Sperm counts
 Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
 Painful Periods
 Miscarriage
 Endometriosis

It is no wonder then that after being treated with a whole body approach, women discover that their bodies are able to do what they were supposed to do, which is to conceive and carry a healthy baby to term.

20. July 2017 · Comments Off on Natural Remedies That Can Help Offset A Slew Of Medical Conditions · Categories: Acupuncture

A very simple form of acupuncture procedure that can be self-administered in the comforts of your own home has proven to be effective for pain and certain muscle-related symptoms. Acupuncture points have uses as a beauty treatment for thousands of years in Asia besides their use as a treatment for disease. Versatile acupuncture is really safe for self-treatment. This type of treatment can be used to do away with tinnitus.

Acupuncture treatments usually do not involve pain and the number of treatments needed depend on how long the patient has had the disease and how severe the condition is.

Chiropractic care is another type of alternative treatment that’s considered among the safest medical procedures around. Chiropractic care, just like with any medical therapy, can involve certain risks. In several instances, pharmaceutical treatments are limited due to a patient’s physical conditions like high blood pressure or pregnancy.

It becomes essential to lose weight if you are a person with a family that has a recent history of cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure. Pharmaceutical treatments are designed to be short term treatments but some people some use them on a regular basis and for extended periods of time. Long term side effects of drugs can include high blood pressure, poor memory, a weak immune system, and unhealthy skin. Acupuncture can address all these symptoms and can even boost blood flow and regulate the circulation of blood to the heart and brain making you well and strong once more.

When it comes to herbal medicine, garlic can be a therapeutic, inexpensive, and versatile powerhouse that can cure the common cold, viruses, heart issues, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Garlic can enhance the entire circulatory system of the body which leads to a better, thorough, and even distribution of nutrients and oxygen together throughout the body. An herb known as bitter melon can raise the body’s capacity to use blood glucose efficiently. Anything that boosts the circulation of blood greatly helps in alleviating headaches.

Most people tend to resolve their high blood pressure problems with prescription medications. Acupuncture in Tarzana for treatment of high blood pressure can be a safer and effective alternative. You might also be interested to know that it is also the safest way to induce labor and has a success rate that is huge. The fact is documented studies on the potency of acupuncture attests to this treatment’s usefulness for various health conditions.

A person’s blood glucose levels can be regulated with natural remedies. This can help prevent or treat diabetes. Some of these remedies can also help manage chronic eye, liver, kidney, and heart conditions.

13. July 2017 · Comments Off on The Many Uses of Acupressure · Categories: Acupuncture

Even as far back as 5,000 years ago, acupressure therapy was already being practiced in India. Unfortunately, over time, the use of this technique diminished in India but, as some historical accounts state, was preserved in Sri Lanka in the form of acupuncture were it was learned and used by nomadic Aryans or Buddhist monks who brought it to China and Japan. Currently, the general consensus is that acupuncture was invented by the Chinese which they introduced to the world. Way back in the 16th century, this healing technique was already known and practiced by the Native Americans. Clinical studies in the 20th century have played a major role in the propagation, development, and popularity of this modality. The World Health Organization has endorsed it as a valid therapy for dozens of illness and many naturopathic and allopathic physicians are now practicing this easy and simply therapy.

Acupressure and Acupuncture in Boca Raton are very closely related. The word acupuncture was derived from two Latin words ” Acu=needle” and “Puncture=pierce”. It means a method of resolving illnesses through insertion of needles at specific points in the body. Acupressure, on the other hand, is a technique that uses the application pressure of on specific points on the body with the use of a thumb, jimmy (rubber or wooden stick), finger, or hand.

Uses of Acupressure

Acupressure is basically a treatment that helps stimulate the healing power of the body. When pre-determined acupressure points on the skin surface are pressed, muscle tension is loosened that promotes the circulation of chi or vital energy and blood. This therapy may be utilized to treat various health conditions among which are back pain, anxiety, fatigue, menstrual disorders, allergies, body aches, shoulder pain, neck pain, headaches, stress, and many others.


Acupressure is contraindicated for certain illnesses that demand medical care, like infections, ulcers, or severe burns. It shouldn’t be administered on stomach pressure points when the stomach region needs to be avoided, when the patient has a life threatening condition such as stomach cancer, or if the patient is pregnant.

How Is Acupressure Used?

Usually, acupressure applies pressure using the finger, thumb, or an acupressure device called jimmy. When the energy channel through which vital or energy or chi circulates becomes blocked (due to muscle tension, stress, etc.), the body experiences pain and illnesses. Certain acupressure points are stimulated to help relax the muscles permitting the chi and blood to flow freely once more. Besides muscle tension, acupressure can also liberate an emotional lock by freeing buildup tension. This therapy can also release lactic acid that has amassed in the muscle tissues. During a strenuous exercise, the muscles produce lactic acid and the liver organ usually filters it off the blood and muscles. In Western cultures today, the various acupressure techniques are in use. They include:

• Jin Shin Jyutsu – This technique is a type of self help acupressure that instead of massage-like movements involve the light touching of the body.

• Acu-Yoga: A type of acupressure involving Yoga postures and whole body stretches that press and stimulate acupoints on the energy channels (meridians).

• Shiatsu: A robust style of acupressure involving rhythmic pressing of pressure points.

• Do-In: A type of self-acupressure that entails muscle and acupoint massaging as well as stretching, physical exercises, and deep breathing exercises.

Pressure on the acupressure points that’s either light or mild is applied during an acupressure treatment this pressure is moved around the points in a tight circle. While acupuncture is oftentimes done with the thumbs, fingers, and hands, the knees or elbows are sometimes used for certain pressure points and for certain circumstances. When pressed, the most reactive points can be sensitive or tender. The right treatment can be determined through this sensation. If the person feels no sensation, the pressure may not be strong enough or the pressure point being treated may not be the right one. During acupressure, the sensation should fall somewhere between pain and pleasure.

The Benefits of Acupressure

• Prevention: Potentially, acupressure can prevent the occurrence of all diseases including paralysis, heart and cardiovascular problems, and even cancer.
• Diagnosis: Medical examination without any tests; quick and correct diagnosis.
• Cure: All types of diseases can be potentially cured with acupressure. These include brain/ cancer conditions.

Risks: Acupressure should never be considered as a substitute for required conventional allopathic treatment. However, it can be used alongside other forms of treatment.

From The Perspective of Health, The World Could Be Divided Into The Following:

1. 15% (More or Less): The percentage of people who really require medicine, medical help, and surgery. There are more than enough hospitals and medical practitioners in the world that can address the needs of these people. When they get better, they can avail of acupressure to prevent themselves from falling ill.

2. About 25%: This is the percentage of people who are presently ill and who can be inexpensively cured through acupressure, which also can prevent them from falling ill again.

3. About 60%: The percentage of people who presently enjoy good health (including those about to be born) but are at risk of falling ill. Their sickness can be prevented through regular acupressure treatments.

13. July 2017 · Comments Off on A List Of Health Problems That Can Be Treated With Tui-Na Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture

The ancient therapeutic art of Chinese Tui-Na is centered on the use of the therapist’s hands to diagnose through palpation and address illnesses and diseases through a number of manual procedures. The therapist will customize a plan of treatment based on the specific condition of the patient to cure a specific illness. Tui na is conducted without the use of drugs or devices and solely relies on the hands of the therapist in order to treat a patient’s complaint. A highly skilled Tui-Na therapist can also include modern medical biopsy, X-ray, or MRI into his treatment plan when available. Tui na is helpful for external or orthopedic disorders.

Tui-Na and Other Manual Therapies

In theory and technique, Tui-Na is not the same as chiropractic or massage. Tui na, on a technical level, is far more encompassing and broad than either chiropractic medicine or massage. Generally speaking, massage, cannot treat diseases, but merely enhances local circulation and eases muscle tension. On a theoretical level, it utilizes the theories of traditional Chinese medicine as a basis for treatment. Also playing pivotal roles are the notions of essence, yin and yang, blood, and energy or Chi. The majority of massage therapies do not have the kind of extensive breadth that Tui-Na is known for. Almost all forms of massages lack the ability to treat problems related to bone alignment effectively. Chiropractic medicine may be useful in reducing misalignments in bony structures, but before and after re-alignment, it usually does not spend sufficient time resolving the muscles around the bony structures. Because of this, after chiropractic treatment, a lot of patients tend to experience a rebound effect. Tui-Na, on the other hand, resolves muscle tension around the bony structures immediately following treatments to reduce the risk or prevent the rebound effect.

The following is a list external disorders that Tui-Na can treat:

 Car accident injuries, whiplash
 Temporomandibular joint problems or TMJ
 Golfer’s elbow, Tennis elbow
 Strains and sprains
 Martial arts and sports injuries
 Scoliosis
 Soft tissue injuries
 Neck stiffness and pain
 Myofascial pain ailments
 Muscle adhesions and spasms
 Back spasms and low back pain
 Herniated disk
 Migraines or tension headaches
 Frozen shoulder syndrome
 Carpal tunnel syndrome

The following is a list of internal diseases that Tui-Na can treat:

 Cold hands and feet
 Weak circulation
 Chest pain (Angina Pectoris)
 High blood pressure (hypertension)
 Arrhythmias

Pediatric disorders:

 Underdevelopment
 Constipation
 Bedwetting (nocturia)
 Scoliosis

OB/GYN and Reproductive Disorders:

 Postpartum dissociation of the pubic symphysis
 Menstrual irregularities and pain
 Sexual dysfunction
 Infertility

Gastrointestinal and Digestive system disorders:

 Inflammation of the gall bladder (Cholecystitis)
 Gastroptosis
 Duodenal and gastric ulcers

Respiratory system disorders:

 Chronic Bronchitis
 Asthma

Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
(561) 932-3905

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06. July 2017 · Comments Off on The Great Benefits That Acupuncture Can Provide · Categories: Acupuncture

A true Chinese original, acupuncture has been used for ages to treat people of various kinds of ailments and illnesses. This healing modality uses thin needles inserted into different parts of the human body called acupuncture points and they are where the treatment is focused. Apart from needles, an acupuncture procedure can also involve the use of laser, heat, or pressure at the acupuncture points. The style of acupuncture treatment may vary from country to country while the basic principle stays the same. According to Chinese medicine, there are certain patterns of energy flowing inside our body and this flow is essential for health. Disease or illness sets in when this flow of energy gets disrupted. Acupuncture is used to restore the smooth flow of energy eliminating disease or illness in the process.

Healing Power of Acupuncture in Bellmore

These days, acupuncture has been getting more and more used by millions of people all over the world. They are beginning to see how it can be used to treat different kinds of health issues. Acupuncture is non-invasive and has very few side effects, which is one reason why it is very popular among people who are averse in using medications. It not only alleviates the symptoms but also addresses the root cause of a problem. Acupuncture provides an intense sense of relief and satisfaction for many people. Health issues such as nausea and vomiting can be allayed using this natural therapy. Acupuncture is used to treat post-surgery dental pain. Other conditions such as asthma, stroke rehabilitation, low back pain, headache, and addiction can also be addressed with this treatment that have shown to produce incredible results for a lot of people.

The following are just some of the great benefits acupuncture can provide:

1. Acupuncture cures seasonal allergies

2. With electro-acupuncture, the number of migraines per month can be reduced.

3. Acupuncture raises the mood of a person by stimulating the neurotransmitters in the brain

4. Acupuncture lowers weight and cures obesity

5. Acupuncture improves the activities of immune cells

6. It cures insomnia and other sleeping problems

7. It helps in maintain body temperature balance.

8. It addresses problems associated with lower back pain or discomfort.

9. Regular acupuncture treatments can lower blood pressure and stress levels that keep the heart healthy.

Acupuncture Side Effects

Accidental punctures in the lungs can occur due to the incorrect placement of the needles. This can be serious since it can lead to partial collapse of the lungs. Bacterial infections, hepatitis, and other infections can occur at the site of insertion. You can avoid all these side effects if you seek treatment from a licensed and qualified acupuncturist.

06. July 2017 · Comments Off on A Basic Overview Of Acupressure Pet Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

If you are into holistic therapies not only for yourself but for your beloved pet as well, then providing them with massages in addition to highly nutritious cat food, dog food, and nutritional supplements can greatly improve their overall health and well being. Besides being a great way to detect issues on your pet that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, it is also an excellent way to bond with your beloved animal.

Acupressure therapy or massage is perhaps the best treatment to try if you want to relax your cat or dog’s muscles and improve their inner wellness in a safe, painless, and effective way. Both therapies stimulate naturally the body’s own natural healing chemicals: neurotransmitters. The following is a few basic tips on how to help your animal relax.

Look for a peaceful and quiet place and select the appropriate time. Begin by using your hand to gently stroke the hair of your pet from head to the end of the tail. Repeat many times this in a gentle way that allows your pet to relax. You will sense the relaxation yourself firsthand.

Scattered throughout the body are hundreds of so-called acupoints. These points are located between the bone and the muscle. You can go online and search for a site that can tell you where these points are exactly found. If you give your pet basic massage, concentrate on the part that seems to be ailing him or her. Massage that area for some minutes.

Perform a constant circular pressure using one fingertip to the specific acupoint. Rub the point in a clockwise direction to activate it and provide it with extra energy.

Massage in a counterclockwise direction if you want to relieve your pet’s sore muscle or if you wish to relax your pet.

Besides your pet, it is important that you also learn to relax. Breathe deeply and slowly, as you exhale, expand your gut out and as you inhale pull your stomach in.

As the energy of your pet meets yours, you will observe and also sense the alignment between the two of you. Your breathing can become closer to your pet’s rhythm and you can move so you may be able to come into contact with specific acupoints more often. This essentially is a sample of human-animal bonding.

Near the end of your massage therapy, your animal should be well-relaxed so much so that you can softly rub its muzzle, around the eyes, and the ears. When you’re finished, slowly rise to signal your pet that the session is over.

That is an extremely simple overview of some of the holistic therapies you may want to try.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983