How are you? How are your family, job, and business doing?
We are living at a monumental point in history. Economies all around the world are being shut down because of an invisible virus. It's incredible and almost surreal. But it's happening.
My biggest take through all of this is the incredible way acupuncture and herbal medicine have stepped up to fight the pandemic. The news coming out of China is impressive. Herbal remedies are working better than western medications to fight this! Wonder why? It's because the history and treatment of viruses like COVID-19 are recorded in Chinese classical texts. Books like the Shang Han Lun are becoming indispensable in the treatment of COVID-19.
Over the past few days, I have been receiving so many emails, Facebook alerts, NPR updates, etc. about COVID-19. I won't lie. This is scary and worrying. Many of my friends and patients are losing their incomes and businesses.
So what can we do individually to fight this? As a family? As a community? I wrestled with this for much of the weekend. I even called my 72-year-old father to ask his opinion. Do you know what he said? He said, "Get tough. Fight. Letting yourself be scared is going to lower your immunity." Do you know what he also said? He asked me if I was treating myself and my family. Why? Because he knows that acupuncture and moxibustion raise the immune system.
Now I know that many of you don't want to or shouldn't be leaving your homes right now for treatment. That is why I am setting up a virtual treatment desk. It isn't ideal, but I will be able to assess your symptoms, prescribe herbs, and/or show you how to treat yourself with moxa to help with ailments and even signs of COVID-19. In particular, I am stocking up on anti-viral and immune-supporting herbs. I am also performing home visits on an as-need basis. Please contact me to set either of these up.
Don't hesitate to email, text, or call if you have any questions or if even you need to talk. I am here for you! Let's show the world how a community can overcome any situation. Let's show the world how much acupuncture and moxibustion can help people.
Stay in touch, and stay safe!
Licensed Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapist
Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! For me, this is a dreaded time of year because I know I will be losing sleep and will struggle with bedtimes. So what should a mom do at times like these? Run. Run straight to a sleep consultant's blog and devour all the information there.
Luckily, I have a good friend, Bonnie Dimmick, of Sleep, Love, and Happiness, LLC, who happens to be a sleep consultant! I recommend reading one of her most recent blog posts before you go scouring the internet.
Check out her post here:
3 Sleep Strategies to Help you ‘Spring Foward’
Japanese acupuncture is so different from other styles of acupuncture. There are more tools, both hands are used, and technique is emphasized. The reason is that Japanese acupuncture developed with the overwhelming help of the blind. Yes, you heard me right. The blind developed acupuncture and moxibustion in Japan and that's why it became more hands on and heavily based on palpation with way more tools.
I go into the difference of tools that developed out of this in my most recent video. Check it out and don't forget to subscribe, like, and share!
I am completely biased. I trained so heavily in Japanese moxibustion that I, of course, love it. Still, moxa is used in other styles of acupuncture. Ever wonder how it differs from TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) or Chinese medicine in China?
Watch the video above to find out!
Do you want to learn how to refine your moxa practice? Watch this video to see how I was taught in Japanese acupuncture school. Moxa skills take a lifetime to learn. This is just the first step.
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Oh and don't forget to watch this video before this which is also posted below!
Stick-on moxa is made by a variety of companies in Japan. I prefer the Sennenkyu brand because of its quality. In this video, I will show patients and acupuncturists how to use stick-on moxa to help promote health and keep up acupuncture/AcuTherapy effects in between treatments.
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I often talk in my classes how learning moxa in Japan is drastically different from the rest of the world. It really is!!
The shear amount of time spent on learning technical and practical skills is so different. Over the course of the next month I am going to try to start to close the gap. Please make sure to like, subscribe, and share on Youtube and for the blog to learn my best kept secrets on the perfect moxa practice and application.
I would love to hear how you learned moxa. Please comment below!
My son has had a cough for three weeks. Why so long? Because I was really pregnant and just too tired to give him a treatment. Today, one week after giving birth I finally got up the energy to treat him.
As you can see I used two different methods to treat: AcuTherapy (shonishin) and stick-on moxibustion. I use the stick on moxibustion for children because it is more stable and reduces the chance that they might move and cause a burn. Saying that, My son is old enough to start graduating into traditional rolled moxa.
I plan on treating him once a day for the next 2-3 days to help the cough move out of his system.
If you are curious about a particular place or reason for placing moxa/AcuTherapy where I did please comment below, like, and of course share!
Read through to find a great and easy Japanese hot pot recipe to keep your families immune system running at full speed and your child's belly full this fall.
Not sure what to make for dinner? Do you need something quick and easy but filling? Then look no further than NABE!
Nabe, the Japanese version of the hot pot is a staple of fall dinner tables in Japan. Filled to the brim with the harvest of the season nabe is an incredible way to get your kids to eat tasty soup, tons of vegetables, warm their body temperature, support everyones immune system, and still tantalize the adults in the room with a savory and delicious meal.
Chanco Nabe is originally what the sumo wrestlers in Japan eat. It's a quick and easy dish and it can be made with most vegetables. I recommend using the recipe from the below video at first and then playing with the flavors to adjust to your families taste.
To find the original recipe please visit:Japanese Cooking 101RSS Feed
Many of my patients know that I am a huge proponent of perineal massage.
I was first introduced to it via my midwife in Japan with my first son. I won't go through the fine details of what the perineum is or any of the science behind it. I have linked a few good articles that already do that.
I'll just get down to the nitty-gritty here:
First off, don't do this until you are 37 weeks pregnant. This is the advice I received from my midwife and it is the advice I give to my clients. I would hate for you to disrupt a perfectly healthy pregnancy on accident before it was baby time.
To begin, wash your hands or have your partner wash theirs. This massage is perfectly fine to do as foreplay if you feel comfortable but make sure that your hands and fingernails are clean.
I like doing this in the bath so that my internal tissues are soft and supple. Feel free to do this outside of the bath but only use oils or lube that are healthy to use down there. After everything is lubed and/or softened uptake the index and middle finger of each hand and gently insert them into the vagina. Insert up to the last knuckle or as far as your hands/body will allow.
Now gently start to stretch out the inner tissues of the vagina and the outer tissues of the perineum. Stretch in all four cardinal directions: north, west, south, and east. Next, stretch north-east, north-west, etc.
That's it! Do this once a day until your delivery.
For more articles about this please check out the following link:
Note: This article says to use the thumbs but I feel the index and middle finger are more adept.