What is Moxa?

To understand why the devices we have here from Korea are not to compare with ordinary heat blankets we buy in electrical equipment shops, we need understand some of the underlie principles. We’ll understand why these products from Korea is medical devices with a great knowledge behind it.

Furthermore the idea of these equipment’s are we should try use some natural methods before resorting to medication and it’s often negative side effects. Or we can use both, but perhaps with less use of essential medicines.

Moxa treatment of pains with up to 70C heated tourmaline ceramics

Moxa treatment with special tourmaline ceramics up to 70C.

Moxa treatment with special tourmaline ceramics up to 70C.

Many we talk to in Denmark about these products from Korea, wonder why we can have up to 70C on the ceramics. That’s because these equipment among other things builds on what in traditional Chinese medicine is called Moxa, also called moxibustion, or in Danish “Moxa treatment”.

Moxa and Acupuncture are as a couple.

Moxa is an ancient Eastern tradition of heat therapy that is as old as acupuncture. In fact, the term acupuncture in Chinese formed by two words: “Zhen Jiu”. The word “zhen” means needle and the word “jiu” means moxibustion. The reason for this is moxa (moxibustion) and Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a pair since the beginning of traditional Chinese medicine, and is still a very powerful combination for most practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine today.

Moxa treatment usually involves heating up a particular acupuncture point by burning a very specific herb, Artemisia vulgaris, or commonly known as “mugwort”. This herb is selected because of its good heating properties and its pure “yang” nature, and thus have the ability to restore the primary Yang energy.

Examples of performed traditional moxibustion and acupuncture pain treatment.

Examples of traditional performed moxibustion and acupuncture treatment.

There are mainly two ways to perform a Moxa treatment: Direct or Indirect.

For direct moxa treatment becomes small cone-shaped piece of herb placed at the desired acupuncture point and then burned, (it burns like a glow we also know from tobacco in a cigar and a cigarette). If the herb is allowed to burn down to the skin causing a blister and many times a scar, technically called this “Scarring moxibustion.” On the other hand, if the herb is not allowed to completely burn, but just enough to create a strong heating feeling and then is turned off, called the technique “not scarring moxibution”.
With indirect moxa treatment the burning herb does not touch the skin. The most common form of indirect moxa treatment is when a practitioner uses what is called a “moxa stick”. The “stick” which roughly and resembles a cigar made of tightly coiled sagebrush, sometimes small amounts of other herbs, therefore it is also called a “moxa-cigar”. The practitioner lights the herb at one end and keeps the glowing moxa-cigar close to the area being treated, till it causes a strong feeling of warmth.

Another type of indirect moxa treatment is when the burning herb is isolated from the skin with a substance that sits between the skin and the burning herb. The type of fabric used as an isolator depends on the condition being treated. A slice of ginger, for example, used against cold stomach * and spleen, which could manifest as diarrhea and abdominal pain. A slice of garlic used for infections and poisonous insect bites, and salt are used to restore the Yang energy.

* Cold stomach or Inadequate stomach is a syndrome in Chinese medicine, which explains what happens when you don’t eat enough protein or eat too much cold food – although there are other causes.

Another popular technique for making indirect moxa treatment is with use of acupuncture. With this technique, a needle is inserted (moxa-needle) of the desired acupuncture point and then a small cone-shaped piece herb is attached to the top of the needle. The herb is ignited, and the heat from wort torch moves down the needle in which the meridian (the nerve) is heated.

Examples of Moxa- and Acupuncture Points.

Examples of Moxa- and Acupuncture pain treatments points.

The presence of cold may result in excruciating pain.

From a traditional Chinese medical point of view, the most common indication for use of moxa treatment is presence of cold. Cold causes Qi ** to slow down and in many cases to stagnate, resulting in excruciating pain. Moxa heats meridian and thus displaces the cold. Aching, cold joints responds well to moxa treatment. Moxa treatment is also used to induce a smooth flow of qi and blood. It occurs in areas where there is clearly a lack of qi and blood flow, or on the acupuncture points are known for their ability to smooth out the flow of qi and blood. The herb and heat are both heating and yang in nature, and when combined the moxa treatment the result is a very effective way to strengthen yang energy.

The above reason is why moxa treatment is widely used for fragile and weak people, the lack of yang energy. Ancient Chinese masters have used moxa acupuncture prophylactic (preventive) for thousands of years. By using moxa treatment on specific acupuncture points on a regular basis, they are able to stay strong and healthy until the last day of their lives. Thus, moxa treatment also used as a preventive treatment.

** Qi is the Chinese term for the Life energy / vitality flowing in the body and which is the basis for our body’s health, for our dynamism and our activity. Qi must be in motion for us to feel alive and have an active and fulfilling life.

Most common ailments treated with moxa treatments:

  • Asthma, (here is the direct moxa is best).
  • Arthritis of the cold type – (indirectly and with ginger).
  • Abdominal pain (indirect moxa with ginger or salt).
  • Extreme diarrhea (indirect moxa salt in the navel).
  • Pain from hernia (indirect moxa with salt).
  • Impotence or premature ejaculation (indirect moxa).
  • Vomiting (indirect moxa salt in the navel).

Our infrared equipment’s builds on principles from Moxa

There is from the manufacturer preformed lot of research and development in order to create their equipment’s. The aim is and has been, to make it possible for ordinary people to have a device they can use at home, built-in with thousands of years of medical knowledge and understanding of our organism.