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The Gynecological and Obstetrical Benefits Of Moxibustion

In traditional Chinese medicine, Moxibustion is a technique that entails the burning of a spongy herb small herb called mugwort, also known as “moxa,” to promote healing. For thousands of years, people in Asia have used moxibustion to treat a variety of ailments and maladies. In fact, acupuncture has a Chinese character that literally means “acupuncture-moxibustion,” when translated. As with almost all types of types of Chinese medicine, moxibustion is mainly used to facilitate the smooth flow of blood and qi, resolve inflammation, and keep the body in good health and wellbeing.

If needed, many practitioners include moxibustion into their acupuncture treatment protocol. Moxibustion can also be used as a standalone therapy. Some patients are provided with a stick of moxa to continue treatment at home. To safely self-treat themselves at home, patients are given instructions by their acupuncturist on how to properly administer treatment.

Direct and Indirect Moxibustion

These are the two types of moxibustion. In the first type, direct moxibustion, a small moxa in the shape of a cone is placed on top of a protective balm set over a pressure point and lit. The patient experiences a sensation that warm and pleasant that goes through the skin and deep into the body.

In the other type of moxibustion, indirect moxibustion, a cigar-sized and shaped moxa stick, is burnt and placed close to the treatment site for a number of minutes. There is also one other form of indirect moxibustion in which both moxa and acupuncture needles are used. In this technique, the acupuncturist first sticks a needle into an acupoint. Then a moxa cone is placed on the head of the needle and burned producing heat to the surrounding area and the point. After achieving the desired effect, the moxa flame is put off and the needle removed.

The Uses of Moxibustion Therapy

Moxibustion in Orlando is used on people suffering from a stagnant or internal cold condition. The heat from a lit moxa warms the energy channels and dispels cold resulting in smoother flow of qi (energy) and blood. Nowadays, patients have become less susceptible to internal cold, and moxibustion is usually now used to enhance qi, alleviate tendonitis and other forms of inflammation, and boost circulation.

Breech babies can be successfully turned to their proper head-down position just before to childbirth with the help of moxibustion. In fact, in 1998 the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) published a landmark study showing that after being treated with moxibustion at an acupoint on the little toe up to three quarters of women with breech presentation issues prior to childbirth were able to rotate their fetuses to the normal position. And as gleaned from other studies, moxibustion increases the fetus’s movement in pregnant women, and can help relieve menstrual cramping when used as an adjunct to traditional acupuncture.

Why Acupuncturists Use Mugwort and Not Any Other Kind of Herb

Ai Ye or Artemesia vulgaris which is respectively the Chinese and scientific name of Mugwort, has been used for thousands of years in Asia. In herbal medicine it is internally used and used as well in moxibustion therapy. This plant is believed to posses warming and blood-invigorating attributes. Studies have revealed that mugwort acts as an agent that boosts blood flow to the uterus and pelvic region and, when taken internally, stimulates menstruation.

Some Of The Techniques Used In Feng Shui

One of the most ancient forms of geomancy in the world is the multi-millennial practice known as Feng shui which originated in China and dates as far back as 3500 years ago.

You should be able to determine the interaction between the person and the environment he dwells in to properly apply this method. Important to this practice is finding where the essential qi is located rearranging objects outdoors or indoors of your household or even in the place where you work in order for qi to flow freely and endlessly in the space so that positive energy can affect the various aspects of your life.

The Wu Hsing or the five phases of Feng Shui depend on the five elements of wood, water, metal, earth, and fire.

The manner this technique is implemented depends on the balance on every one of these elements in the space and room you live that will bring about the best qi. If a balance of even just one element is not attained, it will bring in negative qi into the person’s environment and can affect the person in various ways.

The flying star technique is perhaps the most difficult Feng Shui method to apply. This technique needs to consider the outdoor environment of your home or place of work, a detailed plan of your floor architecture, and the date your place of work or home was assembled.

Being the most difficult Feng Shui technique, it is the most accurate and typically requires the skill and experience of Feng Shui master.

The Ba Shai or eight mansions technique is Feng Shui’s most used application. In this style, the directions that need to be avoided and those that are effective need to be determined in order to attract positive qi in your environment. From ancient times to the present, the benefits of Feng Shui have been reported and extolled by countless number of people which is the reason why it is still widely popular today as it was thousands of years ago.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

The Many Uses And Benefits Of Auricular Therapy

One of the several many reflex systems that comprise the body is the ear. A reflex system is where the entire body is encapsulated in a certain part of the body. They are occasionally referred to as “microsystems” and are considered two-way communication systems. They mirror the problem occurring in a specific part of the body and can also treat it. Foot and hand reflexology are the two most familiar reflex systems. Auricular therapy is the examination and activation of the auricle (outer ear) for the diagnosis and resolution of health problems occurring in other parts of the body.

Auricular therapy also called auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture has been used by early Chinese doctors for over two thousand years. They used the ear in diagnosis and treatment. For sciatica and impotence, Hippocrates bled points behind the ears. Medical texts during the Middle Ages in Europe report the use of the ear for the treatment of sciatic pain. In France, Dr. Paul Nogier developed a comprehensive map of the ear as a reflex system in 1956. He designed a model using the basic image of an inverted fetus. Physicians around the world have validated his work. In 1973, Dr. Michael Smith developed in New York a standard procedure for substance abuse withdrawal by addressing five acupuncture points on the ear. He established the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) which is the most commonly used detox procedure in the US for the treatment of chemical addiction.

Auricular therapy is one of the lesser known treatments used by psychologists, massage therapists, chiropractors, doctors, acupuncturists, and other health care providers despite being one of the more extremely effective alternative healing modalities around. Acupoints on the ear can be stimulated using ear acupressure pellets, magnets, lasers, needles, or manual pressure. Auricular therapy implemented minus needles can be as effective as traditional body acupuncture. The World Health Organization in 1990, said “Auricular therapy is perhaps the best scientifically documented and most developed of all acupuncture’s microsystems and is the most widely used because of its practicality.”

Perhaps, auricular therapy’s most surprising aspect is that can be used for practically almost any type of condition. The inclusion of this treatment can enhance the treatment of menopause, headaches, arthritis, anxiety, addictions, insomnia, stress, pain, and many other conditions. It is often used as an adjunct to other types of therapy and is not meant to replace other appropriate forms of medical care.

Auricular therapy research done in China has discovered that it works well in 85 percent of cases and can address over 200 disorders and diseases. The Pain Management Center of UCLA in 1980 performed a double blind study to validate the scientific veracity of auricular diagnosis. It discovered a 75 percent rate of accuracy in diagnosing musculoskeletal pain conditions through palpation and observation of the ear. In South Australia, a study done at the Adelaide University examined the effectiveness of auricular therapy in Bellingham in weight loss. It saw that auricular therapy can inhibit appetite. The amount of weight lost and the number of individuals who lost weight was markedly higher in the group treated with auricular therapy.

All of these indicate one amazing wellness health healing modality that is directed to the ears.