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Chinese Medicine: Moxibustion

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health. Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.

Meet The Staff

Carrie Ducharme

Carrie Ducharme

L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)

Carrie completed her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine, earning Highest Academic Honors, from the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture in 2013, where she was also the recipient of the Kathy Salisbury Award for Herbal Medicine. She is currently the Herbal Medicinary Manager at PIHMA, where she continues to work with students and prescribe herbal formulas for patients. Her love of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, along with her compassionate nature, has helped her build a diverse, faithful following of individuals who have greatly benefited from her care and expertise. Prior to pursuing her dream of a career in healthcare and wellness, Carrie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Diego. She worked in the banking industry for a number of years before choosing to stay home to raise her 3 children. In her free time she loves spending time with family, running, reading, and hiking in our beautiful state.

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