Moxibustion is a therapy in which a common chinese herb known as Mugwort is used. Their are many forms of "moxa" that can be used during treatment. Moxa is always warmed, which brings out it's many vibrant and healing properties. When moxa is warmed, it burns with an infra-red light. The frequency of this infra-red light is an extremely healing one. It is used to both treat and prevent diseases. The heat is applied to the moxa on various acupuncture points on the body depending on the treatment.
Now I am going to mention something about moxa that is the most fascinating to me. After burning moxa on the acupuncture point known as "ST 36", which is located on the lower leg, it actually triples the bodies white blood cell count! This happens within 10 minutes of burning the moxa on the point. This has been proven by a scientific study done in recent years. This also means that moxa is a powerful tool to use to increase the immune system. White blood cells are important in keeping our immune functions up and working properly. When our immune systems are down, our white blood cell count can be down. For instance, moxa has been used in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, were the white blood cell count is found to be extremely low.
Moxa's role in immunity is very fascinating, but their is actually another truly amazing thing it can do that not many people know about. It is used to treat breeched babies! When moxa is burned on an acupuncture point known as "UB 67", it can actually help turn the baby for proper delivery. This is so important for pregnant women to know, because this treatment could potentially save them from getting an unwanted C-section.
Treatment Can Come in Many Forms
Classification of moxa includes "direct moxa" and "indirect moxa". Direct moxa is placed directly on the acupuncutre point on the skin's surface. Indirect moxa is not placed directly on the skin. Indirect moxa includes some powerful and common insulaters, ginger, garlic, and salt. To describe this a little better, the insulater (let's say garlic), is put onto an acupuncture point on the body, and then moxa is burned on top of that. When used with ginger, it can treat weakness of the spleen and stomach causing diarrhea, abdominal pain, and painful joints. When used with garlic, it can treat scrofula, skin ulcers, and poisonouse insect bites. When used with salt, it can treat abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, hernias, cold limbs, and excess sweating.
What are the functions of moxibustion?
-warms the energetic meridians and pathways of the body
-increases circulation and the flow of energy and blood
-strengthens the body's "yang", which is important in many metabolic processes in the body
What can moxibustion treat?
-Low Immune Function
-Insect/ Snake Bites