History of Traditional Herbs (Mugwort) in Moxibustion Therapy
Mugwort: The King of Traditional Herbs (艾是百草之王)
Documented in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)‘s journal, Chinese mugwort (Artemisia Argyi) through moxibustion has provided for a therapeutic effect for hundreds of ailments and conditions. Mugwort contains essential oils (such as cineole, or wormwood oil, and thujone) with healing properties and is widely used in traditional Japanese, Korean and Chinese therapy for moxibustion treatment to treat a variety of health ailments.
All Natural Traditional Moxibustion Therapy
The loss of vitality and energy replenishment as one ages is usually the period when ailments begin to surface and appear in the body. The use of mugwort has the therapeutic effect of improving one’s condition via the herbal essence of mugwort and heat generated through traditional moxibustion treatment. Health maintenance, “preventing illness before it shows its symptom” is thus the core essence in moxibustion theory.
Throughout centuries, TCM practitioners has advocated the benefits of moxibustion in improving blood circulation, improving vitality, reduce dampness and colds in the body to improve the general well being and health.
Moxibustion that is used in traditional Chinese medicine uses a little herb mugwort to promote healing. In the treatment, the nature of the heat is used to produce a range of thermal stimulation effect. Base on the kind of ailment, this treatment is applied to specific acupressure points on your body for maximum therapeutic effects. The goal of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood circulation, enhance vitality, stimulate the flow of “Qi as well as maintain good health.
Benefits of Moxibustion
Moxibustion treatments is used for a variety of health problems. Because moxibustion is hot and dry, it is used in a number of health problems, where there are gaps in the energy or flow of ‘qi’. It has proven to be useful in the treatment of arthritis conditions and joint pain related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It is also well documented in resolving the issue of women’s health including polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), infertility, as well as menstrual cramps or dysmenorrhea.
This technique helps to boost the white blood cells, hemoglobin, red blood cells, and the general blood circulation. The technique is used for muscle relaxation, pain reduction, and relieving menstrual pain and relieving stress.
Moxibustion can also provide a therapeutic relief for conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, stomach, depression, and digestive problems. The therapy is useful in the treatment of diseases including CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), and other proven Digestive enzymes related difficulties. It is also useful in improving a poor motility of sperm and impotence also as well as various aliment such as insomnia, lower back pain or sciatica, migraine and tension headache.
Moxibustion Principle: Conditioning Health by Enhancing Vitality
From ancient times, imperial physicians have documented: Vitality and energy decreases as one reaches the age of 40 and onwards. Enhancing vitality and energy replenishment is thus vital from the age of 30 onwards to ensure a healthy body and general well being till old age.
During the Song dynasty, traditional moxibustion is widely practiced to increase vitality and blood circulation to maintain a healthy body. Moxibustion is commonly used for:
- Prevention of illness by maintaining overall well-being of body (for those with no ailments)
- Provides a gradual therapeutic remedy for those with existing ailments
Moxibustion is renowned for the treatment of diseases by controlling the energy imbalance forces in the body. When there is a balance of energy in the body, good health is maintained. In fact, the therapy uses a century old TCM principle based on the System of Meridians to support healing.
Moxibustion uses heat applied to the body’s acupuncture points with moxa sticks (infused with mugwort and herbal properties) that are specially prepared to include therapeutic and fragrant essential oils to enhance the medical effects of heat generated through the therapy. A moxa stick is held by the moxibustion therapist above the body to provide a thermal stimulation effect through your meridian points. Through the process, the body increases blood circulation. Effectively performed, endorphins are released to relaxe muscles, reduce stress, and relieves pain in the body.
Techniques of Moxibustion Therapy
1. Essential Oils Application
- Provides relaxing and soothing effects on the human body
- Works directly through our body chemistry affecting systems of the body
- Provides a healing effect both mentally and emotionally. The psychological benefits are usually obtained when essential oils are inhaled.
2. Volcanic Clay Application
- Brings beauty and glow to the skin
- Eliminates impure substances and toxins from skin pores
- Absorbs oil and debris to the surface of the skin while stimulating blood circulation
- Attracts and attaches to toxins and eliminates them from skin
- Also absorbs toxins and heavy metals, reduces body odor, helps oxidation
- Used for detoxification and internal cleansing of the whole body
3. Acupuncture Points for Moxibustion Therapy (Without Use of Needles)
- Identification of acupuncture and meridian points (Jing Luo) with respect to the ailment and condition of the personnel.
- Allows for effective absorption of medicinal properties from mugwort and herbal properties of prepared moxa to the body.
4. Herbal Properties of Moxa Stick
- The moxa stick is concocted with various herbal concoctions and mugwort which provides for a warming, moving, and tonifying properties which allow for the building of blood, movement of qi, and overall improvement of general health.
- Moxa has many uses which include resolving dampness, dispelling cold from the body, and boosting the immune system of the body