According to Yolanda Wang, the founder and acupuncturist of Aicare Moxa, traditional moxa therapy, also known as moxibustion, holds significant value for individuals residing in damp environments. She emphasizes the importance of this treatment, considering it akin to bringing the sun to the earth. In ancient China, moxa was referred to as the "Sun on earth."
History of moxa therapy
Moxa therapy has a rich and extensive history, evolving alongside the discovery and utilization of fire by human beings. In ancient times, people maintained a close bond with fire, incorporating it into their daily lives. Whenever they felt discomfort or experienced coldness in their bodies, their natural instinct was to seek warmth by drawing near to the fire. Interestingly, they noticed that accidental burns from the fire provided relief for certain ailments, alleviating pain.
Over time, these observations were passed down through generations, leading to continuous refinement and the development of moxa therapy as a form of alchemy for healing various diseases. It garnered immense popularity among the people and became an integral component of ancient Chinese medicine. Notably, moxa therapy stands out due to its distinctive features: it does not require the ingestion of medicines, eliminates the need for chemical substances, sidesteps the occurrence of side effects, and embodies a green, original, organic, and ecologically friendly therapeutic approach.
So what exactly is moxa therapy?
Moxa therapy, rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, encompasses the practice of burning mugwort herb (Artemisia vulgaris) in close proximity to specific acupuncture points on the body. The dried mugwort is typically processed into compressed sticks or cones, which are ignited and held near the skin without direct contact. It is believed that the therapeutic effects of moxa therapy are attributed to the heat produced by the burning herb.
The application of moxa therapy aims to stimulate blood circulation, alleviate pain, and enhance the immune system. By targeting specific acupuncture points, the heat generated by the burning mugwort is thought to facilitate the flow of vital energy (qi) in the body, promoting balance and well-being. If the therapist understands how to utilize the characteristics of moxibustion to target specific health issues, the treatment effects can be remarkably significant.
Moxibustion is often used in combination with acupuncture, but it can also be used as a standalone treatment. The practice has been used for thousands of years in China and other parts of Asia to treat a variety of conditions such as menstrual cramps, arthritis, digestive disorders, and respiratory problems. Today, moxibustion is becoming increasingly popular in Western countries as a complementary therapy for chronic pain and other health issues.
When we burn the moxa stick towards specific acupoints, the heat along with the essence of moxa will stimulate the body, specific acupoints and the meridians. The activity of the meridian qi (vital energy) can adjust the physiological and biochemical disorder or malfunctions of the human body, so as to achieve the purpose of curing and preventing diseases.
Unhealthy lifestyles, characterized by irregular sleep and diet, high levels of stress, and difficulties in self-regulation, often result in the accumulation of excessive Yin and negative energy within the body. Moxibustion, known as the "Sun on earth," proves to be an effective method in assisting the expulsion of Yin, cold, dampness, and negative energy from the body. Individuals who have undergone moxibustion treatment for a certain duration commonly report a rejuvenated physical energy, a healthier complexion, and notable improvements in their mental well-being.
What makes moxibustion therapy so unique?
The burning of moxa produces energy of pure Yang nature. In ancient China, moxa was referred to as the "Sun on earth." According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Yang Qi (Yang vital energy) serves as the foundation of life. However, in modern times, various environmental factors, social and economic pressures, and unhealthy lifestyles contribute to an excessive buildup of Yin Qi (Yin vital energy) within individuals. The imbalance between Yin and Yang gives rise to a range of health issues, such as persistent fatigue, overweight/obesity, and various chronic diseases. In such cases, moxibustion serves as an effective approach to help individuals expel Yin Qi, including dampness, cold energy, and negative energy, from their bodies. As a result, after a period of receiving moxibustion treatment, people often experience increased energy, enhanced vitality, a healthier appearance, and significant improvement in their physical conditions.
People often wonder how the Yang Qi of moxa can balance the Yin Qi of the body. The reason lies in the unique properties of moxa when it is burned. The essence of moxa contains only positive electrons, unlike other materials that possess both positive and negative electrons. Consequently, the positive energy generated by burning moxa is unparalleled compared to other heat-generating substances. Additionally, when moxa burns, it emits special short infrared rays that have a penetration capacity 3-4 times greater than ordinary long infrared rays. The continuous burning and transmission of moxa's fiery heat allow the pure Yang Qi to penetrate the body, reach areas affected by illness, dissolve blockages, and automatically adjust the balance of Yin and Yang within the body. This is why moxa can stimulate the activation of cellular immune responses, enhance the functions of internal organs, strengthen Yang energy, promote metabolism, stimulate antibody production, and ultimately improve overall immunity.
Moxa therapy offers various functions and indications, including:
Rejuvenation and regulation of the body: Moxibustion helps regulate essential bodily functions such as blood pressure, breathing, pulse, heart rate, nervous system activity, blood vessel health, blood calcium levels, and the endocrine system.
Enhanced immunity: By dispelling wind and coldness from the body, moxibustion contributes to strengthening the body's defense function and boosting immunity.
Promotion of blood circulation and removal of stasis: Moxibustion therapy improves blood circulation and helps eliminate stasis, thereby benefiting overall cardiovascular health. It has been observed to significantly increase the levels of white blood cells, hemoglobin, red blood cells, and platelets.
Cholesterol reduction: Moxibustion has shown potential in reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
Hematological benefits: It can slow down the erythrocyte sedimentation rate and shorten blood coagulation time, contributing to improved blood health.
Treating specific conditions: Moxibustion has been found beneficial for heart-related conditions, cerebrovascular issues, shock prevention, infection management, cancer support, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, scleroderma, bronchial asthma, tuberculosis, and cases of immunocompromised hepatitis B.
Obstetrics and gynecology: Moxibustion is utilized in consolidating Chong Ren (a concept related to the uterine environment) and reversing abnormal fetal positioning. It can aid in the treatment of various obstetric and gynecological conditions caused by an unconsolidated Chong Ren or abnormal fetal position.
Pain relief: Moxibustion is commonly employed to alleviate pain, particularly chronic pain associated with conditions like arthritis, muscle soreness, and menstrual cramps.
Stress and anxiety reduction: Moxibustion has a calming effect on the nervous system, assisting in the reduction of stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression.
Modern Technique Moxibustion is an advanced approach that incorporates both near-infrared and far-infrared therapy into traditional moxa therapy techniques. It is characterized by its smokeless nature, gentle therapeutic effects, and lack of time restrictions (treatments can be conducted after evening hours). Additionally, when combined with a 15-minute Chinese herbal foot soak and 30-minute back massage, it can help achieve complete relaxation of the body and mind.
Moxibustion, an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, has been widely appreciated for its unique healing effects. Among its variations, handcrafted moxibustion has won increasing favor for its humanistic care and profound therapeutic effects. Let's explore the three main benefits of handcrafted moxibustion:
Transfer of positive energy: The therapists practicing handcrafted moxibustion transmit their positive energy to the client. They are not just practitioners, but are people who routinely cultivate their mind and spirit with a heart full of care. While undergoing the moxibustion treatment, you can feel the deep compassion and care of the therapist, a sensation that is as comforting as warm sunlight, bringing immense emotional comfort and satisfaction.
Wonderful experience: When the heat from handcrafted moxibustion flows above your skin, you will have a very wonderful and comfortable experience. This experience comes from the unique aroma of the slow-burning moxa herb and the subtle stimulation of the heat flow, allowing your body and mind to get deep relax and nourishment.
Enhanced penetration: Another important advantage of handcrafted moxibustion is its stronger acupoint penetration. Therapists accurately select and apply moxibustion to appropriate acupoints according to the client's specific conditions, allowing the heat to penetrate deeper into the body, thus providing a more potent therapeutic effect.
Handcrafted moxibustion not only provides deep therapeutic effects, but also brings an extremely comfortable experience and deep affection. Experience handcrafted moxibustion, let our therapists help you regain health and vitality with their professionalism and care!