What Is Chinese Moxibustion-Acupuncture Therapy?

Chinese moxibustion-acupuncture therapy is a very old Chinese path to good health. It has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years and has a long history.

Only a few people are aware of this. In fact, most people know that acupuncture only involves the use of needles. The fact is, there is another aspect to Chinese acupuncture, which is the use of fire. The utilization of both fire and needle helps make acupuncture a more potent treatment against illness and disease.

Chinese moxibustion acupuncture in Encino is designed to curing illness with the use of heat or fire. This is why the original word for acupuncture in Chinese is Shen Jiu (Shen = fire, Jiu = acupuncture).

Fu Hsi’s discovery of the illness curing using stone needles and the invention of moxibustion and Chinese acupuncture by Huang Di are the two of the most famous legends about acupuncture. Obviously, there are also other lesser known legends.

For most people, it is difficult to believe that Chinese moxibustion acupuncture was actually discovered by a Chinese housewife (whose name sadly was not included in history). While she was cooking, she realized that her aches were not as painful as before she started cooking. She believed that the fire from the stove had somehow relieved her pain. This happened during the Neolithic age and since then Chinese moxibustion acupuncture has evolved to include the use of herbs that have medicinal properties and, of course fire and even smoke the restore the body back to health.

In moxibustion therapy, the items used are cups and moxa cones. The treatment basically uses a glass cup to cover the affected part of the body and allow the heated air inside the cup to cool down sucking the body into the cup.

The heating of the inside of the cup forces the air out of the jar. This causes a suction vortex similar to a vacuum cleaner which has the cup sticking onto the body. The procedure causes a massage effect that benefits the internal organs and improves the flow of blood in the patient’s body. The moxa cone also provides the same therapeutic effect.

The application of the cups in Chinese moxibustion acupuncture must target the important meridians or acupuncture points of the body in order for the disease to be cured.

To boost the efficacy of moxibustion, herbs, mashed garlic, or ginger may be used during treatment. The cupping procedure usually takes between 15 to 20 minutes to finish. Moreover, it is vital that the therapy be performed over a certain time period so that the effect can be experienced.

Chinese moxibustion acupuncture techniques have been improving by leaps and bounds over the decades. It is typical to see the use of new equipments including acupoint magnetotherapy, microwave needle moxibustion, acupoint injection, and electronic needle moxibustion, among others.

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