Upon graduation from Acupuncture School where I was trained in the three branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I received this scroll which has hung in my Acupuncture office for the 30 years I have been practicing the healing arts. It reminds me of the empathy that is required when those in need trust me to take a compassionate approach. I wish there was more sentiment like this as we redesign the structure of health care at this time in our history. This oath of professional ethics was authored by Sun Ssu-Miao, who was a Tang dynasty physician, but the heart of the message is timeless, and one I let guide me today. Here is the translation:
“When people come to you with a serious disease and ask for help, you cannot concern yourself with whether they are esteemed or dishonorable, wealthy or poor, elderly or young, beautiful or ugly. Your care must be safe, and not swayed by whether they are your dearest family member or your adversary, your good friend or a stranger, Chinese or foreigner, foolish or wise. In your mind’s eye each patient is on the same level, degree and class, and is treated as close as family. Your care must never be self serving or motivated by what brings good or bad fortune, or by that which is pleasing or upsetting. Your protection and care should be precisely what is necessary: no more, no less, without deference to your own safety and life. Know, in your heart, that your good deeds are sincere and not a game. Show courage but caution. Actively explore and broaden your knowledge, but stand firmly on the principles of which you are certain.”
People often wonder about the source of the smokiness in my Acupuncture Office. It has a familiar, yet different, aroma and can sometimes be quite strong in these cold winter months when I tend to use it frequently. I am quick to explain that it comes from doing Moxibustion, which is the application of heat to acupuncture points. Sometimes I heat the acupuncture needles which brings comforting heat deep into the body. This promotes circulation and blood flow and helps to strengthen the energy of certain organ systems. In Chinese Medicine it is a common understanding that cold and dampness can become lodged in the muscles and joints and organs of the body and this often presents as aches or pains that tend to worsen in cold or damp weather. I use “moxa” to dispel cold and dry up the dampness. It is also useful if an organ system needs a boost of energy and you may see me use it on those whose Kidney Yang Qi is diminished as it will fortify the function of the kidneys. It relaxes muscles, tendons and ligaments and people often report an improved range of motion in an otherwise stiff neck, back or limbs.
Moxa is made my compressing a common Chinese Herb called Artemesia Vulgaris, also known by it’s common name of Mugwort, into long cigar-shaped rolls where it is then left to dry and cure for up to twelve years before it is ready to use. By holding the hot end of the moxa roll near the metal handle of the acupuncture needle, the needle heats up and sends a comforting warmth deep into the surrounding tissue and into the Acupuncture pathways of energy. The heat is able to go much deeper than the heat of an electric heating pad, hot water bottle or heated rice pack and has a longer-lasting effect.
Sometimes I will give patients their own moxa homework to do on themselves between treatments. I will send them home with a moxa roll and instructions in its safe use on themselves or family members. I have one young mother who uses it by waving it over the feet of her child before bedtime and this seems to help him overcome his insomnia. By heating the point on the bottom of the foot, in the center of the footpad known as K.1, this helps to draw excess energy down from the head and has a calming and relaxing effect. I often do this for those napping on the acupuncture table. It feels so good!
When I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture, I was instructed in the 3 branches of Chinese Medicine — Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology and Moxibustion. Now you know what Moxibustion is, too.
Kidney Stones are torture as anyone who has suffered through one can tell you. Did you know one of the simplest things you can do to help prevent kidney stones is to add fresh lemon juice to your daily drinking water? This will give you alkaline water and help to balance the high acidity levels in your system which contribute to the formation of kidney stones. Another important thing to do if you have a tendency to develop these stones is to drink plenty of water on a regular basis.
If you begin to feel the symptoms of a kidney stone attack, here is a recipe for a natural remedy which can prevent your suffering from such an event. It is worth stocking up on the items necessary so you will be ready if the need arises.
Natural Remedy for Kidney Stones
To resolve Kidney Stones, begin brewing this remedy as soon as symptoms appear:
3 qts. Organic apple juice, freshly juiced, if possible
20 oz. fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice
10 oz. organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1 bottle Dr. Schulze’s Kidney/Bladder Formula*
2 pks. Dr. Schulze’s Kidney/Bladder tea*
Steep all day, straining every few hours.
Put through blender.
Let sit 24 hours, refrigerated
Next day, drink 4 oz./hour, 64/oz per day x 2 days
Also, drink 64 oz. distilled water per day, from onset of symptoms.
*Can be purchased from Dr. Schulze’s website: herbsdoc.com
Welcome to Susan McNulty Acupuncture. Here you will find the holistic healing services I offer and the classes and workshops I teach.
If you are interested in natural approaches to health, longevity and well-being it is my wish to make my services available to you. I have studied natural methods of pain relief for over 30 years as an Acupuncturist. I practice other forms of BodyMind Medicine for restoring health and well-being at the energetic level such as Reiki and Quantum Healing. I teach Tapping/EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to those who want better balance of emotions and to be free of negative thought patterns.
I am constantly on the look-out for natural cures and alternative approaches to pain and disease. The body has an innate ability to heal itself if we can discover the optimum environment and lifestyle practices that promote wellness of body, mind and soul. It is in the balance of this trinity that our greatest health can be realized.
It is my sincere wish to be in service to those I might help and to teach them how to promote their own innate ability to heal.