March has started with some good developments. Lurking in the back of an edition of The Acupuncturist I saw an advert for acupuncturists to join the Arthritic Association‘s list of associated practitioners. After a short phone call, sending off copies of my certificates, signing a few agreement papers and editing an online profile I am now on their register.
For anyone suffering from arthritis and keen to tackle it through natural methods they are an organisation worth investigating. As well as their newsletters giving advice on how to cope and improve your symptoms through diet and lifestyle they also offer a scheme for subsided physical therapies including physiotherapy, oesteopathy, chiropractic, massage and now, due to supporting evidence, acupuncture. They do charge a small annual fee or a single lifetime payment but for that you get many times more in subsidised treatments as well as all the other support they provide. I would highly recommend anyone suffering from athritis to check them out.
In some other news moxa has started to make a reappearance in my clinic. Moxa is a herb that has been traditionally burned on or near points or placed on the tops of needles as a form of heat therapy. The problem with it is that the traditional form always produced a lot of smoke and smell which I personally did not like and nor did many patients and smoke detectors. I have recently found some smokeless varieties, almost like charcoal, which can produce the right amount of heat without setting off any alarms or making me cough. That does not mean I will be getting rid of my heat lamps but moxa is a far more versative medium that can target specific points and areas with more precision than a large lamp.