Dr. Brenda Yanofsky, EdD, LAc

Moxibustion

Moxibustion treats and prevents diseases by applying heat to points or certain locations on the human body. The term moxibustion is derived from Japanese (Moe Kusa) meaning, burning herb. The actual herb is Artemesia Vulgaris, (mugwort, Chinese wormwood). This herb is warm, bitter, and sharp in nature. These qualities indicate the yang nature of the herb and its ability to treat yang deficiencies. Moxa is available, does not flame, and can provide a temperature of 670 degrees centigrade. Recent scientific studies indicate the chemical richness of Moxa including vitamins A, B, C & D, protein, sodium, potassium, calcium, iron, aluminum, magnesium, adenine, and choline.

In China, the application of heat in conjunction with needling techniques has been documented for the last ten thousand years. Traditionally, the herb was picked before flowering, in the fifth lunar month and dried for three years. Sun-dried Moxa was considered to be more beneficial due to the added strength of the suns rays.

Indications for Moxibustion include the following:

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rheumatic pain
  • Sciatica pain
  • Vomiting

Moxibustion regulates the Qi in blood and opens the 12 primary meridian channels. It is utilized for bi-syndrome to expel coldness and dampness. The methods of moxibustion include moxacones (direct and indirect), moxisticks, moxiboxes, the warming needle technique and the heated needle technique. In the United States, non-scarring Moxa and indirect Moxa are used to avoid burns and scars. Approximately three to six cones of Moxa may be applied to a site with careful practitioner supervision.

Moxibustion is very helpful in preventing disease and keeping healthy. It is an excellent modality to provide relief from pain, fatigue, and chronic conditions.
An experienced practitioner incorporates this ancient Chinese method along with acupuncture.

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