Benefits of Moxibustion with SANGHA Retreat
February 8, 2022 by Hidden Doorways
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OCTAVE TIPS -Benefits of Moxibustion
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
Winter is an important time of year to practice moxibustion. The cold weather can cause the Yang-Qi to be insufficient where the meridians can easily become cold and obstructed.
SANGHA Retreat’s TCM practitioner David Wei explains how to effectively perform moxibustion.
01 What are the Benefits of Moxibustion?
TCM believes that when a person reaches 40, their Yang-Qi is half gone. In fact, it is not only the Yang-Qi that diminishes. When people reach middle age, their Yin fluid also decreases, and their fire deficiency rises, causing them to easily become warm.
Yin fluid, or Yin-Jin, is the general term for all normal water fluids in the body. It plays an important role in the human body, nourishing the organs and bones. It is interdependent and bound with Yang.
Moxibustion is a natural treatment that uses acupuncture points to treat illnesses. It has the effect of warming the body’s Yang energy and meridians, clearing channels, and getting rid of cold and dampness in the body, which is very effective for cold diseases or diseases caused by a Yang deficiency.
However, no matter how good moxibustion is, if the wrong treatment is used to supplement Yang-Qi, the Yin-Jin could also be damaged.
02 Examining Bad Moxibustion Habits
To achieve the stimulating effect faster, many people focus on the intuitive or physical sensation, believing that the stronger the fire, the higher the temperature and the stronger the burning sensation on the skin, the better the stimulation of the acupuncture points will be. However, the stimulation of acupuncture points is about penetration. The thicker the moxa stick, the shallower the stimulation of the acupuncture points.
The best state of moxibustion is when the acupuncture points are hot inside and not hot near the acupuncture point, but distantly hot. Practice has proved that using moxibustion on acupoints with regular moxa sticks is more likely to produce a moxibustion sensation.
Besides, some people pursue quick solutions to treat diseases and stay healthy, increasing the amount of moxibustion without looking at the evidence. For example, they wrongly use five or six acupuncture points per day, for at least two hours per day.
However, too much moxibustion may cause the Yang in the body to be too strong, which will suppress the Yin, causing disharmony between Tin and Yang. This can potentially turn the Yang into fire, burning the Yin-Jin and eventually harming the Yin.
03 Principles of Effective Moxibustion
First, you need to identify whether moxibustion is suitable for you and the cause of the disease that requires moxibustion.
Second, you need to pick acupuncture points precisely – try fewer but be accurate – to concentrate the strength and power of the fire.
Third, you should pay attention to the time and amount of moxibustion. Use moxibustion for some days, then relax for a while, and do not use moxibustion after 9:00pm.
Finally, attention should be paid to your routine after moxibustion. For example, drink more warm water before and after moxibustion, be sure to exercise daily, and pay attention to your sleep.
Doing any aspect improperly will greatly increase the likelihood of injuring the Yin.
04 How to Prevent Moxibustion from Harming the Yin
Although moxibustion does not usually hurt Yin, most people will just feel warm – here are some tips to avoid that from happening.
Massage or use moxibustion for nourishing Yin: for those who use a lot of moxibustion, they can use moxibustion or massage on the Yongquan point, Taichong point, Taixi point and Sanyinjiao point, using moxibustion on one or two of these points for about 10-minutes.
Eat foods that nourish the Yin: honey, pears, grapefruit, silver fungus, agaric, lotus seeds, lilies, and wolfberries nourish the Yin. Having a bowl of millet and yam porridge in the morning and drinking more warm water with honey on weekdays are good ways of nourishing the Yin and strengthening the spleen and stomach.
Reduce the amount of moxibustion or suspend moxibustion: if you find yourself getting heaty or are worried about damaging your Yin, it is wise to stop using moxibustion or reduce the amount of moxibustion, especially for beginners.
Use ambrosia artemisiifolia (a kind of moxa): he ambrosia artemisiifolia is mild and non-drying, and has relatively less chance of harming the Yin. Moxibustion enthusiasts who have the means to do so are advised to choose moxa of a higher vintage and purification ratio.
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