What is Moxibustion?
Moxa ( Moxibustion ) is the oldest Chinese therapeutic practice that in the beginning consists in burning dried powdered mugwort lives over certain body zones to facilitate healing. Later on, this heat therapy applied to the acupuncture points. This is very effective in diseases treatment as well as in increasing the general level of health and well-being. The combination of acupuncture and moxibustion technique reflects in the Chinese character for acupuncture. Translated it means ” acupuncture-moxibustion.
They are two ways to apply moxa: directly on the skin and indirectly above the body. Direct moxa is especially effective for chronic conditions and his ability to change the function of the organs. Small mugwort moxa cones are placed on the top of acupuncture points and burned. This is a very effective form of heat penetrated heat therapy. The patient will experience heating sensation but should not have any pain, blistering or scarring unless the mugged is left in place for too long. This technic will often speed significantly body recovery. Indirect moxibustion used moxa pole. After it is lit, its burning end is raised and lower above the skin, at a minimum distance of 1 inch from the body. It is also possible to apply the burning moxa stick around the handle of an inserted needle. The smokeless moxa stick is an alternative used to avoid mugwort’s smoke and odor.
A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association in 1998 found that in 75% of fetuses in a breech position fetuses rotated to normal position after their mothers received moxibustion treatment.According to the Chinese moxa practice, moxibustion may be very effectively be used for both chronic and acute conditions – neuralgia, numbness, cramps, chronic inflammation, rheumatism, asthma, arthritis, anorexia, help the muscles to heal, in some cases in the treatment of open-angle glaucoma, crossed eyes and many others. Moxa increase circulation of blood and Chi in the meridian system, lift the Spirit and is used in the Chinese Longevity programs.
Contraindications for Moxibustion:
Febrile diseases, malnutrition, generalized edema etc.