By Melissa Lo L.Ac., Ph.D.

Origin Natural Care Blog

April 12, 2016

What is moxibustion, and what are the benefits?

 By Dr. Melissa Lo L.Ac., M.S.O.M.
Licensed Acupuncturist
Owner of Origin Natural Care

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy. Moxa is made of dried mugwort (Artemisia Argyi) and can be used for a numerous amount of disorders. Practitioners use moxa to help with with warming regions of the body. The philosophy behind moxibustion is that it can be used to move the Qi and the Blood at specific acupuncture points
along the meridian pathways.

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February 15, 2016

When should I switch from icing to heating an injury?

 By Dr. Melissa Lo L.Ac., M.S.O.M.
Licensed Acupuncturist
Owner of Origin Natural Care

I come across a lot of patients who have injuries that they treat with icing. Patients are surprised when they are told to stop the icing and add in heating. The vast majority of health practitioners will recommend that they ice the traumatized region. It is essential to ice during the first 24 hours of a trauma to stop the flow of blood. In essence we are trying to stop the blood circulation in that region to stop the swelling of the body.

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February 11, 2016

Dry Needling

 By Dr. Melissa Lo L.Ac., M.S.O.M.
Licensed Acupuncturist
Owner of Origin Natural Care

Dry needling is a technique that is not related to Traditional Chinese acupuncture. Acupuncturists take a stand that dry needling is a form of acupuncture. This is due to the fact that dry needling is still an invasive procedure, the use of needles being inserted into the body. Dry needling is usually used to help with stimulating and breaking away at muscular knots and tension in the body. Another name for dry needling is trigger point needling, intramuscular stimulation (IMU) and bio medical acupuncture.

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February 3, 2016

Myths about Acupuncture

 By Dr. Melissa Lo L.Ac., M.S.O.M.
Licensed Acupuncturist
Owner of Origin Natural Care

Below are some of the most common questions I have been asked while in practice. I have had the opportunity to see hundreds of patients, and the same questions still pop up. It is our job to help dispel some of these myths and give our future patients the information to make an educated decision on their treatments.

Myth: Acupuncture hurts and can be painful. Truth: Acupuncture is the use of fine needles to stimulate specific areas of the body. The needles are very fine, much like a strand of hair. You will feel an initial break in the skin, however after this most patients feel a mild tender sensation. This sensation is the stimulation of “Qi” or energy at this acupuncture point. When the “Qi” is stimulated, one may feel a slight tingling movement, dull ache, or even a warming of location.

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