January 11, 2009
Moxabustion treatment takes very many forms -
Sometimes Moxa is used to warm up a part of your body that is suffering from diminished circulation, and is cold. If a part of your body is chronically deprived of blood circulation, the tissues there will become malnourished and toxic. This situation will prevent injured tissues from healing, and often will result in chronic pain. Moxa therapy can help with this.
Sometimes, a person might have a systemic imbalance that results in a long-term illness, such as infertility, Fibromyalgia, Asthma, IBS, Diabetes, or other “Mystery diseases” that are not effectively treated by Western Medicine. It is possible that regular Moxa/Acupuncture treatments could help with these kinds of conditions.
Moxa therapy is often useful for conditions that do not respond well to other forms of treatment - serious injuries such as cuts and post-surgical problems, injuries from car accidents, menstrual disorders, thyroid disorders, and many others…
How is Moxa used?
One way is by using Moxa to heat up an area of your body, with what is called a “Moxa Box”. this is often used on the abdomen or low back. It is a way to bring circulation to a large area of your body. Most people find this type of moxa treatment to be very pleasant.
Indirect Moxa is done by using Moxa to heat either Acupuncture points or areas with Moxa to bring circulation to an area, or to disperse stagnation from an area. This is often done with a “Moxa Stick” - moxa is rolled up into a paper, similar to a cigar, and one end of it is lighted and used to warm a point or area. This is also usually experienced as a very nice form of treatment. There are many other ways to do indirect moxa treatments, as well.
Direct moxabustion is a treatment that has been preserved especially through Japanese and Korean lineages. Direct Moxabustion is so highly esteemed in Japan that it is a separately-licensed medical practice there. My Teacher, Masahiro-Nakazono Sensei, was a specialist of this kind of medicine, and taught this form of treatment as a part of our curriculum at the Kototama Institute.
Some people love this kind of treatment - some do not like it for various reasons. It is often so therapeutically valuable, though, that even if people do not like the sensation of it, the results are worth the minor discomfort that might be experienced.
Another form of moxa treatment is called “Moxa Needling”, and is done by placing a small amount of moxa on a needle inserted into an acupuncture point, and then burned to warm up the needle and the point. I use this form of treatment a lot - I find it to be very effective for a wide variety of conditions. Generally, I find that most people really enjoy the experience of this kind of moxabustion.
These are only some of the ways in which moxa is used therapeutically, but this overview will give you an idea of the range of application of moxa treatment.
When a person comes to see me, I will do a very comprehensive evaluation of their condition, and then decide on a treatment strategy (selected from the variety of techniques of my training) to apply what seems to be the best treatment for that person at that time. I will generally do some combination of manual therapy, acupuncture, and moxabustion in the course of any given treatment, often combined with some recommendations for treatments that can be done at home to supplement the treatment in my office.
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Ed Antkowiak, L.Ac. - Seattle Acupuncture and Professional Education
January 11, 2009
Moxabustion is a therapeutic treatment from Asia that is almost unheard of in America. It is one of the most powerful treatments practiced by Acupuncturists, however. In fact, in the Chinese language, the term for Acupuncture is “Zhenjiu”, which could be translated as “Acupuncture/Moxabustion”. In the traditions of Asian Medicine, Moxabustion treatment is considered as inseparable from acupuncture as a branch of medical treatment.
Moxabustion or Moxa treatment is widely practiced throughout Asia and the world, but for various reasons it is not known much in the US.
Some sources say that moxa treatment is actually older than acupuncture, being referenced in Chinese medical classics more than 300 years before Acupuncture is discussed.
Moxa treatment is done in very many ways in many different cultures, and this kind of treatment is very effective for a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. Moxa is a very versatile treatment - it can be used to affect blood circulation, hormonal imbalances, pain of all kinds, immune disorders, and many other internal imbalances.
Ed Antkowiak of Hibiki Natural Therapeutics has studied and practiced Moxa treatment for over 25 years, and is a specialist of this kind of treatment. I was originally trained by a Japanese teacher who was a specialist of Moxabustion treatment, among very many different fields that he excelled in. I have used Moxa treatment over the years to treat many people for many different kinds of conditions, from breathing problems and allergies, to digestive problems, menstrual disorders and fertility issues, and musculoskeletal problems.
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