Moxibustion plays an important role in the
traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet,
and Mongolia. Historians believe that the therapeutic use of moxibustion
was used before acupuncture. One of the first books about the specific
use of moxibustion as a therapy was written around 500 B.C.E. by Bian
Que a famous doctor of antiquity and one of the first specialist in
moxibustion. Needling came to supplement moxa after around 200 B.C.E.
In Modern China the use of Moxibustion is now inseparable from Acupuncture.
However some practitioners of Classical Chinese Medicine still only
use Moxibustion as their way of treating illness, which is a testament
to the effectives of this therapy.
Moxibustion is a therapy that uses moxa, or the herb
mugwort. The herb is usually aged and ground up to a fluff. It can then
be used in that state or processed further into a stick that resembles
a cigar. It is then used to warm and stimulate areas or specific acupuncture
points to create
a therapeutic effect.
does Moxibustion do?
Moxibustion is used to move the qi and blood to clear obstructions and
stagnation in the body. When the body is affected by external pathogenic
factors, particularly cold it can restrict the flow of qi and blood.
In Chinese Medicine, when qi and blood do not flow, that is the cause
Sometimes the qi and blood of the body will flow counter to its normal
course, this can be the cause of many problems such as nausea, headaches
and even panic attacks. Moxa can rectify the course of qi and blood.
At the moment there are numerous studies into the use of Moxibustion,
the most popular of which is its ability to turn breach babies, preventing
the need for cesarean section.
will I feel?
The sensation will vary according to the method used.
However the main feeling will be of gentle gradual warmth. This can
spread and penetrate deep into the body. Sometimes the heat can build
up to be quite strong, and when it does, tell your practitioner or if
doing it yourself move on to the next point.
was given a Moxa Stick, now what?
Make sure you have something to put the moxa stick out
and something to deposit occasional ash. Ideally if you have a small
jar with salt or sand it to snuff out the moxa stick when you are done.
Now light one end of the moxa stick and hold it about 2cm away from
the area or points that your practitioner proscribed for you. If you
need a reminder of the points click here for some common acupuncture
Once you feel the area or point get hot, move the moxa stick away for
a few moments, maybe take the opportunity to tap the ash off, then apply
again for as many times your practitioner said. Usually 3 times. Once
done move to the next point or if done, make sure you extinguish
the moxa stick in the salt or sand. Moxa can seem to be put
out but still burn, so store your moxa in a place such as a jar that
is fireproof and not near anything that might catch fire. Leaving it
in a safe place, ready for use next time.
If you have any questions or feel unconfident contact your practitioner
or your practitioner can demonstrate again in your next session.
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