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  • Frequently asked questions – Moxa

    • What is moxa?

      At first glance, the moksa looks a bit like a large cigar but it doesn't burn like cigarettes. Moksa occurs under many names, e.g. Chinese wormwood, cauterization or stickers (Chinese translations). Moxa or moksowanie treatments are often called moxotherapy and it is an acupuncture support procedure that can also occur independently. A moxa cigar consists of a few to several herbs depending on the ailments we use it for. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxa is often treated equally with acupuncture. The composition of the herbs from which the cigar is made for moxification has been shrouded in mystery for millennia and passed on to a small group of supporters from father to son. It was only the author of the book "Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion" who broke away and brought closer to Europeans these safe and effective methods for which he was also quite sadly punished by the Chinese government for revealing the medical secrets of Chinese doctors. 

    • In what diseases is moxotherapy used?

      It should be noted that moxa surgery, whether on its own or in combination with acupuncture, does not involve any danger to the patient - it is a very safe and pleasant service. The range of ailments and diseases that we can treat or support treatment should be divided into two groups:

      1) Impact on TCM comprehension, where moksa generally works to improve the overall health of the whole body and its return to natural balance or homeostasis by: a) improving circulation and stabilizing the flow of Qi vital energy in meridians (energy channels). b) leveling the shortage (lack) of Qi energy. c) by passing them from places where there is too much of it or by adding them from energy points, d) increasing the defense forces of the central immune system. e) by increasing the feeding of phagocytes (white blood cells) and increasing the activity of antibodies and immunoglobulins f) interactions that affect tissue regeneration at the cellular level, which affects their rejuvenation analogously g) interactions affecting life cycle extension (studies performed in Japan, where people who regularly used moxibustion had increased immunity, were less likely to get sick and lived longer.

      2) Interactions with the understanding of Westerners, where research has shown an increase in the number of white blood cells, and with regular use of moksa their maintenance or even doubling. Studies by independent scientists in Switzerland have shown that: a) moxotherapy works anti-inflammatory, reducing the body's susceptibility to infections by increasing the body's ability to produce antibodies, b) moxa works locally and generally-anesthetically improves the ability of blood to clot in vessels, c) moxotherapy also affects red blood cells by increasing their amount, it raises the level of glucose in the blood and widens the lumen of blood vessels, making the patient less susceptible to heart attacks and peripheral problems.

    • When is moxa not taken?

      The main contraindications for performing moxa are: any low-grade fever and high temperature above 38 degrees, acute inflammation, fresh injuries, paralysis of limbs, as well as varicose veins, ulcers and severe skin changes at the sites of planned procedures. We will not perform the mocking for people with established blood pressure (the doctor decides) and patients with transplants (the doctor decides). Women during menstruation are advised to postpone the treatment for later.

    • How long does a single moxa treatment take?

      Depending on whether it is a moxa for acupuncture treatment or separately it lasts normally from 5-10 minutes. Longer treatments are not done because exposure to the smell of moxa can be irritating to the body.

    • How many moxa treatments are required to treat common conditions?

      Usually, 5-15 treatments are performed, depending on the needs. One cigar to moxify is enough for the entire treatment of a given patient.

    • Can children undergo moxaizing?

      Yes, but mainly these are treatments for older patients. The effect of moxa on children can be too strong and irritating to the skin of a small patient.

    • Can moksa have side effects?

      Sometimes local skin irritation is observed at the site of the moxa. In Chinese Medicine, all such reactions are associated with the positive effects of moxa on the body.

    • How to best prepare for a moxa treatment?

      We make the moxa in a well-ventilated room, and after the procedure the room needs to be ventilated. No special preparations are required. It is not recommended to make moxa on the skin recently covered with beauty foundations or all kinds of creams that can block the natural breathing of the skin.

    • What does moksa smell like?

      Depending on the type, the smells are different. However, they are not unpleasant for man.

    • Can I prepare the moxa myself?

      Yes, however, getting all the ingredients for specific ailments in Poland can be a miracle. There are many companies that offer good quality moks at reasonable prices.

    • Can you burn yourself with moxa?

      If the procedure is performed by a specialist, then no. Our moksa cigars are designed in such a way that even when in direct contact with the skin they do not have such temperature to cause burns.

    • Can I do the moxa procedure at home?

      Yes, after a short instructor, it is possible and recommended.

    • The room smells like herbs what is it?

      Most likely, it smells of moxa after acupuncture. These are normal smells in acupuncture rooms.

    • I read that moxa can irritate the skin?

      Yes. This happens extremely rarely but such symptoms are a picture of the pathology that our body shows us. In this case, a good specialist of traditional medicine will order specific check-ups to exclude or confirm presumptions.

    • Are moxies only emitting heat?

      However, this is the case in China today there is a tendency to move away from these types of moks in favor of special lamps for heating the skin, which do not produce unnecessary smoke, but only heat to heat specific surfaces of the body.

  • Pictures of moxa procedures

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    How to prepare and what to know before your first visit?

    Our acupuncture office is different than others. We accept many patients every day, which is why we have developed a preparation scheme that can be helpful to any new patient. Thanks to it you will learn, for example, what the first visit to a doctor of traditional, Chinese, Tibetan or any other medicine looks like, how to prepare for a visit and what to look for during the visit, and most importantly what is expected and how we can help you ?. I invite you to read.

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