Balancing Nature

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This time of year, we have had time to reflect on what we give thanks for, and relieve our youth in what we (or our children) like to dress up as. Now as we head deeper into Winter, it is the time of Nature, to turn inward, slow down, reflect, and plan for a new birth of Qi (the new year).

In this issue:

  • We now have Naturopaths at our clinic!
  • Learn about Moxibustion
  • A sneak peak about our annual open house

Red Tree wellness is thrilled to announce that we now offer Naturopathic Medicine at our clinic! We are pleased to welcome Dr. Rebecca Handford and Dr. Carley Akehurst to the clinic! Red Tree Wellness is the first to offer Naturopathic medicine at the Fairmont Medical Building, and we are very pleased to do so. If you are interested in learning more about What Naturopathy is, and how it can help you, please visit our Naturopathic Medicine page for more info and practitioner contact information. Naturopathic medicine is offered independently from Red Tree Wellness Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, and Dr. Handford and Akehurst should be contacted directly if you wish you make an appointment. Lastly, if you wish to meet them in person for a free 15 minute consultation, please visit us at our annual Open House in January! More details below and in our January newsletter.

Continuing with Red Tree Wellness’ philosophy of helping guide you on your pathway to health, our next in a series of newsletters focusing on educating you about other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine that we use to enhance your treatment. Our topic this Winter and Water time is Moxibustion. The time of Winter, while a time of re-nourishing and slowing down, can also be a cold time where the warming Yang Qi struggles to keep the internal furnace going in our body, and thus, our Vital Qi and immunity struggle. Moxibustion is one way we can stoke the fire, and keep our Vital Qi and immunity strong.

Let’s talk about one of our TCM modalities, Moxibustion with our RAc, Annie Hui Kung: Moxibustion (a.k.a. Moxa) is a type of technique that involves the burning of a specific type of herb called Mugwort, Chinese name called Ai Ye. The purpose and benefits of Moxibustion are to strengthen the blood and Qi, stimulate the flow of Qi, treat various pain syndromes, expel coldness and maintain general health.

There are two types of moxa treatments – direct and indirect. In direct moxa, practitioners would place a small cone-shaped moxa on certain acupoints, either directly on the skin, or on a piece of ginger or salt. The cone is then burned. As soon as the patient feels a sensation of heat, the practitioner will then quickly remove the moxa. By then, the heat source has successfully entered the body. With indirect moxa, on the other hand, there is no direct contact of the moxa and the body. It is done by a moxa stick where the herb is tightly rolled into a cigar shape, and which the practitioner only circles the lighted stick around the acupoints. Moxa is widely used in TCM treatments, particularly to expel cold and warm up the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood, Qi and circulation.

A case example: A middle age female patient who came to the clinic with arthritis on both feet especially on both of her great toes. Since she was young, she has started to develop complications on her feet such as cold feet, high arch pain, achiness. About 10 treatments was spent improving the circulation on the feet by using acupuncture along with moxibustion. The indirect moxa treatment was used by using the smokeless moxa stick to heat up the bottom of her soles at a point which belongs to the Kidney meridian called “Yong Quan”. The whole point of using moxa on the soles of feet is to introduce heat source into the body from the “root” – the Kidney meridian. Once the root system – the Kidney Qi – is warm, it helps other organ energy systems which eventually improve the whole circulation of the body. After a whole course of treatment, she no longer had pain on her feet and toes and found her feet feeling warm most of the times!

– Annie Hui Kung, RAc

Enjoy the rest of the winter and please visit us (bring your family and friends!) at our annual Open House celebrating the Lunar New Year, January 31st 2013 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm! As always at our open house, celebrate the Lunar New Year with special treats, free 15 minute consultations and supplement reviews with our Naturopathic doctors, free 10 minute Tuina massage from our RAc, Annie Hui Kung, and a free 10 minute Chinese face reading with our Dr.TCM Karyn Smith! Also come and ask what’s in store ahead in your Chinese Astrology with Sonia Tan! Pass the word and bring your friends. Reservations are recommended, and don’t forget to pick up your lucky red envelope!

Good health to you,

Sonia F. Tan and The Red Tree Wellness team

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