The Healing Hearth
Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine
Dr. Kayla Moberg
Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM)
Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac)
Medical Herbalist (Dip. Phyt)
Women's Acupuncture & Health Services
Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Cupping Therapy, Tui Na, Moxibustion, Dietary Therapy and Lifestyle
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient medicine evolved over thousands of years. It is based on the concept of the free flow of Qi, the vital life force which flows throughout the body along meridians that interconnect all systems of the body. TCM practitioners help to balance the flow of Qi in the body through various modalities. As a natural medicine, TCM treats both the root cause of disease as well as the branch symptoms. TCM uses a holistic approach to treat body, mind and spirit by focusing on both the prevention and treatment of disease.
Each visit involves an acupuncture treatment, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, and may include any of the modalities listed in detail below, as required. An initial consultation involves a complete health history and a thorough assessment of current health conditions. Important diagnostic questions and techniques, including tongue and pulse diagnosis, provide information about the different imbalances occurring in the body and help form a diagnosis. A treatment plan based on that diagnosis is formulated and tailored to individual needs.
Using thin, sterile, single-use needles, acupuncture is one of the primary tools a TCM practitioner uses to restore balance by alleviating pain, stimulating healing and preventing disease.
Acupuncture works to facilitate the flow of lymph and oxygen-rich blood, remove obstructions in the muscles and nerves, encourage hormonal regulation and relaxation of the nervous system. Studies show that acupuncture induces biochemical changes throughout the body which address a variety of health concerns. Acupuncture also stimulates the release of the body’s natural painkillers and affects areas in the brain involved in processing pain.
Since time immemorial, women have used herbs - gathered, eaten, nurtured, tended, loved herbs - and passed on to their young ones the wisdom of herbal medicine. Herbal formulas are prescribed to the individual person based on their current health needs and are modified as symptoms resolve. Herbs may be dispensed in tea, tincture, capsule or powder form.
Cupping involves placing warm glass cups on specific areas of the body. The warm air inside the cup creates a vacuum that increases blood and lymph flow which then relaxes the muscles, loosens fascial tissue, stimulates healing and sedates the nervous system, inducing relaxation. It works similarly to the way deep tissue massage helps to reduce pain and break up scar tissue.
Commonly treated conditions include
arthritis, back, neck and shoulder pain, constipation, fertility and gynecological disorders, headaches, high blood pressure, lung congestion, migraines, muscle aches and stress.
Tui na (pronounced twee-nah) is a type of massage and is believed to be the oldest system of bodywork. Tui na is used to address specific imbalances by stimulating the flow of Qi, following the same principles as acupuncture.
Tui na massage includes acupressure where the practitioner uses their hands, rather than needles, to stimulate acupuncture points.
Tui na is commonly used to treat back and neck pain, constipation, fibromyalgia, frozen shoulder, headaches, insomnia, menstrual cramps, migraines, musculoskeletal pain and sciatica.
Moxibustion (also called Moxa) involves the burning of a herb (Mugwort/Artemisia vulgaris) over specific acupuncture points. It is a powerful method to add warmth to the body. The warmth from Moxa increases circulation which relieves pain and nourishes the body to fortify one's energy. Moxa is complementary to acupuncture in the treatment of anemia, arthritis, fertility challenges, gynecological conditions such as PCOS, menstrual disorders and poor digestion. Moxa is well known for its effectiveness in turning breech babies. Most people find Moxa treatment very relaxing.
Dietary Therapy & Lifestyle
In ancient China, doctors focused on disease prevention and educating patients on living a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Lifestyle includes things such as sleep patterns, stress levels, physical activity, patterns of behaviour and much more. Gentle suggestions will be made to help shift imbalances and incorporate changes to support your health and well-being.
Dietary therapy uses natural foods as both prevention and cure. This branch of TCM considers the various medicinal properties of foods as well as their energetic and thermal natures. Appropriate foods are recommended for the individual to achieve a therapeutic effect.