Acupuncture Therapy : Acupuncture Moxibustion

Acupuncture Therapy : Acupuncture Moxibustion


Now that we’ve had the acupuncture needles
in Johnnie here, working on his back pain, we want to add a little extra effort to it
and do a little bit better job, so we’re going to use what’s called moxibustion. And there’s
a number of different ways to utilize moxibustion. This is one of the more interesting ones.
If you ever seen the old Steven Segal movie, he had actually moxibustion on the needles.
So, what we actually do is put a small amount of moxi on the needle. We’re going to do that
on two of them where he’s getting some discomfort. And that one we need to adjust a little bit.
There we go, I think we’re going to do the same to that one. And once we get the moxibustion
on the needle, we’re going to light those so that they smolder, and he’s barely going
to feel anything. It’s just going to be a slight warming sensation with these moxibustion
points on these two needles to strengthen his bones and strengthen his back. The nice
thing about moxi, it’s very gentle. It’s not a lot of discomfort at all for the patient,
and it helps to move the blood and deal with stagnation which is what causes pain in many
cases. So, these will take about three to five minutes to burn through, and so he’ll
gently start to see a slight increase in the warmth, and always the acupuncturist will
monitor what’s going on in case it’s discomfort and gets too warm for anybody. So, as you
can see these are burning slowly. And in about another minute or so, he’ll start to get some,
a feeling of warmth in those and a little extra stimulation but it’s a pleasant stimulation
that those give. So, we can use this for a variety of different treatments, from anything
from digestive problems to pain.

12 Replies to “Acupuncture Therapy : Acupuncture Moxibustion”

  1. Hmm, been a few years since anyone commented on this, but I can say that these people don't know the effects of acupuncture since there isn't as much available information back then as there is now. Acupuncture focuses on the pressure points of the body. The body is made of multiple pressure points that regulate and stimulate certain parts of the body. Overstimulation can cause problems, but having a weak/injured part of the body may require stimulation in order to function back to normal. Acupuncture is a guide to make these points work properly. In hindsight, it works more by balancing organs and the internal body. It's similar to a chi practitioner using their chi to regulate and stimulate their body to promote overall health. Both tactics promote the body's internal ability to recover. This is eastern medicine of doing things. It's much slower in hindsight because it focuses on the recovery of the organ's ability. Afterwards, the organ can heal the body by itself. The difference between western and eastern medicine is that western medicine cuts directly to the root of the problem and removes the problem. However this doesn't mean the damaged organ will instantly work again. It will take time to recover. In some cases, mild symptoms is more suited for western medicine to take care of. Prolonged chronic illnesses may be better for eastern medicine to take care of.
    Basically, breaking this down:
    Western medicine cuts to the problem and removes it, but it doesn't recover the injured organ itself. The organ must recover on its own, or gets pills to regenerate faster. Problem's removed, but still has a recovery period in the end.
    Eastern medicine empowers the organ and lets the organ fix the problem itself. Once the problem is gone, everything is fine. It just takes more time for the initial empowerment and purifying effect to kick in, so it's not as visible.
    Hence, sometimes for western medicine, severe and prolonged damage may be irreversible and irreparable, even though the problem has been removed. For eastern medicine, it might be impossible to remove it with simply strengthening the body itself. Sometimes, nothing may happen or a dampened effect will happen. One can argue that both is equally as good as the other and benefits when they are used together.

    For the most part, this is an oversimplification/overview of how these types differ. There's too much to cover for specifics. Oh, and as for poisons/toxins, both types of medicine target the root problem (the toxin) first.

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