Moxibustion

 Jade Mountain Health practices moxibustion is the burning of the herb, Mugwart,
 Jade Mountain Health practices moxibustion is the burning of the herb, Mugwart,

 

Moxibustion is the burning of the herb Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort) on an acupuncture point and though other herbs are employed Mugwort is most widely used. The heat stimulates the tissues and by action on the channels can regulate the Qi and Blood and is, therefore, a method of curing disease.

Moxibustion according to ancient doctors has some of the following uses

Warm the channels and scatter the cold: The “Ling Shu Tsu Chieh Yeh Pian” Says: “When the blood in the vessels freezes, it does not move. Without using fire to regulate, results cannot be achieved”. The “Chin Fu Pian” says: “If Qi and Blood are in poor condition, Qi will not be strong enough to push the Blood in normal circulation, and the coldness will cause the stasis of Blood (for example: joint soreness and pain are caused both by cold weather and air conditioning). In these conditions, moxibusition treatment is necessary. Thus we know that we can use the heat of moxibustion to penetrate the skin, warm the channels and move the Qi. In addition, Mugwort in a decoction can open the channels and get rid of cold and dampness. These medical properties add to its ability to perform these functions when burned over the skin.

Support the Yang and Consolidate the Vital energy: The Yang is the basis for the metabolism in the body. If the yang is weak, the Yin will be excessive; the symptoms are cold, numbness and even coma. Clinically, we can use moxibustion to warm and tonify in the condition of vanquished Yang. The “Shang Han Lun” says: “If the patient has diarrhea, cold and numb hands and feet and no pulse, use moxa”. It also says: “If the disease is in the Shao Yin with vomiting, diarrhea, cold hands and feet, fever and no pulse, moxa the Shao Yin channel seven Zhuangs.” Thus we can conclude that when external cold enters the body, causing crisis such as the sinking of Yang Qi, we should use moxibustion as quickly as possible.

Transport the Qi and Blood: The Ling Shu Kuan Neng Pian” says: “When Qi in the upper portion is insufficient, the therapeutic method is to push the flow of Qi and make Qi strong. When Qi in the lower portion is not enough, one must accumulate Qi and keep Qi in good condition.” Because moxibution can move the Qi and invigorate blood circulation when the Yang is weak, moxa at Zhu San Li (ST36) or Yung Chuan (K1) can accumulate enough Qi and keep Qi in good condition. This will support sinking Qi problems such as prolapse of the rectum, uterus, and correct chronic diarrhea. Moxa at Bai Hui (GV20) to raise Yang Qi. If there is an oppressive feeling in the chest due to a deficiency of vital energy of the Middle Burner, Moxa at Wu Chu will tonify the middle burner and Yang Qi.
To prevent disease: The “Chien Chin Fang” says: “If you travel on the Wu, Shou area, first you must Moxa two or three points then all the poisons will not invade your body. The “pien Chueh Hsin Shu” says: “Moxa Guan Yuan (CV4), Qi Hai (CV6), Ming Men (GV4), frequently and you will have a long life.” A proverb says to moxa Zhu San Li (ST36) frequently and you will prevent all illness. One recommendation for those who frequently catch colds is Moxabustion at Da Zhui (GV14). As you can see Moxa has a long history of use for many conditions as well as prevention of disease and longevity.