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Moxibustion Therapy To Warm And Heal The Body

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After the acupuncturist in Bellmore inserts needles into carefully chosen points, he proceeds to put blobs of moxa on the upper tip of needles and then lit each of the needles. While it was quite alarming to be turned into the equivalent of a birthday cake, the ensuing heat penetrated deep into my body, rejuvenating my energy levels and relaxing the muscles.

As heat from the moxibustion therapy cooled down, it was as if the concerns and stresses that had been bottled up inside me had gone away.

Much later, almost a year of monthly treatments, it told a rather different story. The patient lit the moxa sticks and I immediately realized that her treatment was using a very different kind of heat, getting towards being uncomfortably hot.

When I talked about this to Rose, she told me it was a sign that my energy levels were nearing peak levels and that I was getting better, physically, mentally, spiritually. The first time she remembered, she was treated with moxibustion – she was damp and so cold inside that she was treated with three lumps of moxa on the same needle in order to feel any warmth at all.

Moxibustion is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which utilizes moxa made from the herb, mugwort. The mugwort is aged and then ground to a fluff which practitioners compress into a ball or form into cones.

They are then placed on the needle or directly on the acupuncture point and burnt to produce a nourishing, penetrating warmth similar to the heat from the sun.

Moxa can also be formed into larger cigar-like sticks which when lit are used to heat up larger areas of the patient’s body. Moxibustion is essentially the relaxing deep heat treatment of Chinese Medicine.

When applied to specific acupuncture points in combination with acupuncture, direct moxibustion enhances the effect of acupuncture. In Chinese Medicine, this is known as tonification – boosting the body. The extra heat generated is a mean of providing patients with something “extra”. Therefore, it is especially effective for people who are suffering from energy depletion or feeling run down.

The heat generated by moxibustion has a stimulating effect that can help increase circulation. In Chinese Medicine, this is known as dispersal – movement of stuck energy or blood or. Therefore, moxibustion very much works in treating a wide variety of problems, this may also be peculiar for some women. It is mugwort is widely known as an emmenagogue – which is something that activated the flow of blood the uterus and pelvic area. Hence it is specifically useful for menstrual and gynecological problems.

Moxibustion created a dry comforting dry heat that helps remove cold and dampness in the body, relieving general pains and aches and encouraging aging joints to combat problems such as arthritis and rheumatism.

Written by Valerie

May 28th, 2019 at 8:37 pm

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