Moxibustion

Moxibustion is therapy involving the application of heat to acupuncture points as well as specific regions of the body which can tonify qi and structural tissues, dispel the stagnation of cold, stimulate circulation and improve blood flow.

Heat is produced primarily by burning an herb called mugwort (though at times the mugwort will be combined with other therapeutic herbs to address a particular pathology).  The  herb is prepared differently depending on the desired function.  It can be left loose with all twigs and coarse leaves removed for a very fine and soft cotton like texture which is ideal for rolling into very small pieces called ‘rice grain moxa’ for direct application on the skin.  When left slightly more coarse, mugwort can be used rolled into a larger role to be applied on acupuncture needles or to be used above the skin for a more general warming sensation.  Mugwort can also be placed in a ‘moxa box’ which is then placed on the abdomen or back to warm a larger surface area, this is particularly effective for pelvic and uterine problems as well as lower back pain.

When moxa is applied to specific acupuncture points it can treat cold-obstruction (arthritic pain worsened by cold), digestive problems, weak immune systems, poor circulation, infertility, spasmodic pain, prolapse due to deficiency of qi or sinking qi, and many more symptoms arising for a cold pathological factor and/or deficiency in qi/blood.

 

Questions about Moxibustion? Ask Us!

Learn Book Team

The most common story when somebody comes to see me, is that they have tried other modalities and nothing has helped.

Full BioBook Now

Tap Photo For Bio

Shekoufeh (Fatima) has finished 5 years of extensive training in Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC.

Full BioBook Now

Tap Photo For Bio

Karyn Smith is a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and licensed to practice Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and its associated treatments of Moxibustion, Cupping and Tuina (Chinese massage) therapies.

Full BioBook Now

Tap Photo For Bio

The most common story when somebody comes to see me, is that they have tried other modalities and nothing has helped. TCM is often turned to as a last resort. After a round of treatments a common response is “I wish I had tried this sooner”. I am constantly blown away by this medicine’s ability to heal. I enjoy helping patients who are working with pain, depression/anxiety, stress, weight loss, women’s issues including fertility, pre and post labour treatment, cancer treatment and chemotherapy support and digestive health. I take my time in order to fully understand your picture of health, so we can work together to have you functioning optimally.

I have enjoyed completing a bachelors degree in Kinesiology and the five year diploma of Doctir of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Along the way, I have gained experience as a personal trainer and yoga teacher as well as completing an internship at the Tzu Chi hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. These experiences have given me an understanding as to how your body works on both a physical and energetic level. I’m here to help YOU.

Shekoufeh (Fatima) has finished 5 years of extensive training in Chinese Medicine in Vancouver, BC. She holds a doctor of Chinese Medicine Diploma and is currently registered as an Acupuncturist with CTCMA, the Chinese Medicine regulatory body in BC. Shekoufeh was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Since childhood she was exposed to natural/alternative medicine through homemade decoctions and medicinal herbs. After immigrating to Canada and receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UBC, Fatima soon realized that Chinese Medicine was her calling as it requires the holistic consideration of mind, body, and emotion that she was keen to develop.

This desire, along with her extensive and ongoing academic pursuits, makes Shekoufeh a passionate and effective Acupuncturist. She truly believes that every person is a unique individual with a unique story, thus has to be treated as a whole being and with an open mind.

She has a strong passion for holistic medicine. She specializes in menstrual disorders, fertility related issues, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and balancing hormones. Her other areas of expertise include digestive system issues, emotional stress (depression, anxiety), pain management, diet and nutrition.

Shekoufeh is also the owner of an online shop, making the most reliable supplements and vitamins available athttp://www.nutritionboutique.ca. She also enjoys cooking with wholesome and fresh ingredients, and endeavours to stay happy and healthy by practicing Yoga regularly.

For more information about Acupuncture and her treatments please visit: www.shekoufeh-hozouri.com

Karyn Smith is a Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and licensed to practice Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and its associated treatments of Moxibustion, Cupping and Tuina (Chinese massage) therapies.

Karyn graduated from the 5-year doctorate program at the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver (ICTCMV) and interned at a hospital in Anhui province in the People’s Republic of China. She has completed a course for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) to use ear acupuncture to help patients recover from addictions. She has learned Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran. She has also been studying Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan’s Acu 1, 2, 3 and Global Balance Method.

Karyn has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology.

Karyn’s practice focuses on patients with a wide range of health concerns and conditions. However she has a deep interest in Women’s health and treating gynaecological, reproductive, prenatal and postnatal conditions as well as preventative treatments to help women achieve their optimal health goals. She also likes to treat patients for their seasonal allergies, headaches, migraines, as well as anxiety, depression and digestive issues.

Karyn is dedicated to life-long learning in all things as well as improving her practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She lives in Vancouver with her family and enjoys getting outdoors as much as possible, whether on the north shore, Pacific Spirit Park, or any of the wonderful beaches around the city.

close