Heat Sensitive Moxibustion

Moxacology – Heat Sensitive Moxibustion

Moxibustion is an ancient form of treatment within the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system which involves the combustion of the herb Artemesia argyi (Chinese Mugwort, “Aiye”) over the surface of the skin. This therapy has been used to treat and prevent disease in China for thousands of years. The classic texts of TCM have numerous references to the legendary effects of moxibustion to treat incurable diseases. However, modern day application of moxibustion is not very prominent, even in China. Practitioners are not reaching the results the ancients of China were achieving and thus moxibustion is not as emphasized in Chinese Medicine training and practice. This elicits an obvious question: Why? What are we doing different and are we missing an essential component of understanding when it come to moxibustion therapy.

Why Moxibustion is as important as Acupuncture

1. What is the difference between Acupuncture and Moxibustion? Acupuncture can only assist the flow of Qi through meridians, but not replenish original Qi and yang, whereas moxibustion has effects in both aspects. Though there are reinforcing and reducing methods in Acupuncture, it only works for non-excessive and non-deficient conditions; on the other hand, moxibustion …

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Changing the TCM Landscape with Heat Sensitive Moxibustion

Moxibustion has been a long standing technique in traditional Chinese medicine(TCM). In fact the translation of acupuncture in mandarin includes moxibustion, they are one in the same; however this important technique has often been over simplified and pushed to the fringe especially in the West. Typically moxibustion is seen as a smelly and inconvenient therapy …

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