Moxibustion can provide a number of physical benefits whether it is used on its own or in conjunction with acupuncture and manual release therapies. Herbal therapy may also be used as an adjunct treatment if needed. Jennifer can help you experience the benefits of moxibustion by tailoring treatment to your personal needs. She has designed her practice in Playa Vista to be an oasis of calm for patients to experience complete relaxation during treatments.

What Is Moxibustion?

The process of moxibustion stimulates your blood circulation and triggers a natural healing response. The procedure is a form of heat therapy where dried plant materials called ‘moxa’ are burned very near the surface of your skin in devices that hold the herb over the area being treated. Typically, moxa is made from the dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort.

The process warms and invigorates your ‘Qi’ flow in your body to aid in dispelling certain pathogenic influences. By warming certain points with a slow heat, the burning moxa can additionally treat sore muscles. Moxibustion can provide relief and respite from conditions including:

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Menstrual camping
  • Improve female health issues
  • Irregularity, infertility, and breech pregnancy
  • Male health problems (impotence and poor sperm quality)
  • Digestive issues
  • Numbness in the fingers and toes
  • Anxiety and depression
  • General fatigue

As a skilled acupuncturist Jennifer can target specific points on your body (that may or may not correspond with acupoints) and apply the heat from moxibustion to bring about a biochemical response.

What to Expect during Your Moxibustion Appointment

Moxibustion is considered equal in healing power to diet, exercise, meditation, and cupping in Chinese medicine. Once Jennifer has completed an in-depth consultation on how best to treat your condition, typically she will hold a burning ‘moxa stick’ close to, but not touching, the surface of your skin.

The ‘moxa’ material is compressed into a stick or pole for it to create a unique form of intense and penetrating heat. Typically patients experience a sudden flood of warmth that radiates down the chosen energy pathway, which signifies ‘Qi’ is being released into and around the body.

Moxibustion treatment can be smoky and pungent due to the burning of the ‘moxa.’ Jennifer has equipped her practice room with state-of-the-art ventilation, as your comfort is of the utmost importance.

Jennifer is a highly-experienced and certified practitioner, and when properly administered, moxibustion therapy is completely safe and incredibly beneficial to patients.

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Michelle | Verified Patient

“Jennifer is a connected and intuitive healer. Her receptivity and ability to access her vast knowledge allows her to assess my symptoms relative to each other and to my being as a whole. My Sessions with her have been more beneficial than many other therapies I have tried and I am eternally grateful that I found her.”

Charles W. | Verified Patient

Jennifer Ryan is getting me better fast!!!...Just finished session 7 with significant improvement with lower back and sciatica issues.

Walking upright again. And the pain reduction is significant.

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Jennifer has been a major part of my health regime for years. I leave my visits with her feeling so much better every time. She is very knowledgeable about her craft and overall holistic treatments. Beyond providing traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, she's skilled in aroma and crystal therapy. She's helped me balance my hormones and treat my anxiety. I always know I'm in the right hands when I pay her a visit -- she's incredibly personable and easy on the touch.

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I have been going to Jenn for several months now, and can honestly say she has helped change my life. She is hands down incredible at what she does. I went in with things like anxiety, stress, stagnation, IBS, hair loss, etc. you name it I had it... Week by week we work together to slowly but surely work on these health issues, and I can absolutely say that her acupuncture techniques, cupping, and holistic advice for my life have made me a healthier/happier person! Even my friends and family have noticed my health turning around :)

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Jennifer Ryan is an expert practitioner who is well-versed within her craft.  Her professionalism far exceeds her ability to care and treat any issue or ailment with her eloquence and finesse.  She takes the time and patience to understand my way of well-being.  As a Registered Nurse, Jennifer Ryan will always be my beloved practitioner.  I look forward to what she continues to offer with her expertise.

J.F. | Verified Patient

I cannot say enough positive things about Jennifer and her healing work. A few years ago, after only two acupuncture treatments,  I could open my jaw pain free - this was astonishing after three months of physical therapy treatments which did not help the issue. I had tried other acupuncturists but never saw such tangible results.

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Jennifer Ryan, LAc

12061A Jefferson Blvd.
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