Hey Health & Wellness Fans,
In this video blog post, we will introduce a traditional form of heat therapy called moxibustion. Moxibustion used in acupressure clinics worldwide. It is an ancient folk medicine treatment using various heat sources to apply heat to areas of the body for healing.
2 Types of Moxibustion
There are 2 types of traditional moxibustion therapy practiced today, direct and indirect. With direct moxibustion, rice-sized pieces of moxa herb are applied to acupuncture points and lit to burn. Tiny burns or blisters form. This stimulates the immune system of the body thereby strengthening the body’s resistance to disease.
Indirect moxibustion is the most common form of moxibustion used in clinics today. With the indirect form, the burning moxa herb does not come in contact with the body. Why is this, you ask? Because a buffer is used. Slices of garlic, ginger, aloe, and cardboard are used to protect the skin from the blistering that is sought after in the direct form.
How Common Is Moxa These days?
This ancient healing modality continues to be used as a stand-alone therapy as well as a healing adjunct to other holistic practices. Walk into any acupuncture or acupressure clinic and you are likely to smell the pungent fragrance of this burning herb. Acupuncture, herbs, and acupressure treatments often include moxibustion to enhance the healing effect. The infra-red and thermal heat felt during a moxibustion treatment increases local circulation. It also adds warmth up and down the meridian being treated. Where pain or weakness exists in the body practitioners apply the burning herb. This produces a localized healing response.
We hope you enjoy this video presentation on indirect moxibustion. Maybe you will try it one day!
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