Moxibustion Treatment and Effects
Moxibustion has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is also an other form of therapeutic medicine technique that involves burning of Chinese herbs such as moxa leaf in a form of heat treatment that stimulates and treats diseases in all parts of the body. Moxibustion has two types of procedure, direct and indirect moxibustion.
Direct Moxibustion treatment
During the procedure of direct moxibustion, a small cone-shaped part of the moxa herb will be placed on top of the body from where is the acupuncture point at. Burning is the second step after placing the herb. There are also two types of categories in Direct Moxibustion, the scarring and non-scarring treatment. With the scarring moxibustion, the moxa herb will be placed on a point and ignited until it burns out entirely. the result of this moxibustion procedure may lead to slight scrarring on the skin and a bit of blisters after healing. On the non-scarring type of moxibustion, the moxa herb will be placed on the point of acupuncture and will be burned but will be removed immediately before it burns the skin of the patient. There will be a feeling of heat that will stimulate deep into the skin but no scarring at all nor pain unless the moxa herb will be left burned long enough.
Indirect Moxibustion treatment
This type of Moxibustion is said to be the most commonly used form of procedure. Indirect Moxibustion lowers the risk of burning the skin and even lesser pain. With this type of procedure, the moxa stick end point will be burned that is like a shape and a bit same sized of a cigarette. The therapist will hold the stick steadily close to the treated part of the body where for about several minutes until the part turns to red. There’s also a different type of indirect moxibustion that still uses moxa leave and acupuncture needles in addition. With this procedure, the needle will be inserted into the part of the acupoint and remained. The tip of the needle will be wrapped with moxa herb and then ignited to generate heat to the treated part of the body. After accomplishing the effect of the treatment, the needles has to be removed and the moxa herb as well.
Moxibustion effects to the body
The wonderful results of Moxibustion deeply penetrates into the patient’s body contributing immediate warming trend that will last for a couple of days after the therapy. According to researches, Moxibustion for female patients increases blood circulation to the uterus and pelvic area and helps stimulates menstrual period. It treats. dysmenorrhea as well so it’s truly beneficial mostly to women. It could also help turn breech babies.
Upon this procedure, the acupoint is the outside corner of the nail of the little toe which connects to the mother’s uterus through a pathway (internal meredian). With the help of the heat coming from the process of Moxibustion, the baby will sway, move and turn its head. This type of moxibustion upon pregnancy could be given at least once or twice a day and would take a maximum of 20 minutes per procedure.
And since Moxibustion could help increase circulation of the blood, and stimulate blood production, it could also help treat blood stagnantion and blockages of the meridians such as stomachache, episgastric pain amenorrhea and cold herniation.