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Moxibustion And Acupuncture Are Often Used Alongside Each Other

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Moxibustion is often accompanied with acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). These two modalities are so intertwined with each other that in the Chinese language they referred to in one word, zhenjiu, zhen meaning needle and jiu meaning to burn. Recently, a new English word has been invented that contains these two words, acu-moxa.

Be that as it may, there are still innate differences between moxibustion and acupuncture in Encino that make it essential to view their beginnings from different perspectives.

A form of traditional Chinese medicine that remedies disorder and disease by vivifying the energy channels (meridians) and acupuncture points with heat, moxibustion has its roots directly associated with the discovery and application of fire by prehistoric man. All human being and animals dislike cold and incline towards warmth by instinct. This preference even extends to plants that display thermotoaxic or phototaxic qualties. Utilizing heat as a healing tool is universal, and this has been documented in several medical traditions including those of ancient Greece and Rome. Our prehistoric ancestors at some point in time found out about the usefulness of fire as a way to warm their bodies and to cook food. Eventually, they also discovered it can alleviate and even cure their illnesses.

When we are sick or in pain, we do not instinctively prick our bodies with needles as this may seem counterproductive. Most of us would rather avoid being pricked with needles, and we relate needling to injury and pain. A lot of animals and plants have instinctively gotten knowledge of this fact and so some of them have evolved quills or thorns as a way to defend themselves from predators. A certain level of physical trauma can come about from needling, and it does not matter how skilled or how extremely small or thin the needle the practitioner uses. Recently, there is a report showing that when a 0.2 mm diameter needle (the dimension of acupuncture needles used today) is stuck on a rabbit, 10 – 20 nerve fibers and 4 – 20 muscle fibers of the rabbit are damaged. The traumatic level was considerably higher during ancient times, when needles were significantly larger. Even less than ten decades ago, the size of the acupuncture needles used measured up to 2 mm in diameter.

One of the weirdest things about acupuncture is that the needles are often inserted distant and not on or near the part of the body that has a problem. It has been scientifically established that the direct use of warmth can alleviate local ailment. It has also been scientifically established why the need to bring about further trauma to an injured area is essential in certain situations, like when a broken bone must be put in place or when surgery is needed. But there seems to be no clear reason why acupuncture requires the sticking of needles into body parts distant from the site where the problem is. Acupuncture has one axiom that goes like this: To heal the upper, needle the lower. To relieve toothache, for example, acupuncturists usually use the Liver 4 (Li 4, Hegu) acupoint which is situated on the hand. Of course, newbies to the treatment would wonder what the hand has got to do with an aching tooth.

Acupuncture, admittedly, can sometimes be painful; nevertheless, it causes no lasting or significant injury when administered properly. A lot of people would be willing to brave the minor pain of needling in order to get rid of a bigger problem. Unfortunately, for some, acupuncture may seem really scary. This is especially true in Western societies where most people are ignorant of or misunderstand acupuncture. For example, the Encyclopedia Americana, a reputable source of information has an entry about acupuncture that contains a picture of more than 70 needles inserted into a man’s head. In real practice, an experienced and licensed acupuncturist would never needle in such an excessive and exaggerated manner.

Acupuncture is widely believed to have originated in China. The earliest mention of this treatment was a few hundred years just before the start of the Common Era. Sharpened bones and stones that date back to 6000 BCE are believed to have been used as instruments for acupuncture treatment. There are no treatment modalities matching or similar to it in the ancient healing traditions of other cultures. Today’s acupuncturists still manipulate needles in the same way and follow the same doctrines as their peers during the time of the Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor or Nei Jing, the earliest recorded document on acupuncture. Needling is still the main method used by acupuncturists despite the entry of non-invasive and painless techniques like point stimulation using shortwave or electricity or acupressure.

Written by Valerie

July 25th, 2017 at 6:01 am

Posted in Acupuncture