What is Moxa
The leaves of the locally grown Yomogi plant which has fine hairs on the underside, these hairs are used in the process of making Moxa. Whilst the Japanese have been using it for over 1000 years, its role in Acupuncture appears to be a well kept secret where only a few people understand the medicinal properties it has to offer. The Moxa plant extract is used together with Acupuncture needles in a process called Moxibustion; an enjoyable and effective treatment which enhances the overall experience.
Below are the types of Moxibustion treatments and their common applications.
Chinetsukyu or “Cone Moxa” is a moxibustion technique used in acupuncture treatments.
Acumiho uses this process on areas of muscle tension or swelling and it is also satisfactory in delivering relief against shoulder tension, migraines and indigestion related complaints such as bloated stomach and back pains. It should be also noted that Chinetsukyu can also reduces the symptoms of high temperature if you have a fever or an injury.
Kyutoshin or “Moxa on the Acupuncture Needle” is a moxibustion technique used in Japanese Acupuncture treatments.
Acumiho uses this process to gently heat up a specific area. As shown in the picture to the left, the Moxa is placed on the head of the needle and lit, this allows the heat to slowly transfer through the needle and distributed into the affected area, this process is used for conditions like easing pain in frozen shoulder and releasing muscle knots in a pleasant and soothing way. Kyutoshin is also effectively used in the management of chronic pain and is very helpful with infertility and remains one of my most popular treatments.
Tenkyu is the most delicate of the Moxa techniques in Japanese Acupuncture treatments.
Acumiho rolls the Moxa into fine “strands” and applied to a specific acupuncture point. Once lit, the strand only burns for an instant creating slight nerve stimulation increasing blood flow and helps towards balancing the secretion of hormones, enzymes and neurotransmitters in the body. It should also be noted that Tenkyu is successful in the treatment of hair growth and can also provide relief for numbness and the psychosomatic symptoms of not feeling well.
This treatment should be avoided if you are diabetic or have an illness which prevents the healing of scar tissue as this treatment can in rare cases leave small marks on the skin. This is perfectly normal and the marks disappear in 2-3 days.
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