& no its not cannabis ! 😉
Hey!! I thought I dedicate today’s post on Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM one of the most popular alternative health medicines out there! & since I live in China – Shanghai right now! 🙂
So if you didn’t know TCM is becoming prevalent all around the world, but it is not just about herbs and acupuncture. TCM includes a range of therapies ranging from massage (tui na) and exercise (qigong) to tai chi and dietary recommendations.
SO what is the main goal of TCM?
TCM aims to balance the body and keep the life energy active and flowing, by reestablishing the flow of Qi (the vital energy or life force of a person).
What’s the difference between Western medicine & TCM?
In the west the human body is nourished through one vital energy (the blood). Whereas in chinese Medicine, there are believed to be two vital energies: blood (Yin) & Qi (Yang).
Some of the most common TCM procedures include, acupuncture, tui na (deep tissue massage), cupping & moxibustion (which will be today’s focus). They all work to help release stagnation of Qi by pressing on certain acupressure points in the body’s meridian system to the body’s own healing process, and restore flow and balance to the body.
Today I am going to focus on talking about moxibustion, which is something I only found out about when I got to China! I was looking for something that will help strengthen my immune system and this was recommended by few people. It is also much more common than acupuncture as it doesn’t require a qualified doctor unlike acupuncture. You can even conduct it at home at your own comfort.
So what is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is an ancient form of heat therapy that originated in China. Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin, above the acupuncture point. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. Moxa uses the ground up leaves of the medicinal plant Mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris).
Burning Moxa has a distinct aroma which many people find very relaxing. The essential oils in Mugwort have a significant effect as a form of aromatherapy or medicinal incense.
What is moxibustion used for?
Moxibustion helps to increase blood circulation, tonify energy, stimulate the digestive system, boost the immune system & also improves the overall blood and lymph.
Moxibution vs Acupunture?
Moxa in general has more or less the same efficacy as acupuncture. However, medical experiments have shown that Moxibustion exerts much wider and stronger effect on overall biochemical changes in the body than acupuncture. For example: it increases the production of white blood cells. The white blood cell count begins to increase immediately after direct Moxibustion treatment.
Common Uses & Moxibustion Benefits
- Common cold and respiratory disorders, such as hay fever and seasonal allergies
- Immune system support
- Pregnancy support, including turning breech baby during pregnancy
- Gastrointestinal disease, such as peptic ulcers, irritable bowel disease, crohn’s disease, chronic diarrhea, and ulcerative colitis
- Pain management due to osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, or any injuries that are not easily healing
- Blood clotting disorders and other cardiovascular dysfunctions
- Inflammatory disorders and neuralgia that may disrupt normal circulatory flow
As mentioned earlier moxibustion is made using the plant mugwort which can easily purchased online and then rolled up and administrated at your own comfort at home! 🙂
However mugwort has also several other benefits. People take mugwort root as a “tonic” and to boost energy. People take the rest of the plant for stomach and intestinal conditions including colic, diarrhea, constipation, cramps, weak digestion, worm infestations, and persistent vomiting. Mugwort is also used to stimulate gastric juice and bile secretion.
You can drink it as a tea and it is highly recommended for those suffering with insomnia, anxiety, painful menstruation, digestive issues, obesity, weak immunity, diabetes, depression, inflammation, colds, coughs, flu, respiratory infections and kidney problems.
So here you have it guys, this is something I’ve been doing for the past year and I love it, & lately I’ve decided to start doing it at home myself 🙂
I hope you found this post interesting and useful. There is so much more information online if you want to do further. Also it is very cheap and easy to buy and find online. 🙂
Lots of love,