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Moxibustion

Moxibustion treats and prevents diseases by applying heat to points or certain locations of the human body. Moxa is a mugwort herb that is burned, with the general purpose of stimulating and strengthening the blood and the life energy, or qi, of the body. The material used is mainly "moxa-wool" in the form of a cone or stick. For centuries, moxibustion and acupuncture have been combined in clinical practice, thus they are usually termed together in Chinese. Chapter 73 of Miraculous Pivot states, "A disease that may not be treated by acupuncture may be treated by moxibustion." In Introduction to Medicine it says, "When a disease fails to respond to medication and acupuncture, moxibustion is suggested."

Artemisia Vulgaris is a species of chrysanthemum. The one produced in Qizhou is knowns as the best kind for moxa as the climate and soil is good for its growth. The leaves of the Qizhou Artemisia are thick with much more wool. Moxa cones amd sticks made of this kind of Artemisia ate thought the top quality used in moxibustion

In A New Edition of Materia Medica appears the following description: "The moxa leaf is bitter and acried, producing warmth when used in small amount and strong heat when used in large amount. It is of pure yang nature having the ability to restore the primary yang from collapse. It can open the twelve regular meridians, travelling through the three yin meridians to regulate qi and blood, expel cold and dampness, warm the uterus, stop bleeding, warm the spleen and stomach to remove stagnation, regulate menstruation and ease the fetus ... When burned, it penetrates all the meridians, and its bitter nature resolves dampness. As a result it is used as a mecessary material in moxibustion treatment. In addition, the moxa wool can produce mild heat, which is able to penetrate deeply into the muscles. If it is replaced by other materials , and intolerable burning pain will result, and the effect is found poor than the moxa wool.

An interesting study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 showed a 75 percent success rate in changing the fetus from breech to normal presentation by using moxibustion. Common uses also are for inflammation, tendinitis and abdominal cramps.

Functions of Moxibustion

To warm meridians and expel cold

To induce the smooth flow of qi and blood

To strengthen yang from collapse

To prevent diseases and keep healthy

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