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Moxibustion the No.1 Effective Boosting Yang Qi Therapy

Moxibustion(Moxa) is the Number One Boosting Yang Qi Therapy

Moxibustion is the heat energy generated by the burning of mugwort leaves. It can penetrate the body surface and reach the meridians.

Moxibustion is to adjust the physiological and biochemical functions of human body. It stimulates the activities of meridian qi, so as to achieve the purpose of preventing and curing diseases.

The primary herbs named Ai Ye, it’s called Artemisia argyi, Chinese mugwort, or sliver wormwood.

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Moxibustion-Pharmacological Effects of Mugwort

Artemisia argyi is bitter, warm, ripe and hot, pure yang in nature, able to regain the dead yang, pass the twelve meridians, moves in the three yin meridians. Artemisia argyi regulates qi and blood, dispels cold and dampness, warms the uterus, stops all blood, warms the middle and relieves depression, regulating menstruation and anti-fetuses.

Moxibustion can penetrate through the meridians and eliminate all diseases, it helps disease prevention and health care, longevity.

The whole plant of Artemisia argyi is used as medicine, and the shoots and seedlings are used as vegetables. Moxa leaves are dried and mashed to obtain “moxa”, which can be used to make moxa sticks for moxibustion, and can also be used as a raw material for “inkpad”.

In addition, the whole grass is used as insecticidal pesticide or fume is used as room disinfection and insecticide. Chinese mugwort is dried and crushed into mugwort powder, which is a high-quality feed additive for livestock and poultry, and can also be used as natural plant dyes.

The folks believe that wormwood also has the function of warding off evil spirits and recruiting one hundred blessings. During the Dragon Boat Festival, hanging wormwood on the door, bathing, and forming a custom along the border, thus became the custom of the Dragon Boat Festival.

It is recorded in the medical books of the past as “the essential medicine for hemostasis”, and it is also one of the commonly used Traditional Chinese herb in gynecology, especially for treating gynecological diseases of deficiency and cold.

When boiled and bathed, mugwort treats chronic bronchitis and asthma in the elderly. It can prevent infections of mothers and infants during the puerperium.

Or pharmaceutical pillows, medical vests, prevention and treatment of chronic bronchitis or asthma in the elderly, and stomachache of deficiency and cold.

Moxibustion Therapy Principal

The mechanism of action of moxa is similar to Acupuncture. It has complementary therapeutic effects with acupuncture. Acupuncture and Moxibustion can be combined using or separately technique.

Moxibustion is a burning mugwort leaves, which is placed on acupuncture points or specific parts on the body surface. The heat generated by the burning mugwort leaves can penetrate the body surface to reach the meridians. Like acupuncture, it is an activity that stimulates meridians. Moxibustion is a treatment method to adjust the physiological and biochemical functions of the human body to achieve a prevention and a treatment for diseases.

There are lots of symptoms and diseases can be relieved by moxibustion therapy. Read More details about what kind of people or diseases can be treated by moxa.

Moxibustion on Local Stimulation

It is the warm heat generated by moxa that stimulates the local area, causes local skin congestion, capillary expansion, enhances local blood and lymph circulation, relieves and eliminates smooth muscle spasm, strengthens local skin tissue metabolism, and promotes inflammation and adhesion, exudate, hematoma and other pathological products dissipate and absorb.

The warm heat generated by the moxibustion can also cause the diffusion of inhibitory substances in the cerebral cortex, reduce the excitability of the nervous system, and play a sedative and analgesic effect; at the same time, the warming effect can also promote the absorption of drugs.

Moxibustion follows Meridian Regulation

Human beings are a whole body. The five internal organs and the limbs are coordinated with each other. This coordinated relationship is mainly realized by the adjustment of the meridians.

When moxibustion is applied to acupuncture points, it affects its multi-level physiological functions. In this cyclic induction process, they produce mutual excitation, mutual coordination, and superimposed effects, resulting in a physiological amplification effect.

Meridians and collaterals have the function of storing drugs on the storage points of drugs. The physical and chemical effects of drugs stay in the acupoints for a long time or are released to the whole body to produce an overall regulating effect, so that the disease can be cured.

Moxibustion can Regulate Immunity

Many therapeutic effects of moxibustion are also achieved by regulating the immune function of the human body. This effect has the characteristics of two-way regulation, not only improving deficiency but also reducing excessive. In pathological conditions, this adjustment effect more obvious.

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Moxibustion – Radiation Effects

Physics tells us that the radiation is a process of energy outward diffusion in the form of electromagnetic waves or particles; any object above absolute zero in temperature emits electromagnetic radiation.

The radiant energy spectrum produced by the burning of mugwort is infrared, and near infrared is the main component. Moxibustion is applied to acupuncture points, and near infrared heat can better send energy to the lesion through the meridian system.

Near-infrared rays can stimulate the hydrogen bonds of biomolecules in the acupoints of the human body, and produce stimulated coherent resonance absorption effects, which transfer the energy required by human cells through the nerve and humoral system. The infrared radiation generated during moxibustion can be used for the metabolic activities of the body’s cells and immunity The function provides the necessary energy, and can also provide activation energy to diseased cells that lack energy.

Moxibustion – Another Modern Study

The methanol extract of the combustion product of moxa has the effect of scavenging free radicals and is stronger than the methanol extract of unburned moxa.

The lipid peroxide in the local skin of moxibustion is significantly reduced, and this effect is caused by the combustion products of moxa.

The burning of moxa not only did not destroy its effective medicinal ingredients, but strengthened it.

The anti-oxidant substances in the burning product of moxa stick to the skin at the acupoints and penetrate into the body by moxa heat.

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1. What is moxibustion good for?

Moxibustion not only cure diseases, but also prevent diseases. In ancient times, there was a method of first aid, which was used to provide first aid for collapse.

Moxibustion can help chronic diseases such as internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, and bone, muscle and fascia in our orthopedics department.

The heat energy of moxibustion can warm the veins, and dispel cold evil, and it has a significant effect on pain.

The heat energy of moxibustion can also strengthen the body, because of its effect of warming and dredging meridians, and the ability to enhance Yang Qi.

And moxibusiton therapy has no side-effect.

2. Does moxibusiton actually work?

Moxibustion refers to moxa cone d moxa stick made of wortwood which the moxa heat produced by burning stimulates acupoints or specific parts of the human body.

Adjusting the disordered physiological and biochemical functions of the human body by stimulating the activity of meridian qi, so as to achieve the purpose of disease prevention and treatment and cure.

3. When is the best time for moxibustion?

a) During the daytime

From 3:00 am to 9:00 am is a day of spring, called day spring time.
From 9:00 am to 3:00 pm is a day of summer, called day summer time.
From 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm is a day of autumn, called day autumn time.
From 9:00 pm to 3:00 am is a day of winter, called day winter time.

In the morning, 9am to 11am, yang energy of nature and the human body begins to rise. Moxibustion at this time can get twice the result with half the effort for yang energy arising.

Especially for people with yang deficiency and qi deficiency, such as those who are afraid of cold, often cold extremities, have low immunity,etc..

In the afternoon 1pm to 3pm, yang energy gentle getting down ready for night time sleeping. However it is also a good time for moxibustion therapy.

From 9am to 3pm, the yang Qi is the most vigorous in a day. Also the most vigorous and the metabolism of human body is vigorous. The result is better during the time.

b) During solar terms

There are also six nodes in the change of the six atmospheres, namely the Great Cold, the Vernal Equinox, the Little Man, the Great Heat, the Autumnal Equinox, and the Light Snow.

During the season of solar terms, the popularity also changes drastically, and the chance of qi stagnation is difficult.

Those who are weak are prone to illness, and even aggravate or relapse. To pass it requires yang fire from moxibusiton

So the week before and after the twenty-four solar terms is a good day for moxibustion, for disease prevention and keeping health which should not be missed.

c) During seasons

In Summer, especially the dog days, is the best time of the year when the Yang Qi is the most vigorous. At this time, the human body’s Yang Qi is the most vigorous and the metabolism is vigorous.

When the sun goes down, the heat of the earth rises, and the qi of heaven and earth meet up and down. The human body should follow the natural rule to nourish the yang.

During summer, moxibustion not only resist the heat and humidity in summer without getting sick, but also store yang energy for autumn and winter.

Therefore there is enough yang energy in winter to resist cold and damp air, improving disease resistance and reduce illness throughout the year.

In Winter, especially the coldest 27 days the year. During winter, yang energy is stored, qi and blood moveing slow, skin is dry, and pores are closed tight for keeping yang energy not be leaked.

Moxibustion can warm yang, replenish qi, and improve resistance.

People who doing moxibustion therapy every winter, especially in the most coldest 27 days, it can strengthen and consolidate the curative effect of moxibustion in summer.

4. Can I do moxibsution at home by myself?

People also hope to perform moxibustion at home to achieve the effect of healing or health care.

From using different moxibustion materials, utensils and moxibustion methods for different diseases to accurately selecting the appropriate acupoints and choose the quantity of the moxibusiton therapy is a highly professional method.

There are also risks of burns when people is self-moxibustion at home. Do not recommend it.

5. What is the difference between moxibustion and acupuncture?

First of all, the curative effect of moxibustion is very miraculous. Moxibustion therapy has a wide range of adaptations, and it was the main method for treating diseases in ancient China.

Moxibustion has the functions of warming yang and invigorating qi, dispelling cold and relieving pain, tonifying deficiency and solidifying detoxification, warming meridian and dredging collaterals, eliminating blood stasis and dissipating stagnation, and nourishing the middle and replenishing qi.

It can be widely used in internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, and ENT diseases, especially for mastitis, prostatitis, frozen shoulder, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical spondylosis, and diabetes, ect.

Moxibustion has an unexpected effect on the treatment of chronic diseases.

Secondly, moxibustion has a unique effect on health care. Using moxibustion to prevent diseases and prolong life has a history of thousands of years in China.

The moxibustion method is made of “wormwood”, which is known as “the king of all herbs” and “Huangyang grass”. Used in moxibustion, it has played a double combination of herbs and physical therapy.

The heat energy of moxibustion can reach every corner of the body, even the corners that cannot be reached by needles or herbs.

The moxa heat energy can stay inside helping circulation of the human body at least 2 hours.

And the moxa heat help to calm down and relax, it make the body easy to absorb the moxa herb heat energy.

Moxibustion is an external natural therapy without side effects.

Acupuncture uses needles to penetrate certain parts of the patient’s body to prick the nerves and cause local reactions, or stimulating to achieve the purpose activate the system.

Regulating qi and blood, making yin and yang return to a relative balance, and make the functions of viscera tend to be harmonious, so as to achieve the purpose of preventing and curing diseases.

It depends on the people at least has a strong qi in their body. Then this stimulation is effective by acupuncture.

For weak people, the side-effect is much more than the curing result. That is because they are already lack of yang energy, the insertion of the needle also make their yang energy leaked. So, they often feel tire after their treatments.

People are sensitive for pain, acupuncture is not a good therapy to choose. Because people who are frightened of needle, they would make the muscle tense. Tense muscle will block qi and blood flow. 

Those who are afraid of stinging pain can choose moxibustion therapy instead of acupuncture.

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