Moxa Magic: Class, Wednesday, December 3rd, 5:30-6:30.
a Traditional Chinese Medicine heat therapy for health
Moxa (moxabustion) is a heat therapy which burns the plant artemisia. It can be used at home to:
- improve blood circulation
- strengthen and overcome fatigue
- aid in healing musculoskeletal injuries
- reduce body pain
- improve digestion and many other common ailments
Learn to use moxa sticks to apply heat to a specific area of the body for a therapeutic effect.
The class is taught by licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Olivia Peters-Lazaro, L.Ac. of Chico Community Acupuncture.
Bring a friend to give and receive treatment
The class is by donation and moxa sticks can be purchased that night for $1 a piece. Call the clinic to reserve your space.
POCA members can purchase 5 treatments for $65 in the month of November. Limit three per person. Treatments can be used any time. They make great gifts! Only available to POCA members.
- People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) is national cooperative that supports and promotes all things community acupuncture. For membership as little as $25 per year you get THREE FREE treatment cards to give to new patients, a FREE treatment on your birthday, and MUCH more. Your membership fee goes directly to funding micro loans to bring new community acupuncture clinics to undeserved communities (like your family in central California). And our POCA members get to volunteer at the clinic.
Go NOW and become a member: https://www.pocacoop.com/membership/join-patientcom/. Be sure to note Chico Community Acupuncture as your home clinic. Need help? Come into the clinic, and we can sign you up on the spot.
Autumn Health Tips
“Fall is the season of harvest, a time to pull inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up fuel, food, and warm clothing, a time to study and plan for the approaching stillness of winter. Everything in nature contract and moves its essence inward and downward. Leaves and fruit fall, seeds dry, the sap of trees goes into the roots. The earth’s grasses start to lose their deep green color, turning lighter and drier.” From Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are 5 elements and a season and organs associated with each: Winter-Water-Kidneys, Spring-Wood-Liver, Summer-Fire-Heart, and Fall-Metal-Lungs. The above passage reflects the quality of the Autumn time. In Traditional Chinese Medicine our Lung Qi (healthy energy) is associated with our immune system. This is an important season to support the health of your Lung Qi so that they are better able to fend off colds and flu's and associated problems this Winter. Firstly, getting 3-4 acupuncture treatments to build the immune system (the Lung Qi system) is a great benefit. Other things you can do to support your health this season:
Wear a scarf. One theory as to how people catch colds or the flu, is by “invasion of wind.” According to Chinese medical philosophy, wind penetrates the back of the neck, bringing with it external pathogens which can lead to illness. Cover up with a scarf and jacket especially after sweating or if it is windy, even if you think you don’t need one.
Eat right for the season. Autumn is the harvest season for rich dense foods that support and fuel the body, providing additional heat to protect us from the coming cool, damp climate. These foods help “thicken” the blood in order to keep us warm in cooler weather. Also add foods that are sour into your diet – sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, aduki beans, lemons, and sour varieties of apples.
Boost Your Child's Health
Full Moon Shonishin Wellness Treatments.
Wednesday November 5th, 2:30-4:30
$10 per kid
for newborns through seven years old
Shonishin is the Japanese system of pediatric acupuncture. When Shonishin is given on or near the Full Moon, a child's wellness is optimized. A typical treatment starts with observing the child, hearing from the parent or caregiver, then brushing the channels (the meridians of energy that we are treating with acupuncture) with a seashell or other smooth object. This regulates, clears, and balances the channels so that the child can best recover, or simply maintain wellness. I usually stimulate a few other areas that will help the babe, possibly including in and out insertion with special pediatric acupuncture needles. Most kids, especially babies, are fine with needles! Full Moon Shonishin Wellness Treatments are for infants through about 7 years of age. The clinic will be closed to everyone but you and your kids! So they will have full run of the big treatment room. Snacks, noise, and toys are welcome.
I treat kids regularly at the clinic, and you are welcome to schedule a regular treatment for your kids anytime they need it. If they are very young, or you come in as a family, you will be treated in the back room, so you can make noise. When they get a little older, say 7 years or so, most kids get treated in the "grown-up room" in a chair of their choice, and sit with their needles for about 15 minutes. Kids can get treated for the aches and pains of growing, colds, ear-aches, teething, night terrors, poor digestion and much more, just ask.
Our New Stained Glass Sign, a gorgouse gift from the very talented John Rubino.