Since ancient times, moxibustion therapy has been touted as an effective remedy for rheumatism and those with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis conditions. Now, let’s take a look at the acupressure points one should focus on during moxibustion treatment.
Essential Basic Acupressure Points: ‘Zhong Wan’, ‘Shen Que’, ‘Guan Yuan’, ‘Zu San Li’, ‘Da Zhui’
For relief of rheumatoid arthritis condition, focusing on the above acupressure points during moxibustion is vital for the effective therapeautic effects in uplifting the energy and vitality of the body, promoting blood circulation. These acupuncture points are highly recommended to replenish the ‘Yang’ energy (in TCM terms) of the body. After primary treatment for these acupressure points, secondary treatment will then be focused on other problematic parts, i.e. body parts that experience pain daily, or areas with nodules (growth that forms under the skin).
What is the Duration and Required Intensity of Moxibustion Therapy?
Normally, the required duration for moxibustion therapy should range between 1-2 hrs, ranging from 1-2 sessions per week at the onset. As one’s health conditions improves, the intensity can be reduced to fortnightly therapy sessions gradually.
For those who has algid (cold, chilly) body types, the duration of moxibustion treatment is advised to be at least 2-3 hours daily. As long as one does not feel heaty due to excessive body heat, the duration and intensity of moxibustion treatment can be controlled by the therapist easily. Thereby, one is advised to drink lots of water after moxibustion therapy over the next few days.
Pain Equal Clogged Pathways in Our Body System?
During treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, different body parts may experience some slight pain or ticklish effects. This means that there are clogged channels for the specific body part, and the pain is a result of the clogged channels, often due to nodules or cords on the body’s meridians (Jing Luo). Given that the nodules or cords obstruct the body’s pathways or channels, if we do not remove these obstructions, disease will not be mitigated.
How Do We Soothe The Clogged Channels In Our Body Effectively With Moxibustion？
Step 1: Essential Oil Application
Essential oil gives a relaxing and soothing effect on the human body, interacting directly with our body chemistry to affect the internal systems of our body. Moreover, it provides a healing effect to our body both mentally and psychologically.
Step 2: Volcanic Clay Treatment
The main benefits of volcanic clay body treatment is to eliminate impure substabces and toxins from the pores of our skin. The treatment is able to absorb oil and debrids from the surface of the skin effectively while promoting blood circulation at the same time. The volcanic clay clusters helps to absorbs toxins and heavy metal substances from our body, reducing body odor, improving oxidation. It is most beneficial for detoxification and cleansing of the whole body internally.
Step 3: Cupping
In TCM remedy, cupping has been effective in helping our body tissues to release toxins and activate the lymphatic system to clear colon blockages. Besides this, the method also assists to activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries due to congested pathways. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.
Step 4: Moxibustion
After the above steps had been carried out to relax the body and open up the meridians (Jing Luo) and pathways of our body, moxibustion therapy will then commence to focus on the respective acupressure points for relieve of ailments due to arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The above steps are also required for effective absorption of medicinal and herbal properties from moxibustion therapy.
The moxa stick is specially concocted with various herbal concoctions and mugwort, in this case for arthritis conditions which provides for a warming, moving, and tonifying properties facilitating the buildup of blood, movement of qi, and overall improvement of general health. Moxa also possess a wide range of benefits which include resolving dampness, dispelling cold from the body, and boosting the immune system of the body.