Thursday, November 23, 2017

Acupuncture is known for helping to heal chronic pain and aches. However, what many don’t know is that, along with a healthy diet and exercise, it can also be helpful in retaining a youthful appearance. It helps to stimulate collagen production (i.e. skin tightening), improve the texture of skin by stimulating circulation, which leads to a better hormonal balance, a decrease in stress and an improvement in sleep patterns. If you go to a center for holistic medicine, your chances that you will find at least one doctor trained in acupuncture are very high. Acupuncture has increased in popularity over the years and this is not expected to change anytime soon.

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is the burning of a small spongy herb called mugwort. Acupuncture and moxibustion are often used as a combination. The two main types are direct and indirect. The former involves placing a tiny cone-shaped moxa on top of the acupuncture point and burning it until the point is considered to be completely detoxed. Indirect is the more popular type because there’s less of a risk of burning and scarring. The practitioner simply lights one end of a cigar-like stick and holds it close to the acupuncture point until the area turns red. Another method is wrapping the moxa around the tip of the needle and ignited. It is extinguished after the maximum of the desired effect is achieved.

Moxibustion uses:

  • To eliminate the extreme temperatures of the meridian points in order to bring the life flow (known as the chi) back into balance.
  • Encourages breeched fetuses to turn head-down before being delivered.
  • Reduce the effects of menstrual cramps.

Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is commonly used for treating diseases such as diabetes, that of the spleen, depression and even hangovers. However, there are numerous milk thistle side effects so it’s not advised to use it lightly. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before using it if you have an allergy to ragweed or other herbs in its family such as daises and marigolds. If you have diabetes, be sure to check about the right dosage for you with a healthcare provider as high doses can easily lower blood sugar. If you have a hormone-sensitive condition, such as breast cancer or endometriosis, milk thistle extract is probably not for you and you would probably be advised to use milk thistle seeds instead.

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