Moxibustion and breech presentation babies

A breech presentation refers to the situation when the baby is lying in a position other than head-down inside the womb. This can mean the baby’s bottom is down (and would be first to enter the birth canal), or the baby can be lying transversely (on his/her side). A breeched presentation can make vaginal delivery much more difficult or dangerous, so obviously it is in the best interest of the mom and baby to have the baby turn head-down before labor.

Most Common Reasons People Get Acupuncture

When people find out that I am an acupuncturist, one common question is “So, what are the most common things you treat?” I tend to rattle off some of the common ailments that bring people in for acupuncture – back pain, neck pain, headaches and migraines, sciatica, hormonal issues, infertility, ADD, anxiety, trouble sleeping. But then I also make sure to explain that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system, and as such, we can use it to treat a whole myriad of symptoms, diseases, and health imbalances. So it is always worth calling an acupuncturist and finding out if they may be able to help you.

Essential Oil Profile: Lavender

The lavender plants used in aromatherapy derive from Mediterranean countries with the ideal growing conditions for this bushy but airy plant that grows 2 to 3 ft. in height. Lavender prefers sunny, somewhat rocky terrain with a sandy loom in an area over 2,000 ft. in elevation. The leaves are lanceolate shaped with smooth edges and grow up to a few inches long. The leaves can vary in color from various shades of green to a silvery-gray color, and the purple flowers bloom from June through July.

Gan Mao Ling: The Magic Cold-Buster

I woke up yesterday with a scratchy and slightly sore throat. While my previous self would have panicked and thought “I can’t get sick! I have so much to do this week!” I didn’t. I just got up, drank some water, and took one of my favorite Chinese Herbal Medicine pill formulas, Gan Mao Ling. I am still taking these pills today, and will for a couple days, but I can already tell that whatever sickness was threatening to take hold has passed and my body’s own defenses have won again.

Treating Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder, or “adhesive capsulitis” refers to a painful musculoskeletal condition characterized by pain and stiffness of the shoulder joint. The tendons, bones, and ligaments that make up the shoulder joint are encased in a connective tissue, fluid-filled capsule. In cases of Frozen Shoulder, this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint and/or the fluid becomes thicker, restricting movement and causing pain. It is somewhat of a medical mystery – we don’t exactly know why Frozen Shoulder occurs, and it presents differently in different people. Frozen Shoulder tends to gradually get worse with time, and then gradually gets better. Some people have symptoms for up to 2 years. For some patients, the stiffness is merely annoying – for other patients, pain levels can be incredibly severe and the pain can interfere with sleep, work, driving, and activities of daily living.  You are more likely to develop Frozen Shoulder if you are recovering from a procedure that immobilizes the joint for a period of time, such as surgery or a mastectomy. Frozen Shoulder is also more common in middle aged individuals – in certain countries in Asia it is referred to as “40-year shoulder” or “50-year shoulder.”

Essential Oil Profile of the Month- Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

rankincense essential oil is obtained from the resin that exudes from this sacred tree that grows in limestone-rich soil found growing on rocky hillsides and cliffs, or in the dried riverbeds below in India, North Africa and the Middle East. The tree has gnarled branches with a plethora of narrow leaves and small racemes of white flowers which give rise to 3-celled capsules, with each cell containing three seeds. At least 17 distinct species of Boswelliaexist, and up to the three different trees (which are possibly distinct species) are classified as Boswellia carterii. Other commonly used varieties are Boswellia serrata andBoswellia sacra.