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Constipation is an all too common issue causing discomfort, pain, frustration, and stress. (1) Digestion is central to health and wellbeing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), healthy digestion is central to overall health.  We obtain nutrients and energy, the Qi of the food, for all of our body’s activities through digestion. In TCM terms, the stomach’s digestive Qi extracts energy from food in order to make Qi for the heart, brain, muscles, and other organs to function properly. In my acupuncture clinic, I have helped many people with chronic constipation.  I find that a combination of multiple therapies is the most effective method, including acupuncture, herbs, diet, exercises, and acupressure. Acupressure for Constipation One of the great things about acupressure

Moxibustion on Hand

The Meaning of Zhen Jiu ( 针灸) Acupuncture is not just acupuncture.  In fact, the word for acupuncture in Chinese, Zhen Jiu, actually  translates to “acupuncture and moxibustion”  which shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture. Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles.  Most often, this is done through burning an herb called mugwort.  It can also be done with heat lamps as well as herbal lotions. In my office, we use smokeless moxibustion because it is treated and does not create much smoke. How does Moxibustion work? Just like with acupuncture, moxibustion focuses on correcting the underlying imbalance in the body. Because it is warming, generally moxibustion is used when there is cold in the body.  Moxibustion

Acupressure can be easily used to reduce menstrual cramps and symptoms of PMS. Menstrual cramps are mostly related to qi stagnation, that is, when qi is not flowing freely in the body.  This is most often caused by stress, worry, overwork, or sometimes people can be prone to stagnation. Chinese medicine tradition states “ When there is movement there is no pain, when qi stops there is pain.” Qi must always circulate through the body to be healthy.  Acupressure relieves pain by moving qi in a channel.  You can massage these points to relieve the pain and cramping. But, you can also rub them daily to help prevent cramping as well as improve your ability to produce qi. Spleen 6