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Located in the Highlands in Denver, Colorado, Healing Vibes Acupuncture & Wellness offers acupuncture for back pain, cupping, health coaching, holistic medicine, massage and more.

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How Can Moxibustion Therapy Help You?

Healing Vibes

Moxibustion is a therapy in which a common chinese herb known as Mugwort is used.  Their are many forms of "moxa" that can be used during treatment.  Moxa is always warmed, which brings out it's many vibrant and healing properties.  When moxa is warmed, it burns with an infra-red light.  The frequency of this infra-red light is an extremely healing one.  It is used to both treat and prevent diseases.  The heat is applied to the moxa on various acupuncture points on the body depending on the treatment.

Immunity

Now I am going to mention something about moxa that is the most fascinating to me.  After burning moxa on the acupuncture point known as "ST 36", which is located on the lower leg, it actually triples the bodies white blood cell count!  This happens within 10 minutes of burning the moxa on the point.  This has been proven by a scientific study done in recent years.  This also means that moxa is a powerful tool to use to increase the immune system.  White blood cells are important in keeping our immune functions up and working properly.  When our immune systems are down, our white blood cell count can be down.  For instance, moxa has been used in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, were the white blood cell count is found to be extremely low.

Breeched Babies

Moxa's role in immunity is very fascinating, but their is actually another truly amazing thing it can do that not many people know about.  It is used to treat breeched babies!  When moxa is burned on an acupuncture point known as "UB 67", it can actually help turn the baby for proper delivery.  This is so important for pregnant women to know, because this treatment could potentially save them from getting an unwanted C-section.

Treatment Can Come in Many Forms

Classification of moxa includes "direct moxa" and "indirect moxa".  Direct moxa is placed directly on the acupuncutre point on the skin's surface.  Indirect moxa is not placed directly on the skin.  Indirect moxa includes some powerful and common insulaters, ginger, garlic, and salt.  To describe this a little better, the insulater (let's say garlic), is put onto an acupuncture point on the body, and then moxa is burned on top of that.  When used with ginger, it can treat weakness of the spleen and stomach causing diarrhea, abdominal pain, and painful joints.  When used with garlic, it can treat scrofula, skin ulcers, and poisonouse insect bites.  When used with salt, it can treat abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, hernias, cold limbs, and excess sweating.

What are the functions of moxibustion?

-warms the energetic meridians and pathways of the body

-increases circulation and the flow of energy and blood

-strengthens the body's "yang", which is important in many metabolic processes in the body

What can moxibustion treat?

-Pain

-Colds/ Flus

-Menstrual Issues

-Digestive Issues

-Low Immune Function

-High Fever

-Low Energy

-Herpes Zoster

-Nerve Damage

-Arthritis

-Insect/ Snake Bites

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Strengthen Your Immune System

Tyson Ruhge

With the change of seasons, we can all use a boost to our immune systems.  Along with proper diet, low stress, and getting enough sleep, we can use Chinese Medicine to prepare for the change of seasons.  Many people count on Acupuncture for the Immune System. These amazing treatments include Moxibustion, Acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.  

Moxibustion is a Chinese herb called Mugwort, which is safely burned during treatments on specific acupuncture points on the body.  A really amazing scientific fact about this herb is that when used on these acupuncture points, it actually triples your white blood cell count within 10 minutes!  These white blood cells are what your body uses to help fight against many viruses and bacteria in common colds, flues, and other respiratory disorders.

Chinese herbs have truly amazing properties that help strengthen the immune system.  Most commonly used in my clinic is the formula Immune +Plus.  This herbal formula has the herbs Astragulus and Ganoderma Mushroom just to name a few.  These two herbs are very powerful at keeping your body balanced, and keep you from getting sick!  This formula is taken a few times per day in capsule form.  It’s also great to take when traveling, a time when we are confronted with many germs on airplanes and in airports.

Using these powerful natural medicine modalities to prevent our bodies from getting sick is much safer than getting sick and resorting to antibiotics.  Antibiotics harm the digestive system, making it even easier for us to get sick next time around.

immune smoothie

immune smoothie

Along with Chinese herbs, diet can play a major role in our immune system!  Here is a great example of a smoothie to make at home which will definitely benefit our immune systems.

Immunity Booster Smoothie

  • 1 orange

  • 1 apple

  • 2 handfuls of spinach or kale

  • ½ of a lemon (peeled)

  • Tip of your thumb size nodule of ginger

  • ¾ cup berries of your choice

  • 3 ice cubes (optional) (it's better to keep our bodies warm and not ingest too much cold foods during the winter months)