Moxibustion (part of Acupuncture)

This is the sifted fine moxa from original herb
This is the sifted fine moxa from original herb

Moxibustion is under acupuncture practice scope. The word “Acupuncture” is translated from Chinese words ” Zhen Jiu” , which actually comprises of two practices together: one by needle, one by moxibustion. Moxibustion is a traditional treatment method used for thousands of years in china.

Ways of Moxibustion

by igniting a

unique herb moxa (Moxa is the name of a special herb which has a unique characteristic of deep penetrating heat when ignited).  Sometimes other special herbs are added to the moxa   to treat particular health conditions.  Moxibustion has the following four main functions:

Moxibustion-Warm Channels and Disperse Coldness

It can warm the meridian channels and disperse coldness.  It is applied to conditions caused by cold-damp obstruction or cold evils.  Many clinical problems are caused by coldness or dampness, such as epigastric pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea or dysentery, any other local pain (neck, shoulder, back, knee etc ), and some other complicated manifestations that are caused by the nature of coldness and dampness.

GTA Pain Rehab Centre-moxa treatment
GTA Pain Rehab Centre-moxa treatment

Moxibustion -Support Yang to Rescue Collapse

The decline of yang gives rise to the domination of yin which may result in coldness, syncope or even a collapse.  This can be treated by moxibustion to warm and support the insufficient yang qi.  In practice, moxibution can be used to treat many diseases such as enuresis, prolapsed rectum, uterine prolapse, metrorrhagia, metrostaxis, and leucorrhea which are caused by insufficiency in the middle qi and the sinking or collapsing of the yang qi.

Moxibustion- Remove Blood Stasis and Stagnation

Moxibustion is able to invigorate qi movement, harmonize nutrient and defense mechanisms, resolve stagnancy in the body and stasis of the blood.   Therefore, moxibustion is often used for diseases caused by stagnation of qi and blood stasis which might cause various pain or accumulation such as swelling or pain due to injury after car accident or sports.

Moxibustion -Disease Prevention and Health Maintenance

Moxibustion has a strong effect on disease prevention and health maintenance .  It can be used

moxibustion using ginger - most traditional method
moxibustion – by

to boost the immune system of almost everyone.   It can help activate the genuine qi and supplement yang qi  to increase the vitality and prolong life.

The above information is provided by Ruth Liu (see her profile) -licensed TCM acupuncturist at GTA Pain Rehab Centre.  To book your appointment please call 416-800-7417