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Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique originated in the Mongolia region of China thousnads of years ago. It is performed by lighting the herb Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris, Ai Ye), a type of chrysanthemum, and burning over the skin of the person who is suffering from a disease caused by the damp and cold conditions.
In Chinese medicine, the body is filled with meridians, which are energy (Qi) channels, and the spot the Moxibustion performed is on a meridian channel that corresponds to the ailment being treated.
Moxibustion applies the heat to meridian (acupuncture) points to strengthen blood and stimulate flow of Qi. For conditions that do not respond to acupuncture and herbal medicine well, may be treated by moxibustion. It may combine with acupuncture to increase the effects of treatment. Generally, moxibustion is used on patients with cold and/or stagnant conditions.
The main functions of Moxibustion:
1.) The heat from moxibustion reaches deep inside the body; it warms, moves and unblocks Qi in the meridian channels. It treats the 'cold-damp' syndrome, stubborn deep ailments and Yang deficiency syndrome, such as dysmenorrheal, 'cold' abdominal pain, abnormal menstruation, arthritis muscle pain, neuralgia, lumbago and other 'cold' related symptoms.
2.) Moxibustion reinforces the function of stomach, spleen and liver organs; replenishes Qi and recovers Yang from collapse. It stimulates gastrointestinal motility functions and treats cold limbs syndrome, minute pulse, extreme sweat, enuresis, diarrhea, prolapse of rectum and uterus.
3.) Moxibustion promotes Qi and blood circulation, resolves blood stasis and skin abscess such as carbuncle and scrofula.
4.) Moxibustion promotes health and prevents disease. It activates the Qi and increase body's resistance to disease. It has also been widely used for relaxation and removing fatigue in China.
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