"Where there is no movement there is pain.
Where there is movement there is no pain."
-Traditional Chinese Saying

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using the Moxa / Mugwort herb. Due to its yang energy; warming and moving effects, it has been known for centuries as one of women's greatest allies in regulating menstruation and easing the transition to menopause. For the same reasons, it is extremely useful in treating stagnation in muscle tissue that causes pain; much in the same way a blacksmith heats metal, to make it softer and more malleable. Where there is pain, there is stagnation. When moxibustion is applied, it effectively moves stagnation, which leads to a decrease (and possible elimination) of pain.

Studies have shown that Moxa, when burnt over specific parts of the body, can:

* Activate immune function and increase red and white blood cell count
* Enhance lymphocyte activity
* Heal wounded tissue
* Revive organ function
* Lower blood pressure
* Aid in detoxification

Provide effective support for:
* Chronic pain
* Immune system and autoimmune system disorders
* Lymphatic disorders
* Skin disorders
* Eye sight pain and blurriness
* Muscle / tissue tension and injuries
* Misaligned/ slipped discs
* Strained / injured ligaments and tendons
* Fertility issues and menstrual pain and irregularities
* Kidney / gall stones
* Digestive issues
* Food poisoning
* Bronchial asthma
* Arthritis, carpal tunnel, tendonitis .... the list goes on ... and on ...

If appropriate, moxibustion may be added into an acupuncture treatment, used as a stand-alone treatment, or recommended for at-home application.
When performed at 34 weeks of pregnancy, moxibustion has been proven to be 80% successful in turning breached babies.

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Moxibustion - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

Fire Needle Technique:  Mugwort (moxa) is burned on the head of a needle; the needle acts as a conduit to draw the healing benefits (warming, pain relieving, increased circulation) of the herb into the body.

Kristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga offers safe, effective Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine
Loose Moxa with raw ginger and sea salt (on the abdomen); a treatment for acne, digestion issues and menstrual cramps and bloating.

"Music puts wings on the human spirit."                      - Frank Sinatra

I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember.  It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students. 

Music is incredible in it's ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind.  It's a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I  appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic.  The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud.  In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present.  Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change.  It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse.  They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.

Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health ... your life.

Music, unique in it's ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle.  The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will  keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy.  Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn't serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy.  I believe that music is medicine.

© 2017 Kristen Boze, Puravidaacupunctureandyoga.com