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Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a medical procedure where a Doctor of Oriental Medicine will apply a substance called moxa to a specific area of the body. Mugwort also known as Folium Artemisiae Argyi is one example of this. Moxa can also be made from a blend of other medicinals. There are several different varieties available from the pharmacy as well as custom made varieties made by your physician. This modality of Oriental Medicine is very effective for treating a wide range of medical conditions. Moxibustion is a very complex modality in the field of Oriental Medicine and should only be administered by a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. 

Listed below are a few basic examples of how moxa is administered.

 

1.            Administering (indirect moxa) with the use of fire

                This medical procedure means the Doctor of Oriental Medicine will ignite the moxa and

                the moxa is applied in a way where it does not make a direct contact with the skin.

                 Example:

                A. The moxa is ignited and held over a specific area of the body

                B. The moxa is ignited and placed on top of an acupuncture needle

 

                C. The moxa is ignited and placed on top of different substances and then placed at

                     specific locations on the body.  These substances are usually sliced or powdered,

                     mixed into a paste and formed into a small cake about the size of a quarter. Listed

                     below are a few substances that are commonly used.                                      

 

                  Powered/Ground              Sliced/Mashed                      Other                     Mixing Liquids                   

                       Fu Zi                                  Cong Bai                          Salt                            Water 

 

                    Bai Hu Jiao                       Dan Dou Chi                       Wheat                         Wine

 

                     Chuan Jiao                       Bi Ma Ren                          Soy Bean                   Vinegar

 

                     Ba Dou                             Fu Zi                                    Egg Shell                 Ginger Juice

 

                     Cang Zhu                        Ginger                                  Peach Leave            Garlic Juice

 

                     Xiang Fu                          Garlic                                    Rice Paper            Scallion Juice

 

                                                                                                         (soaked in cow’s milk)

                                                                                             

 

2.            Administering (Direct Moxa) with the use of fire

                This medical procedure means the Doctor of Oriental Medicine will ignite the moxa  and the moxa is

                applied directly to the skin. Direct moxa is  further categorized into 2 modalities.                                          

             

                A. Non-scaring Moxibustion

               Example: A Doctor of Oriental Medicine will place a small amount of moxa directly on

                the skin and ignite it.  When the moxa burns down and starts to get hot it is quickly

                removed.

                

                B. Scaring Moxibustion

                Example: A Doctor of Oriental Medicine will place a small amount of moxa directly on the

                the skin and ignite it. This will be left in place until it burns itself out on the skin.  There

                are 2 general categories this procedure falls into. One will leave a temporary scar, the

                second will leave a permanent scar.              

 

3.            Although some of these medical procedures may sound a bit scary or painful to Westerners, they

               are very effective when properly administered by a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

              

 

 


 

               

 

 

 

        

            

 

 

        

         

 

 

 

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