A New Season Brings New Needs and Treatments

Moxa? What is Moxa? Moxa, short for moxibustion, is a technique that heats acupuncture points by holding a heated stick of mugwort herb over the skin. Heating the point, instead of or in addition to needling the point, disperses cold and pain in the body. This is the time of the year that I begin to use more moxa since many pain conditions are worsened by cold. Have you been achy since the temperatures dropped? If I feel that you would benefit from moxa, I typically spend 10 minutes doing moxa on points before inserting needles and allowing you to rest. I use the smokeless variety, but it does still put out a little smoke and smell, so if you’re wondering what you’re smelling in my office, chances are it’s moxa!

Green tea is cooling and black tea is warming. That is their nature, regardless of whether you’re drinking them hot or iced. Have I told you whether you are hot or cold in nature? If I’ve commented that your tongue is red and you have a heat pattern, you would benefit from warm green tea this fall. If I’ve commented that your tongue is pale and puffy and you have a cold or damp pattern, you would benefit from warm black tea or coffee this fall. I know these words are foreign. Don’t worry, you don’t have to completely understand what I’m saying. But take a minute and see how what you are drinking and eating feels in your body. Chances are that warming foods will feel better this time of the year.

New Hours for Fall

You may have noticed that my hours changed on September 1st. I am now working Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am to 8pm. I hope that this schedule works for you! Give me a call if you need help scheduling online or if you’d rather schedule through me.

Be well and keep warm!

Rebecca Abbott, C.Ac. Dipl. OM, M.S.O.M.

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