10. October 2019 · Comments Off on The Deep Relaxing Heat Therapy Of Moxibustion · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags:

In moxibustion therapy, acupuncturists will proceed to put blobs of moxa onto the tip of acupuncture needles stuck into selected acupuncture points in the body of the patient. The moxa is then light up. While this may cause some anxiety in patients, the ensuing warmth pervades deep into the body of the patient, replenishing his energy levels and relaxing his muscles.

As the needles cool down, it will feel like the concerns and stresses that had been bottled up inside that person have melted away.

If one continues receiving the therapy on a regular basis, he or she may eventually experience a very different type of heat that seems to get agonizingly hot.

That is a sign that your energy levels are reaching their optimum. You may recall the first time you you’ve received moxibustion – you were probably feeling damp and cold inside and it may have taken more than one lump of moxa on one needle for you to experience any warmth at all.

An integral branch of Walla Walla Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxibustion is a therapy that uses moxa derived from the mugwort plant. The mugwort is ripened and then mashed to a fluff by practitioners who compress and form into cones or balls of moxa.

The cones or balls are then directly placed on an acupuncture point or placed on the head of an acupuncture needle and burnt to generate penetrating and nourishing warmth, the same heat given to us by the sun.

Moxa may also be shaped into cigar like sticks that when lit, are used to heat up wide areas of the patient’s body. Basically, moxibustion is a deep relaxing heat therapy of Chinese Medicine. Direct moxibustion is one form of moxibustion that augments the efficacy of acupuncture especially when it’s administered on specific acupoints in conjunction with acupuncture. In Chinese Medicine, this is known as boosting the body or tonification. The extra heat manufactured provides patients with something “extra”. Hence, it is certainly beneficial for people who are suffering from depleted energy or are feeling run down.

The heat from the moxa produces a stimulating effect that also helps boost circulation. In Chinese medicine, this is known as movement of stuck energy or blood, or dispersal. This means moxibustion can be quite effective in addressing many of the various conditions attributed to women. Mugwort is also deemed an emmenagogue. This means this herb can stimulate the flow of blood to the uterus and pelvic region – hence, it definitely works for menstrual and gynecological problems.

Moxa generates a dry comforting heat much like the sun, which helps expel cold and dampness in the body, supports aging joints to fight against problems such as arthritis and rheumatism, and relieves pains and general aches.

30. May 2019 · Comments Off on Healthy Living Through Moxibustion, Acupuncture And Herbs · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , ,

When you hear the word acupuncture, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you say needles, then you are among the majority. The needles are the reason most people are reluctant to try acupuncture in Fremont. This is totally understandable. For me, one of my obstacles in studying acupuncture was my personal dislike of needles. From kid to adulthood, I had a fear of getting my blood drawn. My palms get sweaty whenever this epic moment comes. My insides get queasy and I start to take really deep breaths while telling myself “everything will be ok”. Fortunately, I have learned that the needles used in acupuncture are nowhere near the size of syringe needles. An acupuncture needle is almost the size of a stand of hair. To make up the shaft size of a syringe needle it would actually require a minimum of four acupuncture needles together. An acupuncture needle is a tool used not to pull blood out of the body but to help move your energy.

People who come for treatment on a regular basis, have come to understand this and have found they sometimes feel the discomfort as the needle is being inserted into their skin. They say the sensation feels like a quick pinch when they do feel it. They also say that the benefits they are gaining from acupuncture, greatly counterbalance the quick pinch and make another appointment.

Now that we have cleared that up, we could talk about more about how acupuncture can help you. As a human being, you are a ball of energy. Within your body, there are smaller circuits of energy that comprise the body moving and interacting. These meridians or energy circuits, make up a complex system that travels from the organs down to your arms and legs, across your face and skull up your torso and down your buttocks and back. They are basically everywhere. Along the meridians, we call specific points ‘acupuncture points’ or just acupoints. Your body may be prompted to eliminate stagnation by placing into a certain point a small pin allowing the energy of your body to decide what it needs, build energy of the meridian, and eliminate stagnation along the meridians. If your energy accumulates in one area or gets stuck in one area Your spirit, mind, or body may call out with anger, sadness, weight gain pain, tightness, inability to focus, weight gain, sadness, anger, etc.

Practitioners not only treat symptoms they also treat the underlying cause of the symptoms as well. They can do this due to an understanding of energy and because of the medicine’s nature. When the skin is pricked with a pin, it not just touches his body but also his spirit and mind.

The practitioner inserts the pin and you do the work. He does not make your body do what it does not want to. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, he is offering your body a suggestion. Acupuncture touches you in a deep yet gentle and lasting way.

We will use a certain point – the Zusanli or St 36 point to elucidate more. This acupoint located along the Stomach energy channel, known in English as “Leg Three Miles”, is not just used for constipation, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting, but also for someone who is having a hard time nourishing himself. They may help and take care of others consistently while not doing the same for themselves. A blockage along the meridian may be present if the meridian is too weak to move the energy or if there is stagnation. They may be stuck in life in other ways both physically & mentally which can manifest as cloudy thinking or extra weight. The Zusanli acupoint is “an amazing enriching and strengthening point for the Spirit, Body, and Mind.” When you are strong and grounded, you are able to properly derive nourishment and come back smoothly to yourself. You can eat and process foods in a healthy way when your stomach is strong. You may also be able take in information and process it with clarity. You may have one or more of these issues and let your body decide what it needs. The zusanli is an extremely potent acupoint that can be stimulated with either moxibustion or a pin.

An herbal heat therapy that is combined with acupuncture therapies, moxibustion is used to warm a meridian or an acupuncture point. It is greatly nourishing and helps build energy. Moxa refers to the actual herb used – mugwort, and the therapy. When dried, Mugwort, a common weed, is rolled into a cigar or small cones. This “cigar,” when lit, is placed above the skin along certain meridians to add and build warmth. Practitioners also use it to warm areas of the body, like the soles of the feet to warm the entire body after coming in from playing in the snow or the lower back for back pain associated with cold. Moxibustion is an ideal form of treatment for cold seasons. These days, moxa can come in pre-made cones and other shapes such as those that can sit on the needle or your skin. To help lessen the amount of smoke in the treatment room, there is even a “smokeless” type of moxa.

To help improve people’s health, practitioners may use moxa, acupuncture, and sometimes herbs. Lifestyle choices play an important role in health and therefore may be discussed between the practitioner and client after treatment sessions.

27. September 2018 · Comments Off on Moxibustion Treatment For Cold Conditions And For Severe Menstrual Bleeding · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When we think about Chinese medicine, we usually think of acupuncture. But even the Chinese term for acupuncture, “Shen Jiu”, literally means “Acupuncture and Moxibustion”.

In ancient China, it was rare that moxibustion wasn’t used when acupuncture therapy was performed. Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that involves burning of mugwort or moxa plant on certain acupuncture points.

These days, moxibustion therapy is usually combined with acupuncture with great success for diseases ranging from arthritis to bronchial asthma. The leaves of the mugwort plant are dried and burned through various methods.

The Moxa Stick

The most common way moxibustion is administered is to use a ‘moxa stick’ to bring about healing. The dried mugwort is tightly wrapped in paper into a cigar-shaped like stick. The moxa “cigar” can be used in three ways: it’s ‘pecked’ in a manner similar to a sparrow pecking at its food; rotated in circles; or held in one place over an acupuncture point. The practitioner uses his finger next to the acupoint being activated to preserve a pleasant level of heat and to shield the patient from burns by the smoldering moxa.

The practitioner holds the moxa stick about a half an inch from the skin, although this distance depends on the technique of the practitioner. Moxa sticks can be placed on the top of an acupuncture needle that has been inserted in the body or used on their own to activate the acupoint. This combined use of acupuncture therapy and moxibustion definitely boosts the healing power of the therapy.

The Uses of Moxibustion

Moxibustion is oftentimes used to address a yang energy deficiency in the body. Yang is the force that dictates warmth and movement, and yang deficiency leads to cold symptoms. The cold can manifest as coldness in the feet and hands or an overall feeling of coldness in the body. For deficient and weak patients, Chinese medicine practitioners choose moxibustion as main treatment since it literally increases yang energy in the body. A deficiency in Yang energy may also result in loose stools or incontinence, although the practitioner should carefully differentiate these symptoms as they may be caused by other factors.

Moxibustion is also widely known to help turn a breech baby. It is administered for 15 – 20 minutes each day on both feet of the outside edge of the pregnant mother’s little toes. When treatment commences in the 34th week of pregnancy, optimal outcomes are usually attained. Once the baby turns, the therapy should be discontinued. The increase of yang energy results in movement and the use of moxibustion is extended after that, it may result in the baby once again turning back to a breech position. For hundreds of years, it is a common practice for healers to use moxibustion to turn breech babies and since then, its success has been well known.

Other Types of Moxibustion

Heating Needle

The ‘heating needle method is an approach that uses dried mugwort rolled and set on the top end of an acupuncture needle. The mugwort is then set afire and burns slowly similar to a burning stick of incense. The heat moves through the acupuncture needle and penetrates into the body into the energy channel of the acupoint. This distribution of heat in the body is commonly used to instantly treat arthritic pain as well as in alleviating rheumatic pain in the joints and muscles.

Ginger Moxibustion

Another form of moxibustion therapy is called ‘Ginger moxibustion.’ It combines moxibustion’s healing power with that of one of the most popular herbs used in Chinese medicine: ginger. The practitioner cuts a thin slice of ginger, about one to two cm thick, and punctures it with tiny holes. Dried leaves of mugwort are then shaped into a cone the size of a navy bean. The practitioner then places the ginger on the bellybutton of a patient suffering from stomach pain or diarrhea. The cone is placed on the ginger and slowly lit with a flame. The ginger and flaming moxa stay on the belly button until the area turns red and the patient sweats. As the original burning cones are burned up, new cones are added. After five moxa cones are used up, the ginger slice should be changed. Ginger moxibustion can be used for the treatment of ailing joints and for addressing digestive problems.

Direct Moxibustion

Direct moxibustion therapy uses a small grain sized cone of dried moxa directly burned on the skin. To make sure the moxa cone sticks, the practitioner spreads vaseline on the skin and sets the cone aflame with the stick’s burning end almost touching the top of the cone until it catches fire. The practitioner uses tweezers to remove the cone when the heat becomes unbearably hot.

The common application of direct moxibustion is to stop severe menstrual bleeding. For this problem, moxa cones are applied to an acupoint at the corner of the big toe nail. To avoid blistering or scarring the skin, the practitioner only burns 67 percent of the moxa. This method can be repeated with three to five cones per toe. In most cases, direct moxibustion provides relief for patients where Western techniques fail to provide any remedy.

In moxibustion treatment for asthma, the cones are directly burned on the patient’s upper back. The cones are totally burned in order cause certain degrees of scarring for this treatment.

Direct moxibustion, while effective, is very seldom performed in the West since most practitioners prefer to treat specific points in the neck and upper back and areas with moxa sticks using a pecking motion.

Like acupuncture, moxibustion, is a varied and complex technique. Chinese medicine practitioners have a broad array of methods to choose from and will use the best techniques that suit their own style of treatment.

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22. March 2018 · Comments Off on Evidence Of The Efficacy Of Moxibustion And Acupuncture In Correcting Breech Baby Positions · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

A proper birth means the baby is born with first the head coming out. Breech baby is a condition in which the baby is positioned in the womb of the mother feet or bottom down instead of head down. About three to four percent of babies are in breech near the final phase of their mother’s pregnancy at about 37 weeks. Lot of breech babies turn around prior to or even during labor on their own. However, some breech babies need help in the turning process.

For hundreds of years, moxibustion has been documented and used by the Chinese although there are several various natural ways to turn a breech baby. Moxibustion is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that involves burning a moxa stick near an acupoint called Bl 67 found on the foot’s small toe. The following are some of the cases of breech babies treated with moxibustion and acupuncture.

Case 1

On a routine pregnancy examination of the 36th week of pregnancy, baby engaged and head down. Mother felt the strong movement of the baby four days later. Baby was found to be in breech upon check up on the 37th week. Mother became worried and anxious.

During this period, lots of baby movement was felt. But baby is unable to turn. During caesarean, the right ovary of the mother was found to have a grape fruit-sized pre-cancerous tumor which did not appear on any of the previous ultrasounds because of its position. The required medical intervention therefore was immediately performed. It appeared that the baby saved its mother’s life by “declining to turn”.

Treatment: Acupuncture relaxation therapy and moxibustion. Problem heating up both sides of Shi Yin acupoint; the session lasted over 40 minutes, taught for use at home, “Pelvic tilt position”.

Case 2

Baby was found to be in breech at 37th week of gestation.

Mother planned to have her birth done at home. She was very anxious since the breech baby implied that the baby would need to be born in the hospital and the physicians were now preparing for a caesarean delivery.

Mother had been doing self-therapies at home for the past five days two times a day and underwent two moxibustion treatments. She did one of the daily self-treatments by herself because her husband was only able to do the night treatment. Two days before consultation with the acupuncturist, the baby managed to turn but after less than a day reverted back to breech.

The mother complained of some pains around ribs under her breasts at the time of consultation. She also complained about discomfort when sleeping due to poor posture related to pregnancy.

Treatment: Moxibustion applied on both sides of Shi Yin acupoint, acupuncture relaxation therapy. Decreased home self-treatment to once per day and only to be performed by her husband, after moxibustion she performed “pelvic tilt position” taught by her acupuncturist. After treatment at the clinic, the baby turned and stayed in the right position. Mother was happy and relaxed. The mother had a natural birth at home and the baby was well.

Case 3

At the last week of gestation baby was found to be in breech. The baby turned prior to labor with a treatment in the clinic. The mother gave a natural birth to her baby and both are well.

Case 4

Baby was found to be in breech during consultation exactly a week before due date. Ultrasound was scheduled before day of delivery to determine if a caesarean is required.

Examination of the mother indicated to use of moxibustion treatment.

Treatment: five to ten minute of moxibustion on both sides of Shi Yin acupoint. The Fremont acupuncturist taught the mother moxibustion self therapy which she did everyday at home. She was also taught “Pelvic tilt position” which she performed everyday at home after moxibustion. Three days later, the baby turned. He was ten days past his due date but nevertheless, was born naturally. Both baby and mother were well.