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Women's Health - Lokahi Acupuncture

How Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Supports Women’s Health Through Life’s Stages

Women’s health encompasses many stages, and each stage poses its set of unique situations and symptoms.

From puberty to menopause, women go through a multitude of changes that can be challenging to manage. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, offers a holistic approach to support women’s health throughout these stages.

In this article, we explore how acupuncture, herbal medicine, and lifestyle awareness can help women manage their health better as they transition through various stages.

We’ll also delve into how Traditional Chinese Medicine views the life cycles for women and how it can provide a holistic solution to women’s health problems.


Every woman’s journey through their reproductive phase begins with puberty, which usually starts between the ages of eight and thirteen.

For many girls, puberty can be a confusing and challenging time, as their bodies start to change, and their hormones go into overdrive. Some of the physical symptoms that may arise at this stage include acne, mood swings, irregular periods, and menstrual cramps.

Acupuncture can help balance the hormones, alleviate menstrual cramps or headaches, increase circulation, and reduce stress levels associated with puberty.


Pregnancy is a period of change of the utmost importance.

Yes, it is a beautiful and exciting time for most women, but it also comes with several health concerns. These range from morning sickness and back pain in the early stages to postpartum depression later on.

Acupuncture can help manage some symptoms related to pregnancy, such as nausea, back pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Moreover, it could prepare the body for labor and delivery.


Menopause marks the end of the reproductive phase and the beginning of a new phase of a woman’s life.

Women may experience different symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mucosal dryness, mood swings, osteoporosis, and so on.

Acupuncture has shown to reduce hot flashes, decrease sweating frequency, and stabilize mood and emotions. Herbal medicine may also help to alleviate symptoms and prevent bone loss.

Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Traditional Chinese Medicine views the life cycles of women in eight-year cycles, and each phase comes with its set of symptoms.

Each cycle is related to a specific organ system and its corresponding emotions. For example, the kidney system, which includes the bladder and reproductive organs, is the primary organ system during the reproductive years. Each of these organs has a specific role they play in women’s physical, mental, or spiritual health.

During each cycle, acupuncture and herbal medicine can help support the body and mind. For instance, promoting circulation and removing blockages is critical during puberty, nourishing the blood and the reproductive organs during fertility years, and stabilizing Qi and Yin to prevent osteoporosis during menopause.

Herbal Medicine:

In countries such as China, herbal medicine that is supportive is often cooked into food like soups and congees. Small, consistent doses of herbs can be incorporated into a woman’s diet to promote hormonal balance and overall health. Herbal medicine aims to restore balance and harmony to the body, making it an excellent addition to other therapies such as acupuncture and lifestyle awareness.

As women transition through different stages of life, it is essential to support their overall health and well-being.

Acupuncture, herbal medicine, and lifestyle awareness can provide a holistic approach to manage the different physical, mental, or emotional symptoms that arise at each stage. Traditional Chinese Medicine views women’s lives in eight-year cycles and offers specific treatments that align with each cycle. Incorporating herbal medicine into the diet can help balance hormones while providing other health benefits.

Focusing on prevention and early intervention, rather than waiting for issues to arise, is key to supporting women’s health through life’s stages.

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Auricular Therapy: Lokahi Acupuncture

Auricular Therapy: Significance of the Ear in Chinese Medicine

by Susannah Lee, LAc

In the realm of Chinese medicine, the ear holds profound significance as a microcosm of the entire body, reflecting the interconnectedness of organ systems and serving as a canvas for holistic treatments.

Auricular Therapy

Delving into the captivating world of auricular therapy, we unravel the beauty and significance of the ear, exploring its intricate connection to well-being and the diverse array of conditions it can address.

The Ear: A Reflection of Harmony and Holistic Wellness

In Chinese medicine, the ear is revered as a remarkable embodiment of harmony and balance, encapsulating the interconnectedness of the body’s organ systems. The ear’s intricate structure not only portrays an exquisitely beautiful canvas but also serves as a mirror that reflects the state of the entire body. Through this lens, the ear becomes a gateway to understanding and nurturing holistic wellness, embodying the wisdom of ancient healing traditions.

Auricular Therapy: Unlocking the Healing Potential of Ear Points

Auricular therapy, rooted in the principles of Chinese medicine, harnesses the innate healing potential of the ear through strategic stimulation of specific points. These ear points, when engaged with targeted therapies, have the capacity to address a wide spectrum of physical, emotional, and energetic imbalances. From managing pain and stress to promoting relaxation and supporting internal harmony, the art of auricular therapy unveils a myriad of possibilities for holistic well-being.

Empowering Treatments: Exploring the Versatility of Ear-Based Therapies

The application of auricular therapy extends beyond mere acupuncture, encompassing a diverse range of modalities that cater to individual needs and preferences. Utilizing techniques such as ear acupuncture, ear seeds, ear tacks, and moxibustion, practitioners can provide tailored and comprehensive ear treatments. Each method carries its unique therapeutic benefits, offering a versatile approach to addressing a multitude of conditions and enhancing overall vitality.

Nurturing Holistic Well-being: Embracing the Potential of Auricular Treatments

From alleviating pain and supporting mental well-being to harmonizing the body’s energetic flow, auricular treatments stand as a testament to the holistic ethos of Chinese medicine. By embracing the beauty and significance of the ear, individuals can embark on a journey of profound self-care and well-being, tapping into the transformative potential of auricular therapy to nurture their body, mind, and spirit.

In essence, the ear in Chinese medicine emerges as a captivating gateway to holistic well-being, intertwining the aesthetic allure of its intricate design with the profound capacity to address a spectrum of conditions.

By delving into the rich tapestry of auricular therapy, we embrace the timeless wisdom that resonates through the ear, unlocking the boundless potential for transformative healing and holistic wellness.

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Male Infertility: 5 Tips for Boosting Fertility Naturally

Facing male infertility can be challenging for men and their partners.

You are not alone in your struggle. It is essential to know that matters of male fertility are treatable and manageable.

In recent years, infertility rates have significantly increased. Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides treatment for individuals experiencing infertility. This extensive practice takes a holistic approach, assessing all aspects of the individual to discover where fundamental imbalances lie and working towards correcting them.

Infertility is a complex medical issue, and male infertility accounts for 50% of cases.

The primary causes, according to Western medicine, can range from low sperm count to genetic disorders. However, traditional Eastern medicine views male infertility as a manifestation of fundamental imbalances that need to be addressed holistically.

In this blog post, we discuss five tips to increase male fertility and explain how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches the issue. If you or your partner have been diagnosed with male infertility, read on to learn how you can increase your chances of conceiving.

1. Maintain a healthy weight

According to the Mayo Clinic, increasing body mass index (BMI) can lead to decreased sperm count and decreased sperm movement.Obesity can negatively impact semen quality by reducing sperm count and motility.

From a TCM perspective, an abundance of adipose tissue could be viewed as an excess of dampness or phlegm in the body. This could cause blockages in the channels, slowing down qi and blood flow, and affecting the production of vital substances such as sperm. Hence, dietary modifications, acupuncture, and herbal medicine aimed at reducing dampness and promoting circulation could be beneficial.

2. Eat a healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet is essential in TCM. Good nutrition involves eating protein, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Eat foods such as whole grains like rice, quinoa, and oats, fresh seasonal vegetables like carrots, cabbage, and broccoli, and healthy fats found in nuts and seeds. Research shows that a diet high in antioxidants can improve sperm health, and polyunsaturated fats can improve sperm motility.

A nutrient-dense diet, including fruits and vegetables, can improve semen quality as they are rich in antioxidants and other phytonutrients. From a TCM perspective, these foods can help tonify the spleen and stomach qi, which are responsible for digesting and absorbing the nutrients. The spleen is also responsible for generating qi and blood, which are important for reproductive function. Additionally, avoiding processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol can help clear toxins and reduce inflammation in the body.

3. Prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea and chlamydia can cause infertility in men. In TCM, regular acupuncture can boost the immune system, making it less susceptible to STI’s. Always practice safe sex methods like using condoms, getting tested regularly, and limiting partners.

4. Manage stressors

Stress can affect sexual function in men and interfere with hormones important for producing sperm. It can cause lack of sleep, depression, and anxiety, which can affect sperm quality. Acupuncture is a well-known natural stress buster in TCM, which uses the manipulation of Qi energy along meridians to alleviate anxiety, depression, and other stressors.

5. Get moving

Physical activity is important in TCM. It increases energy and blood flow to regulate the body, benefiting fertility. Moderate exercise like walking, biking, swimming, or yoga can increase antioxidant enzymes to protect sperm cells, regulate hormones, and aid digestion.

Male infertility is treatable and manageable. In this post, we have discussed 5 tips for boosting fertility in men naturally. TCM can help individuals experiencing infertility through a holistic approach that assesses the whole individual to discover where fundamental imbalances lie and work towards correcting them.

Acupuncture, proper nutrition, and exercise can help improve overall wellbeing and increase fertility. Remember to take care of your body and maintain good health for optimal fertility.

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What We Say Versus What We Mean – Part III: Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide.

It’s a condition that causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints, which can be painful. However, the way we describe this condition differs depending on whether we’re using Western or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) terminology.

In this blog post, we’ll be exploring the difference between Western and TCM descriptions of arthritis, and how understanding these differences is important for effective TCM treatment.

One of the first things to understand when looking at the difference between Western and TCM descriptions of arthritis is the different types that exist.

Osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis are two common types of arthritis, and they have different symptoms, causes, and treatment methods. Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak and brittle, making them more susceptible to fractures. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the joints, leading to stiffness and pain.

In TCM, we think about arthritic pain in terms of “bi-pain.” This refers to pain and stiffness in the muscles, tendons, and joints that can be chronic or acute. We consider the location of the pain, whether or not it moves around the body, whether it feels hot or cold, whether it gets better with movement or not, and what the feeling of the pain is – stabbing, dull, aching, shooting, etc. All of these factors help us determine the root cause of the pain, which can be due to an imbalance in the body’s energy or “qi.”

When it comes to TCM treatments for arthritis, we investigate the pain and then treat the root cause as well as the symptom as it presents.

We use a variety of techniques, including acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal medicine, and dietary changes, to help bring balance back to the body and alleviate pain and stiffness in the joints.

It’s important to note that the terminology we use in TCM for arthritis may sound similar to Western terminology, but the meaning can be radically different. For example, the term “yang deficiency” in TCM refers to a lack of energy in the body, which can contribute to joint pain and stiffness. This is very different from Western concepts of arthritis, where joint pain is caused by inflammation in the joints.

In conclusion, understanding the difference between Western and TCM descriptions of arthritis is essential for effective treatment. While the condition may have similar symptoms in both approaches, the underlying causes and treatments are distinct. In TCM, we focus on restoring balance to the body in order to alleviate pain and restore mobility to the joints.

By treating the root cause of the pain, we can help the body heal and prevent arthritis from becoming a chronic condition.

If you’re considering TCM treatment for arthritis, be sure to discuss your symptoms and any prior Western diagnoses with your practitioner to ensure that you receive the most effective treatment possible.

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Coughs and Colds

What We Say Versus What We Mean – Part II: Coughs and Colds

Coughs and colds are common illnesses that people tend to brush off as just a nuisance.

However, they can have a significant impact on our daily lives and are often indicators of weakened immune function. Western medicine tends to classify all coughs and colds as the same illness, with similar symptoms and treatments. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees each cold as a unique combination of symptoms and underlying causes.

In this blog, we will explore the difference between Western terminology and descriptions of coughs and colds versus TCM.

The common cold usually involves symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and a sore throat. In Western medicine, these symptoms are typically attributed to viral infections. However, in TCM, coughs and colds are seen as a result of imbalances in the body’s organ systems, triggered when pathogenic factors such as wind, heat, and dampness invade the body.

TCM categorizes coughs and colds into three main types: wind-cold, wind-heat, and damp invasion.

Wind-cold symptoms are associated with a runny nose with clear or white phlegm, a mild fever, chills and aversion to cold, achy joints, and headaches. This type of cold is often slow to progress and may last for a few days.

Wind-heat symptoms, on the other hand, are associated with a sore throat, a cough with thick yellow phlegm, a fever, sweating, and thirst. This type of cold is often fast to progress and may last for a few days.

Damp invasion symptoms are associated with fatigue, a sensation of heaviness in the limbs and head, a cough with sticky phlegm, and a lack of appetite. This type of cold may last for several days to a week.

It is important to keep in mind that a cold can also be predominantly one type while also being multiple types at the same time and even move through different stages. This makes TCM treatment effective and personalized to the cold itself. TCM practitioners will take into account the unique combination of symptoms and underlying causes, which in turn, helps to determine the appropriate treatment.

In conclusion, our terminology sounds the same as the Western words.

Still, the meaning can be radically different between Western medicine and TCM. If you are considering seeking TCM treatment for your cough or cold, it is essential to keep this difference in mind.

Understanding these differences can help you better communicate with your TCM practitioner, making it more likely that you will receive the correct treatment for your unique situation. By embracing both Western and TCM approaches to coughs and colds, you can more effectively manage your health and wellbeing.

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Organs in Traditional Chinese Medicine

What We Say Versus What We Mean: Part I – Organs in Traditional Chinese Medicine

From the moment we wake up to the time we sleep, we are communicating with others.

We rely on language to relay our thoughts, feelings, and intentions to each other. However, sometimes our words can have a hidden meaning that is lost in translation.

This is especially evident in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), where our organs have a different meaning from what we typically understand in Western medicine.

In this blog post, we will explore five of the organ pairs in TCM and differentiate each one from its Western/literal equivalent.

Lung and Large Intestine

In TCM, the lung and large intestine work together, forming a yin-yang pair. The lungs control breathing, regulate Qi energy, and open to the nose, while the large intestine has the function of receiving waste and excreting waste. The Western equivalent of the lungs is the same; however, the large intestine is just seen as another organ in the body that is responsible for physical waste.

Stomach and Spleen

The stomach and spleen are another yin-yang pair. The stomach functions in receiving and descending food, while the spleen transforms the food into nutrients for the body. Interestingly, in TCM, the spleen also governs the muscles and limbs. In contrast, in Western understanding, the stomach digests food, and the spleen is an immune organ.

Heart and Small Intestine

The heart and small intestine work together as a pair, with the heart being the ruler of the body and spirit, while the small intestine is responsible for receiving and transforming food. In TCM, the heart also has the functions of housing the mind and controlling blood circulation. In Western medicine, the small intestine is responsible for breaking down food and absorbing nutrients.

Bladder and Kidney

The bladder and the kidney work as a yin-yang pair, with the bladder being responsible for excretion and the kidney being the foundation of Yin and Yang. The kidneys also have the functions of governing bones, marrow, and the reproductive system. In Western medicine, the bladder and kidneys are responsible for urinary function and waste management only.

Triple Burner and Pericardium

The triple burner and pericardium are two unique organs in TCM, not found in Western medicine. The triple burner is a three-part organ that regulates water metabolism, while the pericardium is known as the heart protector and has the function of protecting the heart, mind, and spirit. The holy grail of TCM is the balance of the three burners, which is imperative for a healthy body and mind.

Liver and Gallbladder

The liver and gallbladder manage digestion in TCM. The liver regulates Qi and blood circulation, and the free flow of these elements is integral to health. The gallbladder has the function of storing and secreting bile, which helps break down and digest fats. In Western medicine, the liver is responsible for detoxification and the gallbladder’s function is only linked to fat digestion.

This blog post has explored five organ pairs in TCM and their differences from their Western/literal equivalent.

It’s essential to remember that our terminology sounds the same as the Western words, but the meanings can be radically different. Understanding these different organ pairs’ roles and functions is crucial when it comes to TCM treatment.

If you ever have questions about terminology you may have heard, be sure to ask about it at your next acupuncture appointment – we would be more than happy to help you understand better.

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Is A Juice Cleanse Right For You?

Is A Juice Cleanse Right For You?

The new year has arrived, and with it comes the all-too-common “new year, new you” mentality.

After indulging in holiday treats and drinks, many people feel the need to clean out their systems and start fresh. A popular way of doing this is by participating in a juice cleanse or detox diet.

However, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, winter cleanse diets can pose a risk to the digestive system. In this blog post, we’ll explore the TCM view on winter cleansing and offer alternative solutions for supporting the body in its natural detoxification process.

According to TCM theory, winter is associated with the water element and the Kidney organ system.

This means that the kidneys are the most active organ during this time, and the body is focused on storing and preserving energy for the upcoming spring season. The digestive system, which is associated with the Earth element, is not as active during the winter months.

This is why TCM practitioners advise against engaging in cold, purgative cleanses during the winter season. Such diets can overwork the digestive system and cause it to become imbalanced, leading to decreased nutrient absorption, weakened immunity, and other health problems.

Instead, TCM advises that we choose warming, nourishing foods that support the body’s natural immune system functions.

This means consuming soups and stews made from root vegetables, winter squashes, and warming herbs like ginger and cinnamon. By supporting the kidneys, the body can more effectively create and store healthy qi and blood, which can improve overall health and wellbeing.

One example of a kidney-supportive herbal remedy is Eucommia Bark, which tonifies Kidney Yang and supports joint health and flexibility. Another is schisandra berry, which tonifies liver and kidney Yin to support the body in reducing stress levels and promoting restful sleep. Herbs like these can be taken as supplements or added to warming teas to support the body’s overall health and detoxification process.

It’s important to note that not all juice cleanses or detox diets are created equal, and what works for one person may not work for another.

If you’re interested in pursuing a juice cleanse or detox diet, it’s essential to seek advice from a qualified TCM practitioner who can customize a plan to suit your unique needs and body type. These experts have the knowledge and skills to guide you in making better lifestyle choices while receiving ongoing health support.

In conclusion, while a juice cleanse can be an excellent way to relieve stress and restore digestion, they may not always be appropriate for everyone, particularly when it comes to winter cleanses from a TCM perspective. When planning your detox regimen, it’s essential to consult with a professional who has the knowledge and expertise to help you select the right foods and herbs for your system.

Remember, the key is to listen to your body and nourish it with warming foods that support its natural functions, rather than forcing it to adhere to restrictive regimes.

So, if you want to improve your long-term health or boost your immunity, seek a TCM practitioner who can provide bespoke health plans and treatments tailored to your unique constitution and needs.

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Embracing Winter

Embracing Winter: A Holistic Look at the Season from an East Asian Medicine Perspective

Winter is the season of stillness, darkness, and preservation in many cultures.

It is when the Yang energy recedes and Yin energy flourishes. According to East Asian Medicine, winter is associated with the Water element and the Kidney organ system, which governs water metabolism, bone health, and reproductive function.

During the winter months, we are more vulnerable to certain ailments and conditions as our body adjusts to the cold weather and reduced daylight hours.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms we experience during the winter months are dry skin, chapped lips, cold hands and feet, muscle stiffness, joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, depression, and anxiety.

From an East Asian Medicine perspective, winter is a time to nourish and tonify our Kidney Qi, which is the foundation of our vital energy and vitality.

The Kidneys store essence, which is our genetic and constitutional makeup, as well as govern our aging process. When our Kidney Qi is weak or imbalanced, we may experience a range of symptoms such as frequent urination, nocturia, lower back pain, brittle nails, hair loss, or sexual dysfunction.

One of the most common winter ailments is the common cold or flu, which is caused by external pathogens such as Wind, Cold, and Heat.

According to TCM theory, Wind-Cold type of cold presents with symptoms such as chills, fever, headache, stiff neck, nasal congestion, and a thin white tongue coating, while Wind-Heat type of cold presents with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, yellow phlegm, and a red tongue with a yellow coating.

To prevent and treat the common cold, it is essential to boost your immune system by eating warming and nourishing foods, such as soups, stews, and bone broth, avoiding cold and raw foods, staying warm and dry, and getting enough rest and sleep.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can also be effective in enhancing your immunity and relieving your symptoms.

Another common winter ailment is arthritis and joint pain, which can be exacerbated by the cold and damp weather.

In TCM, arthritis is often related to a deficiency of Kidney Qi and Blood or the accumulation of Dampness and Wind in the joints. Therefore, it is important to keep your joints warm, move your body regularly (especially in the morning), and avoid damp and cold environments.

You can also try topical applications of warming herbs, such as ginger, cinnamon, and pepper, and internal use of herbs, such as Eucommia and Acanthopanax, that tonify the Kidney and strengthen the bones and tendons.

In addition to physical ailments, winter can also affect our mood and emotional well-being, especially during the shorter and darker days.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to the changes in light exposure and circadian rhythm. SAD is more common in Northern latitudes and affects more women than men. Symptoms of SAD include fatigue, oversleeping, cravings for carbohydrates and sugary foods, social withdrawal, and hopelessness.

To prevent and treat SAD, it is important to expose yourself to natural light, exercise regularly, eat a balanced and nourishing diet, and practice self-care and mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, yoga, and qi gong.

Winter is a season of contrasts and opportunities for introspection and regeneration.

By understanding the East Asian Medicine perspective on winter, you can better align yourself with the natural rhythms and cycles of the universe and take proactive measures to maintain your health and well-being. Whether you are dealing with a physical, emotional, or seasonal issue, there are many natural and holistic remedies that can help you feel more balanced and energized, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, exercise, and mindfulness.

Remember that every season has its beauty and wisdom, and that you can learn and grow from each experience. Stay warm, stay healthy, and stay connected to your inner source of vitality and joy.

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2 Warming Recipes to Nourish Your Body This Fall

Why is consuming warm foods during the fall season important?

  • Warm foods help balance the yin and yang energies by counteracting the cooling effects of the environment.
  • Warm foods support the spleen and stomach, aiding in digestion.
  • Warm foods promote the smooth flow of qi, the vital energy, throughout the body, preventing stagnation.
  • Warm foods nourish and moisturize the body, which is particularly beneficial during the dryness associated with the fall.
  • Warm foods boost the immune system, providing protection against common illnesses during this time of seasonal transition.

Discover two delightful and comforting warming recipes to savor this autumn.

Start your day with a nourishing warm oats breakfast, and end it with a flavorful and soothing carrot curry soup for dinner.

These recipes not only offer incredible flavors but also provide a cozy and satisfying experience during this season of change.

Warming Oats Recipe


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp ghee (optional- great for the nervous system- full of Vitamin A & E)
  • ⅓ cup oat bran (higher in protein than rolled oats or 1/2 of rolled oats)
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds


  • 2 Medjool dates cut into small pieces (good source of iron & potassium)
  • A splash of milk
  • Your choice of fruit


  1. Add water to a pot with chopped almonds first, and bring to a boil.
  2. Add ghee, salt, cinnamon, and cardamon to the pot and stir until well combined.
  3. Add oats, turning down the heat too low.
  4. Stir until the oats have thickened.

Curried Carrot Soup Recipe


  • 5 Large Carrots (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic (diced)
  • ¼ ts sea salt
  • 2 cups Chicken bone broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 tsp yellow curry powder
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Sauté the onion until translucent, then add curry powder, garlic, and carrots.
  2. Add curry powder, garlic, and carrots. Cut into 1-inch pieces.
  3. Stir until well combined.
  4. Slowly add broth until the water just covers the carrots (you can always add more broth later). Cook until carrots are tender.
  5. Blend soup until creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Try them out and relish the autumnal goodness they bring to your table.

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A Brief Introduction to Moxibustion

A Brief Introduction to Moxibustion

Have you ever heard of moxibustion?

You may have seen it before, or even experienced it during a visit to your acupuncturist. Moxibustion is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy that has been used to treat various health conditions for more than 2500 years. Let’s take a look at what exactly moxibustion is and how it’s used in traditional Chinese medicine.

What Is Moxibustion?

Mugwort, or artemisia, is a flowering species belonging to the daisy family. Moxibustion is an external treatment applied directly onto the surface of an acupoint to warm certain points on the body.

It involves the burning of moxa wool, which is made from dried mugwort plant material, until it produces heat that penetrates into the skin. The heat stimulates the flow of qi (energy) and blood throughout the body, which helps improve circulation and promote healing.

It can also help reduce pain and inflammation.

What Conditions Can Moxibustion Treat?

Moxibustion has the ability to balance and regulate qi, blood and yang energy; expel cold; warm yang energy; and protect against illnesses, helping to ensure overall health and well-being.

The most common usage of a moxa treatment in to turn a breech baby. In this case, indirect moxa is used on a point on the little toe every day for 10 days to turn a baby. It is effective and used by midwives and hospitals in Australia!

Moxibustion can also be used to treat a variety of conditions, including menstrual pain, arthritis in the joints of the fingers, chronic coughs due to cold accumulation in the lungs, digestive problems such as constipation and diarrhea, and bleeding that will not stop.

How Is Moxibustion Applied?

Moxibustion is a therapeutic technique that involves the application of heat to specific acupuncture points on the body. It can be applied in various ways, including holding the lit end of a roll of dried mugwort near but not touching the skin, or placing moxa-infused wool on top of an acupuncture needle or close to the skin and letting it smolder for 10-15 minutes before removing it.

The frequency of treatment depends on the condition being treated – for some conditions it may be administered daily or twice weekly over a series of weeks or months.

Who should perform Moxabustion treatment?

It is important to only undergo moxibustion therapy with the assistance of a certified and qualified professional. If you receive acupuncture treatments, you can consult with your acupuncturist on whether they offer moxibustion services or can refer you to another trusted practitioner.

Moxibustion is a safe and effective form of traditional Chinese medicine therapy that has been used for centuries to treat various ailments ranging from menstrual pain to digestive issues. It works by stimulating qi flow throughout the body and promoting better circulation and improved overall health.

It remains one of our very favorite modalities due to its calming and warming properties, and is a fabulous way to level-up an acupuncture treatment!

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