Moxibustion Therapy – Meaning, Method Of Doing, Benefits

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By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Moxibustion therapy is a type of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is an external treatment. It involves burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves on or nearby to the body’s meridian and acupuncture the acu-points. Alternatively it involves baking the acupoints with burning moxa wool. The heat applied stimulates these points and improves flow of energy (qi) in the body. The increased qi in the circulation cures many ailments including pain and digestion problems. Some believe it can treat conditions associated with cold (yang) deficiencies in TCM. It is claimed that it mitigates cold and dampness in the body and can serve to turn breech babies.

Practitioners claim this treatment to be effective in treatment of chronic problems, weakness and also in gerontology. Bian Que (fl. Circa 500 BCE) a famous…

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