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Moxibustion Medical Therapy - Let’s warm up our channels

"A disease that may not be treated by acupuncture, may be treated by moxibustion." -- Miraculous Pivot

The Chinese medical therapy called moxibustion warms areas of the body and can penetrate to the muscles, tendons and bones. In Chinese we say "Jui" for moxibustion. Moxibustion helps to relieve pain, stimulate blood circulation, relax muscles, and induce a healthier flow of chi, or energy. By warming and opening the channels and collaterals, it assists the body's natural healing processes.


Moxibustion therapy uses the herb, mugwort or Artemesia Argyi. The fuzz that grows on the underside of the mugwort leaf is made into moxa. The properties of moxa are bitter, acrid and warm. Acupuncturists and/or Chinese medical practitioners may use moxa directly on the skin and on top of needles. Most commonly, a roll of moxa, which can be smokeless, is held directly over an acupuncture point, causing the patient to experience a calming and warming sensation--never burning. 

Moxibustion is thought to predate acupuncture. As early as the discovery and use of fire, early man noticed that heat from their fires could be warming and curative. Before mugwort was chosen as the most effective substance for sustaining heat, hot stones or sand wrapped in animal skins may have been used for local hot compression.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), moxibustion is especially effective in the treatment of chronic pain conditions, weak immunity, low appetite, poor digestion, cold hands and feet, kidney failure, frequent urination, cold sensations, obstructed blood circulation, and various other health conditions. It is especially noted for its ability to help turn breech babies head down using acupuncture point UB67. Moxibustion treats and prevents diseases by applying the heat to acupuncture points. I have read that Chinese people use moxa on St36 daily to help prevent disease and maintain health. Remember, daily or weekly moxibustion over specific points can extend life by strengthening the patient's qi as well as digestive immune and circulatory systems.


Word to the Wise: Please always ask your patient if they have high blood pressure, high fever, excessive or deficiency heat, diabetes, functional heart problems, psychological problems, and ask women if they are pregnant. We never use moxibustion on these patients. We also want to avoid the face, large blood vessels area, mucus membrane locations, ears, nose, mouth, throat, anus and vaginal area. In addition, according to the classic text, there are some acupuncture points recorded to which we do not apply moxa (DU15 and Du16, for example).

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