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Moxibustion - Like A Human Birthday Cake

After inserting the needles into her carefully chosen points, my acupuncture therapist proceeded to put blobs of moxa onto the end of selected needles and then lit each one.
Whilst it was rather alarming to be turned into the equivalent of a birthday cake, the resulting warmth pervaded deep into my body, relaxing the muscles and rejuvenating my energy levels.
As they cooled down, it was as if the stresses and concerns that had been bottled up inside me had melted away.
Fast forward almost a year of monthly treatments later and it was a rather different story.
She lit them and I was immediately aware of a very different type of heat, getting towards being uncomfortably hot.
When I mentioned this to Lorna, she said that was a sign that I was getting better and my energy levels were nearing where they should be.
She recalled the first time she had received moxibustion - she was so cold and damp inside that it took three lumps of moxa on the same needle for her to feel any warmth at all.
Moxibustion is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which utilises moxa made from the herb, mugwort.
The mugwort is aged and then ground to a fluff which practitioners compress into a ball or form into cones.
These are then placed on the needle or directly on the acupuncture point and burnt to produce a nourishing, penetrating warmth similar to the heat from the sun.
Moxa can also be formed into larger cigar like sticks which when lit are used to heat up larger areas of the patient's body.
Moxibustion is essentially the relaxing deep heat treatment of Chinese Medicine.
When applied to specific acupuncture points in conjunction with acupuncture, direct moxibustion increases the effect of acupuncture.
This is known in Chinese Medicine as tonification - boosting the body.
The additional heat produced is a way of giving patients something "extra".
It is therefore particularly effective for treating people who are feeling run down or suffering from energy depletion.
The stimulating effect of the heat from the moxa is also effective for increasing circulation.
This is known in Chinese Medicine as dispersal - movement of stuck blood or energy.
Moxibustion is therefore particularly effective in treating many of the different problems that are peculiar to women.
It is believed that mugwort (the herb which is aged to produce moxa) is an emmenagogue - something which stimulates the blood flow to the pelvic area and uterus - so it is particularly useful for gynaecological and menstrual problems.
Like the sun, moxa produces a comforting dry heat helping to eliminate dampness and cold in the body, alleviating general aches and pains and supporting aging joints to fight against problems with rheumatism and arthritis.

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