What is moxibustion?
Moxibustion, a Chinese traditional medicine that combines heat with the application of moxa, (commonly known as Mugwort) has a history that is almost as convoluted as the therapy itself. While the origins of many traditional medicines cannot be pinpointed to specific dates and times, there are some references to the practice throughout the years. Understanding the historical timeline of this relatively unknown (outside of Asia) therapy is important for grasping the concepts of moxibustion.
1.Gold Moxa Cone 2. Moxa Roll 3. moxa mugwort
What exactly does the practitioner do?
In the U.S., practitioners generally hold a burning moxa stick close to, but not touching, the surface of the skin.
In this method, the moxa material is compressed into a stick or pole, looking not unlike an oversized cigar that can be lit and allowed to smolder, producing a unique form of very penetrating heat.
The smoldering moxa stick is held over specific areas, often, though not always, corresponding to certain acupuncture points. The glowing end of the moxa stick is held about an inch or two above the surface of the skin until the area reddens and becomes suffused with warmth.
How to moxibustion at home ?
1. Warm moxibustion should be moxibusted on the left and then on the right.
2. Buring one moxa stick and hold it moxibustion directly on the surface of skin (or place it in moxibustion box and adjust its height)
3. Warm moxibustion can be started if the temperature of palm test is moderate. (In general families, we recommend using hand-held moxibustion as far as possible to control temperature and prevent scald or excessive heat.)
4. Moving back and forth or fixed point is a freely selected method for moxibustion. When one hand holds the moxibustion stick, the other hand can be placed beside the moxibustion site to feel the temperature so as to make appropriate adjustments.
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