Sophie uses a Japanese style of acupuncture which focuses on treating the root cause with emphasis on the entire body rather than a single symptom. As a result, patients find the treatments to be effective and long lasting.
One of the techniques is called moxibustion. It is a technique that involves burning a specific herb to facilitate healing. Sophie uses different types of moxibustion including direct moxa and indirect moxa, otherwise known as Kyotoshin.
Indirect Moxibustion (Kyotoshin):
The indirect moxibustion approach which blends both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle(s) removed.
During this type of acupuncture, a patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring.
In Japan over many centuries, a technique was developed of burning tiny ‘threads’ or ‘cones’ of moxa directly on acupuncture points without burning or scarring the skin. This technique uses a specially refined moxa that burns at a relatively low temperature, so it is safe and transmits a very pure quality of heat into the acupuncture point.
The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
Sophie is a Registered Acupuncturist, so the treatments are covered by many extended health insurance plans. Please refer to your employer’s benefits package summary for coverage details.