Richmond Moxibustion Services

Providing a therapeutic and relaxing experience to help people move forward in their healing process, balancing the mind, body and spirit.

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Moxibustion is used alongside acupuncture treatments and involves burning the mugwort herb over acupoints for therapeutic purposes.

The word "Moxa" is short for Moxibustion.  Moxibustion warms the body, improves the circulation of blood and provides anti-viral, anti-biotic  anti-parasitic and pain-relieving benefits.  We use moxibustion to treat infertility, pain, injuries, arthritis and digestive orders among other ailments.

At Healing River Acupuncture, we provide both direct and indirect moxibustion.  A cone shaped moxa is placed onto the skin and burned in direct moxa, while a lit moxa stick is held over an acupuncture point with indrect moxa.

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Moxibustion FAQ

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a part of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) that is commonly used with acupuncture. It is a heat-therapy that uses mugwort (Artemesia) that is applied to acupuncture points and heated up to affect Qi and blood.

What is Moxibustion for?

Just like acupuncture, moxa is used to treat many different conditions. The most common ones we encounter in the clinic include reducing swelling from trauma, relieving muscle tension and stiffness, increasing blood circulation, removing dampness and cold, arthritis and even turning breech babies!

History and practice of Moxibustion
You’re lighting it up! Will it burn me?

There are many different types of moxibustion (or moxa for short). All of them are safe and don’t usually leave burn marks. (There is a special type that is for chronic and serious cases where we do burn the skin on purpose but that is rarely used.) There is always a risk involved since it is lighted up, but the practitioner will be careful to extinguish it before it contacts the skin – otherwise both patient and practitioner will feel it!

I don’t like it. Do we have to do it?

If you don’t like the sensation of the heat, or the smell of the moxa, there are other alternatives to treatment. Let your practitioner know.

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About Us

At Healing River Acupuncture Centre, we use acupuncture therapy to restore and rejuvenate the health of our clients by activating their body's own ability to heal itself. To compliment the acupuncture treatments, we often provide Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy to supply the body with the nutrition and resources it needs to heal. The combination of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal therapy has been known to successfully treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditions that Western medicine has had difficulty treating effectively.

Healing River Acupuncture Centre was established in Steveston Village in 2009 by Bobbi Hayashi and has been operating from the same location where it is today ever since. The clinic was transferred in 2018 to Chrystal Malapas, who continues to operate and manage the Richmond acupuncture clinic. All acupuncturists on staff are very experienced, well-trained and certified.

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chrystal malapas registered acupuncturist

Chrystal Malapas

Reg. Acupuncturist, B.Sc., R.Ac.

She is a graduate of the Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program at PCU College of Holistic Medicine in Burnaby, BC. Chrystal also did training in Acupuncture at the Western Canadian Institute of TCM Practitioners in Richmond, BC.

Chrystal also has additional training in Japanese Meridian Therapy with Ikeda Masakazu sensei and Edward Obaidey sensei.

Chrystal obtained her Bachelor's degree in Biology under the Pre-Med Program from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. A last minute decision to take an elective TCM class in her final year of university transformed her outlook. After finding success in the treatment of a lifelong condition by TCM, Chrystal decided to dedicate her life to TCM.

Inspired by experience, Chrystal is passionate about helping others regain their health.

Workdays: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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(604) 277-5550
Address & Location

3571 Chatham St #105, Richmond BC

We are located in Steveston Village at Chatham St and Third Ave.

Free parking is available in our parking lot or on the street.

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Clinic Hours
Monday10am – 6pm
TuesdayClosed
Wednesday10am – 6pm
ThursdayClosed
Friday10am – 6pm
Saturday10am – 6pm
SundayClosed

Moxibustion Testimonials

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Chrystal is an attentive acupuncturist. She listens well to your concerns and is able to deliver top notch service. She is gentle and is very considerate of your comfort level especially if it's your first time getting acupuncture. In my case, I had pain on my wrist due to carrying my heavy baby and after my first visit with Chrystal, I already felt better and her treatment was able to alleviate most of the pain. Her space is also very clean and very relaxing.
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Chrystal is phenomenal. Her calm and comforting demeanor along with her great knowledge of chinese medicine and acupuncture has got me hooked. Because of her I cannot live without regular acupuncture appointments.
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Chrystal is an amazing acupuncturist! She is very knowledgeable and has a calm bedside manner. She helped me with various injuries and helped improve my immune system. She also was able to help me when my baby was breech and overdue. Her clinic is clean, well maintained and peaceful. I highly recommend her!
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Chrystal is a registered acupuncturist who is very knowledgeable in both traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. She was friendly and helpful in answering my questions. She alternates between this acupuncture clinic in Richmond and another in Vancouver, so if you are located in Vancouver or you have a hard time scheduling an appointment, you may want to check her schedule when she is in Vancouver (Kitsilano area). The Richmond acupuncture clinic in Steveston Village is well maintained, neat and clean. There is free parking on the street and a few spots in the parking lot. Her acupuncture rates are very reasonable and well worth it.

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