My dad lives in Japan so I don't see him often, but he emails me quite often for any kind of health problems. Because we live so far from each other, I can't give him acupuncture treatments as often as I would like. What I do for him is to write his herbal prescription, have him do moxibustion, and tell him to go see a doctor or acupuncturist when necessary. What is moxibustion? Moxibustion uses moxa (mogwart) to activate acupuncture points, warm the channel, and promote the smooth flow of Qi and blood. Just like acupuncture, different acupuncture points are used for different conditions.
When I was at Henan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the affiliated hospitals had a floor where they sold all sorts of moxa and tools. Along with that, they gave out this sheet of paper to help patients know where to apply the moxibustion according to the issues they were experiencing. I thought that was really cool to give patients the tool they could use to improve their health. So, I asked for one, wanting to do something similar for my patients. I must confess that I haven't done that yet, but I will get to it soon!
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love