Moksa often called moxing, cauterization, moxotherapy or Chinese wormwood is a traditional medicine treatment involving heat therapy.
What is Moksa?
Probably many of you have come across this name for the first time. Moksa is prepared from a Japanese medicinal plant with an exotic sounding name – mogus (Chinese wormwood – Arthemisium Moxae). For us Europeans, it is the equivalent plant mugwort, or Artemisia Vulgaris. However, it has a much weaker effect than mugworm.
Chinese herbalists will harvest this plant in June. It is at the beginning of this month that the medicinal ingredients of Artemisia Moxae are at their peak of activity (Mogus). The leaves are collected and they serve as the healing part. Every year, tons of fresh Chinese wormwood leaves go to the herbalists’ baskets.
The freshly harvested leaves are then dried in the sun, it is important that they are drafted and do not rot. After drying, they are so delicate that they are easily crushed into small pieces.
Then it is placed crushed leaves in wooden mortars and carefully rubbed. To obtain a perfect powder, the mortar contents are also passed through a sieve. Then the so-called cotton wool.
The next few years (up to 3 years) are spent on aging, i.e. the sawn leaves are placed in large vats and aged there, maturing and acquiring the desired properties. The longer the maturing period, the better the moksa is produced. Various aromatic herbs are added to the vat to give the moxa a specific, exotic smell.
Moksa supports acupuncture treatments
The leaves prepared in this way are suitable for further processing. It is made of them cigars 20 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter or cones are formed (laid and set on fire later on the body).
Such ready-made cigars and cones go to doctors who, knowing the energy points, affect them with the heat of a moxicated cigar, stimulating the circulation of vital energy or blood circulation. Cauterization is performed on the same biologically active life point pattern that was developed for acupuncture treatments, only some of which are excluded from moko-therapy.
Indications and contraindications for moxa
- drops in immunity
- problems with concentration
- trouble with memory
Contraindications to moxa:
- pregnancy (advanced)
- menstruation (doctor decides)
- high arterial hypertension
- mental disorders
- cardiac arrhythmia (doctor decides)
- acute inflammation of the skin
- cuts, skin discontinuity
- fever (doctor decides)
- muscle and joint pain
- myalgia and neuralgia
- halluxes, halluxes
- skin changes
- stomach problems
- joint problems
- stomach pain
- low immunity
- depressive states
- peripheral diseases of blood vessels
- supporting acupuncture
Photos of the treatment with moxa
Moksa and its composition
The exact recipe of the plant mixture of moxa was shrouded in secrecy for a long time and was passed on only from generation to generation to the heirs of the family profession.
Today, a lot of false information is given about the origin of special Chinese cigars, and it is noted that the herbs that are necessary to make them grow only in China.
Moksa – the basics of the procedure
Far Eastern medicine perfectly combined the healing properties of fire with the healing properties of plants. This is how moxotherapy came about. Its essence is to heat the tissue with a special cigar filled with processed herbs or with the help of small cones formed from this herbal mass.
It has been scientifically proven that cauterization procedures significantly improve the health of the whole organism and are even a kind of recipe for longevity. This is confirmed by the case of a Japanese Mampe family, characterized by a very long life expectancy, who systematically used cauterization from generation to generation.
Wormwood cigars have a thermal effect on a limited space (selected energy point) from a distance or directly on the patient’s body. They can be freely manipulated, the effect of heat supply can be graded and thus tissue burns can be avoided.
Do you know that the temperature of the heated areas on the skin can rise to 43-45 ° C
Moxotherapy may seem like an easy method to apply, but proper knowledge of it is essential to be well-conducted. Thus, there are three methods of cauterization:
stable – the cigar is placed at such a distance from the body that the patient feels hot, this type of cauterization is very intense, stimulates quickly, therefore the heating time usually ranges from 5-15 minutes.
prickly – (also known as intermittent, ironing) in this case, the cigar is rhythmically approaching the body and away; the action is repeated usually 16-18 times within 60 seconds; the time of approaching a cigar is estimated until it is lightly brewed; the whole session lasts about 6 minutes.
stroking – here a few points are subject to moxication, as the name suggests, the cigar travels successively through a number of points, of course it is at a distance from the body, this type of cauterization is often combined with acupuncture treatment, it is more subtle and therefore the duration of the entire procedure is here the longest from 15 to 30 minutes and more.
Cauterization and other methods of traditional medicine.
As already mentioned, caulging is often combined with other procedures. Enkhjargal Dovchin, a Mongolian doctor, is in favor of “co-therapy” of acupuncture with moxa, because it significantly enhances the effects of acupuncture.
“At first, I get to know the patient, his body. I determine acupuncture points and insert needles. I combine it with the effects of moxa – says prof. Dovchin – either by heating the place with a cigar, or by inserting a moxa cone onto the needle and letting it burn.
Of course, each treatment is individually tailored to the patient’s needs, sometimes it is combined with fresh herbs, e.g. a slice of garlic or ginger is placed on the skin and covered with a moxa cone. I only use moksa imported from China, it is of great importance that the quality is the highest, because the older and properly prepared moksa, the more effective it is.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Classical medicine - internal medicine
Traditional Tibetan-Mongolian Medicine (TMM)
Eastern Traditional Medical Systems (TSM)
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