MOXIBUSTION, THE HEAT THAT BALANCES

She used moxa in all my treatments, she is an excellent ally for my sessions! During my massages I use its heat on specific acupuncture points on the body to achieve its stimulation.

Una persona enciende una vela blanca con una cerilla, al lado de otra vela de moxibustión apagada y unas hojas verdes sobre una estantería.
Moxibustion is an alternative therapy that takes care of well-being, another great legacy of traditional Chinese medicine that is based on the application of heat to different parts of the body. Thanks to the heat, a series of favorable changes are experienced, the capillaries dilate, blood flow increases in the area we are heating and as a consequence the treated areas are oxygenated, thus achieving a rebalance of energy. Its name predicts its action, since moxibustion comes from mokusa, and this comes from the terms mo (to burn) and kusa (grass).
Colocación plana de cogollos de cannabis secos, cigarrillos de hierbas, hierbas esparcidas para moxibustión y un molinillo de madera sobre una superficie rústica de madera.

ARTEMISIA, THE MAIN PLANT

Moxibustion is applied through the combustion of a plant called Artemisa that is ground into a fine and soft powder and then pressed and rolled in a similar way to a cigar and is called “moxa”.

The dried leaves of Artemisa Vulgaris are rich in essential oils, vitamins A, B, C, and D, and minerals such as potassium, iron, and magnesium, among others.

This treatment bases much of its effectiveness on the numerous qualities of the plant and more specifically its root.

The great masters began by shaping it into sticks, cones and cigars, the latter being the most widely used today.

MOXA, ACUPUNCTURE'S FIRST COUSIN

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, in fact, encompasses not only the technique of inserting needles, but also refers to the moxibustion or heating of acupuncture points.

So these two practices are very closely linked. The essence they share is found in the body’s stimulation points, which are the same and are both based on the Channel Theory. This is how moxibustion presents its healing role, rebalancing the body in order to bring the blood and energy (qi) back into harmony.

Although they are two individual and independent disciplines, it is also common to combine moxibustion and acupuncture, as this intensifies their effectiveness.

Primer plano de un brazo tatuado sosteniendo una varita de incienso humeante, con humo elevándose en una habitación bien iluminada. La textura enfocada de la piel y los detalles del tatuaje son visibles, realzados por el calor de

APPLICATION

To make sure you don’t have any doubts, I’ll tell you exactly how I use the moxa.

First of all, I light the moxa cigar and then I approach the area to be treated with it, always without touching the person’s skin, keeping a good distance.

In order for the heat to spread evenly, I continue to move the cigar. When the treated area starts to redden, it tells me that the heat has already peaked, so it’s time to move the cigar away and move on to the next area. In this practice I take great care that the person does not feel any pain or discomfort.

Una mujer acostada con los ojos cerrados mientras otra persona sostiene una vela encendida en su oído, probablemente realizando una terapia de velas para equilibrar el calor.

PROPERTIES

Its main action is to activate energy, which leads to many other benefits that I detail here:

  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • It better regulates the digestive system and metabolism.
  • It mitigates states of stress and permanent tiredness.
  • It increases the production of red blood cells, white blood cells, and hemoglobin.
  • It treats joint and muscle pathologies.
  • Relieves menstrual and menopausal disorders.
  • It soothes pain, thanks to its analgesic properties.
  • Prevents diseases.
  • Fights colds.

As always, I also detail the contraindications when applying moxa, because this technique is no longer beneficial for people with:

  • Heart disease.
  • Feverish states.
  • Bacterial infections.
  • Ulcerated, inflamed, or very sensitive skin.

The moxa is an essential part of my work, as it takes care of the perfect state of health, in a preventive way seeking to improve the quality of life.

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A FUN FACT

The origin of moxibustion goes back to the caveman, sharing with him the evolution of fire.

The story goes that when human beings lived in caves, they faced the cold and humidity by lighting fires. Their intuition led them to realize that certain diseases that were caused by pathogenic factors, as Traditional Chinese Medicine calls them, could be cured by burning certain tree branches. Thus they also began to experiment with plants, and in this action the most famous Artemisia Argyi appears.

For Traditional Chinese Medicine, heat is essential, since with it we achieve the transformation of energy.