Benefits

Studies have shown that moxa burnt over specific parts of the body can help activate immune functions and increases the red and white blood cell count, while enhancing lymphocyte and other natural killer cell activity*. It supports the healing of wounded tissue and the revival of organs which have lost their capacity to function optimally. Moxibustion therapy has been used to help lower blood pressure, reduce blood viscosity, and dilate various vessels*. It continues to be used as a powerful method of detoxification…Read more on Detoxification

Moxibustion provides effective support for the following conditions*:

  • chronic pain
  • immune system disorders and breakdown
  • autoimmune disorders
  • lymphatic disorders requiring drainage
  • eye sight pain and blurriness
  • skin disorders
  • muscular/tissue tension, injuries and blockages
  • misaligned/slipped disks, strained/injured ligaments and tendons
  • arthritis/rheumatism of muscles and joints
  • carpal tunnel, tendonitis, nerve/joint inflammation, repetitive strain injuries
  • chronic/acute gastroenteritis, peptic ulcer, diarrhea, indigestion, low metabolism
  • food poisoning
  • bronchial asthma
  • liver-spleen/pancreatic weakness and cleansing
  • kidney/gall bladder stones
  • kidney/bladder weakness and cleansing
  • fertility boost
  • breech babies
  • menstrual cramps, disorders, chronic pelvic inflammation, menopause
  • prostate issues
  • heart weakness
Studies have also shown that moxibustion can help strengthen the mind-body interface and pointedly address stress based disorders and conditions result from the depletion of energy reserves in the central nervous system, including
  • hypertension
  • chronic fatigue
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • panic attacks
  • vertigo

Studies have suggested that there are several neurotransmitters that are induced via moxibustion and acupuncture (including galanin that is synthesized in response to moxibustion) which work to regulate pain, spasm, and neurological disorders, including depression and anxiety. These neurotransmitters have been linked to the modulation of immune responses. For example, in one case study involving moxibustion treatment for coronary heart disease, measurements of lymphocyte conversion rates and levels of immunoglobulins showed an enhanced immunological response.* (*References below)

Please Refer to Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and various classical Japanese and Chinese texts on Acupuncture and Moxibustion in translation, for a more detailed description of case studies.


Detoxification

Moxibustion is a very powerful means of detoxification that helps us revive and optimally perform within our everyday lives. Very often, a medical condition before it is a “condition” is first an emerging pattern which is contained but gradually noticeable in a person’s life. Before we feel comfortable noticing it though, the weight of that very “condition” slowly finds its niche in our daily lives, all of sudden measurable somewhere in-between our bodies, our minds, our genes, and the ecosystems we reside in. And before we know it, we find ourselves in the midst of a battle, looking for the right tools. Therefore, the entire process spanning from being “healthy” to being “sick” or “weak” becomes a thin line, suddenly noticeable. And this is only because of our refusal to imaginatively and refreshingly think of maintaining our health via sustainable interventions and preventive measures. Moxibustion provides this opportunity.

Japanese Moghusa treatments also offer powerful support enabling a patient to revive from chemotherapy, radiation and other intrusive western medical interventions, including the excess use of antibiotics. It is very effective means of boosting your immunity system, which gets hit the worst via chemotherapy and radiation, which is also the case with chronic Lyme disease. Also, the Moghusa treatment helps cleanse your blood and works to strengthen the liver which gets badly damaged via western medical treatments for cancer and other ailments.

In the case of cancer, the Moghusa treatment is most effective either before or after western medical interventions. Before chemotherapy or radiation, the treatment strengthens the patient at the core, specifically in the weakest and most vulnerable parts of their body. Mind and meditation exercises are also taught. If the treatment is administered following chemotherapy or radiation, the patient is supported in strengthening the liver, kidney and lymphatic system more intensively, in order to detoxify the body and instill balance and life. If treatment is administered concurrently with chemotherapy or radiation, the treatment focuses on fighting nausea, pain and depression. For Lyme disease support, Moghusa treatments are administered both concurrently with and following antibiotic based treatments.

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Select References:
* “An introduction to the study of acupuncture and moxibustion in China: Part 1-3” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 4(2), 4(3) & 5(1), 1984-85
* “Present status of research abroad concerning the effect of acupuncture and moxibustion on immunological functions” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 12 (3): 211-219, 1992
* “Acupuncture, moxibustion, and the immune system” in International Journal of Oriental Medicine 24(4): 192-198, 1999
* “Effectiveness of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for lymphedema following intrapelvic lymph node dissection: a preliminary report” by Kanakura, Niwa et.al. Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Second Teaching School of Medicine, Fujita Health University, Nagoya, Japan. American Journal of Chinese Medicine 30(1):37-43, 2002
* “Acute lymphangitis treated by moxibustion with garlic in 118 cases” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 23(3): 198, 2003
* “Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation: a randomized controlled trial” by Cardini and Weixin in Journal of the American Medical Association. 280 (18):1580-1584, 1998
* “20 Cases of Psoriasis Treated by Garlic Moxibustion” in Zhejiang Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 10, 2006
* “Eighty-seven Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treated by Acupuncture Combined with Garlic Moxibustion” in China’s Naturopathy 11, 2005
* “Clinical therapeutic effect of drug-separated moxibustion on chronic diarrhea and its immunologic mechanisms” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 17:253-258, 1997
* “Morphological study on colonic pathology in ulcerative colitis treated by moxibustion” World Journal of Gastroenterology 6(6): 861-865, 2000
* “Fifty cases of gastroptosis treated by moxibustion therapy” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 20 (1): 42-43, 2000
* “97 cases of gastrointestinal spasm treated with moxibustion” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 11(2): 110-111, 1991
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* “34 cases of herpes zoster treated by moxibustion at dazhui (GV-14)” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 12 (1): 71, 1992
* “A clinical study of treating Hashimoto's thyroiditis by moxibustion” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 7(2), 1987
* “Clinical observations on Hashimoto's thyroiditis treated by indirect moxibustion with various Chinese medicines” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 16(1): 27-32, 1996
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* “Acupuncture Treatment of Asthma” by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon . (see itmonline.org)
* “Moxibustion: A New Twist on the Greatest Medical Therapy of All Time” January, 2004, The Healthier Life (thehealthierlife.co.uk)
* “Suspended moxibustion of ignited moxa roll in treating coronary heart disease: a clinical observation of 138 cases” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 12 (2): 95-99, 1992
* “Expression of galanin in rat primary sensory afferents after moxibustion to the skin” in American Journal of Chinese Medicine 20(2): 103-114, 1992
* “Effects of electro-acupuncture and physical exercise (running) on neuropeptides in the hippocampus in rats” in European Journal of Neurosciences 8(2): 382-387, 1996
* “Suppression of the DTH reaction in mice by means of moxibustion at electro-permeable points” in American Journal of Chinese Medicine 1989; 17(3-4): 139-144
* “Reports on illustrative cases of various diseases effectively treated with moxibustion” in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 16(2): 121-124, 1996
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* “Borneol, Artemisia and Moxa” by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon. (see itmonline.org)