Moxibustion Treatment

Moxibustion is the technique of burning moxa wool above the body.

The burning moxa produces varying degrees of heat depending on the application and is used to warm the uterus; warm the spleen and stomach to remove stagnation; regulate menstruation; stop bleeding; or calm a fetus. It may be used as part of your treatment program, depending on your symptoms or health conditions.

How Moxibustion Works

The acrid odor of moxa travels throughout the meridians to regulate Qi (energy) and blood, expelling cold from the meridians. Cold and/or heat affects the flow of Qi in the body. Cold slows down or stagnates Qi, while heat quickens Qi. When Qi or blood stagnates, the result is pain. Removing stagnation will relieve the pain. Moxibustion reduces pain by warming the meridians, breaking up stagnation and promoting Qi and blood flow. Moxa is used to maintain health, prevent disease, relieve pain and invigorate the blood.

Functions of Moxibustion

1) To warm meridians and expel cold.

Abnormal flow of qi and blood in the body is usually resulted from cold and heat.?Cold causes slow flow of even stagnation of qi, and heat results in rapid flow of qi. Normal heat activates blood circulation and cold impedes its smooth flow.?Since stagnation of qi and blood is often relieved by warming up the qi, moxibustion is the right way to generate the smooth flow of qi with the help of the ignited moxa wool. In chapter 75 of miraculous pivot it says, “if stagnation of blood in the vessels cannot be treated by warming-up with moxibustion, it cannot be treated by acupuncture.” In chapter 48 of miraculous pivot it states, “depressed symptoms should be treated by moxibustion alone, because depression is due to blood stagnation caused by cold, which should be dispersed by moxibustion.” It is easy to understand that moxa functions to warm up the meridians and promote blood circulation. Therefore, it is mostly used in clinic to treat diseases caused by cold-dampness and persistent diseases caused by pathogenic cold penetrating into the deep muscles. electrical resistance, might be slightly more sensitive to touch or might lie near major nerve pathways. But scientists don’t know the significance of these characteristics.

2) To induce the smooth flow of qi and blood.

Another function of moxa is to induce qi and blood to flow upward or downward. For example, moxa is given to k1 to treat the disorders caused by excess in the upper part and deficiency in the lower part of the body and liver yang symptoms due to upward flowing of yang qi so as to lead the qi and blood to go downward. In chapter 64 of miraculous pivot, it is pointed out that “when there is an excess of qi in the upper portion, needling the point in the lower portion.” If the disorder is due to deficiency in the upper portion and excess in the portion of the body and due to sinking of qi caused by prolapse of uterus, prolonged diarrhea, etc, yang qi to flow upward.

3) To strengthen yang from collapse.

Yang qi is the foundation of the human body. If it is in a sufficient condition, a man lives a long life; if it is lost, death occurs. Yang disorder is due to?excess of yin, leading to cold, deficiency and exhaustion of the primary qi characterized by a fatal pulse. At reinforce yang qi and prevent collapse. In chapter 73 of miraculous pivot it says, “deficiency of both yin and yang should be treated by moxibustion.”

4) To prevent disease and keep healthy.

In Precious Prescriptions appears the following description: “anyone who travels in the southwest part of China, such as Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, should have moxibustion at two or three points to prevent sores or boils and to avoid pernicious malaria, epidemic diseases and pestilence.” It is often said, “if one wants(S36) to be healthy, you should often have moxibustion over the point Zusanli(S36).” In Notes on Bian Que’s Moxibustion, it says, “when a healthy man often has moxibustion to the points of Guanyuan(Ren4), Qihai(Ren 6) Mingmen (Du 4) and Zhongwan(Ren 12), he would live a very long life, at least one hundred years’ life.” Clinical practice has proved that moxibustion is very much helpful in preventing disease and keeping healthy.

Practitioners may use acupuncture needles made of various materials in combination with moxa, depending on the direction of qi flow they wish to stimulate.