Support your Immune System and Squamish Helping Hands

Squamish Integrated Health's Smoldering Shins Club is running in November, December and January at various times from Monday to Friday. During the coldest, darkest months of the year it is important to boost blood and Qi. We can accomplish this with Moxibustion or Moxa for short. Moxibustion is made from ground up leaves of the medicinal plant Mugwort, and rolled into sticks. These sticks are then lit to a smolder which is then held over acupuncture points. The effect is a very warming, deeply penetrating heat that increases red and white blood cells, improves blood and lymph circulation and the capacity to produce antibodies.

What's that smell?

Burning moxa has a distinct aroma that some people find relaxing and others may not enjoy. The essential oils in Mugwort have a siginficant effect as a form of aromatherapy or medicinal incense. For centuries Mugwort has been used by healers and shamans to dispel evil. In European folk tradition Mugwort was placed into pillows to prevent  bad dreams and to ward off nefarious spirits.

Zu San Li ST36 

This acupuncure point located one hands width below the knee (on the shin) is one of the most potent Qi and blood boosters on the body. St-36 is located on the network called the Stomach Meridian. Stimulation of St-36 not only enlivens the point but also the entire meridian and stomach organ. According to this classic medical theory, the organ and meridian of the stomach are a part of the foundation of our life energy. Thus, stimulation on St-36 not only affects the leg where St-36 is located, but also affects the health of the whole body.

Please note, for the purposes of the Smoldering Shins Club we will be using smokeless moxa. If you are interested in having a true Moxibustion treatment please make an appointment with one of our wonderful acupuncturists.