Oriental Medicine has, for over two thousand years, catalogued herbs, minerals and animal products into formulas for different health conditions.
A substantial part of my education was the study of Chinese Herbal Formulas. In addition to my National Acupuncture Certification, I am also a Diplomate in Chinese Herbology, both Certifications are now combined as Diplomate of Oriental Medicine.
Chinese Formulas can be taken to help the body regain its balance; for example - after having a cold or if there are digestive disorders. They can warm and tonify the body or assist in clearing excess heat from the body. The formula that is recommended for you is based on my determination of your constitution….where you “fit in” in the Chinese Medical system.
How often and for how long should I take them?
Unlike vitamins, Herbal Formulas should not be taken for an extended period of time without having a herbalist check to see if they are still appropriate. For example, herbs to help coughs and colds might only be taken for a few days at a time….herbs for more chronic conditions such as weak digestion or aching limbs might be taken for a month or so. Keep connected, to see if what you are taking is appropriate. Herbs might need to be adjusted with seasonal changes.
What is the cost?
I carry a range of “patent” herbs which are small “tea -pills” easy to take and carry with you. These range from $4 to $6 a bottle. I also carry some concentrated granules (these are stronger and cost slightly more). Lastly, if you think you might be under the weather, try some of the widely used, pleasant tasting dried teas that are about $0.20 to $0.50 per packet, (easy to take with you if you are traveling, just add hot water).
What is Moxa and how might it help you?
Moxa is a dried herb from the chrysanthemum family, the herbs are formed into Moxa sticks which are then ignited, and held close to the skin to promote warming. (There is also a form of moxa that looks more like charcoal and is smokeless.) The purpose is to help the body heal by increasing the warmth and blood flow to a specific area. It is highly aromatic.
Moxibustion is a method of treating imbalances in our body that can manifest as chronic aches and pains. This is great way to stay well and warm in the Northwest. Stubborn aches and pains, stomach flu, persistently cold hands and feet can benefit from a Moxa treatment.
Also, Moxa treatments can be used to boost the body and help it to stay well. Some ancient texts proclaim that “when a healthy man often has moxibustion….He would live a very long life, at least one hundred years”.
Using “cups” and light vacuum pressure the skin is gently lifted to promote blood flow, generally used for back treatments.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
To aid smoking cessation.
The use of “ear” needles (treatments lasting approximately 40 minutes - specific ear needles are used to help the body balance while de-toxing) is generally helpful during the first two weeks of smoking cessation. A minimum of two treatments per week is advised.
Jin Shin Do
A very gentle form of acupressure. This can be used in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture treatments can also help with weight loss. For information on weight loss, see article at AcupunctureToday.com.