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Chinese Moxibustion

Acupuncture – Chinese moxibustion technique, what is that?

Actually, there are two operative parts to acupuncture – one is operations with needles and the other is with fire. Both of them are essential and correlative for curing illnesses.

Needless to say, acupuncture Chinese moxibustion refers to curing with fire. And it pretty much refers to the Jiu in Zhen Jiu (the Chinese name for acupuncture).

Acupuncture and moxibustion are an important invention of the Chinese nation. In ancient literature, there were many legends about the origin of acupuncture and moxibustion such as Fu Xi's creation of the therapeutic techniques with stone needles, and Huang Di's invention of acupuncture and moxibustion.

The origin of acupuncture Chinese moxibustion can be dated back to the Eolithic age. It was believed that a housewife who was cooking found relief from her ache while she was standing near the fire at the stove. This has gradually evolved and medical herbs were later added to fume the body and improve health.

The methods in common use are moxibustion with moxa cone and cupping. The basic principle is to place a glass jar over the body and allow it to “cup” the body by putting fire in the jar. This heating forces the air out of the jar and causes a “suction vortex” so that the jar sticks to the skin. This causes the stasis of blood to be stimulated and “massage” the internal organs of the patient. The moxa cone can also be used for the same effect.

Of course, acupuncture Chinese moxibustion must be done with precision and it targets the relevant acupuncture points or meridians of the body so that the targeted illness can be cured. Ginger and mashed garlic are also added as medicinal herbs as and when required.

Normally, the jar is allowed to stay on the body for about 15 to 20 minutes, and treatment has to be done over a period of time.

Besides these traditional methods of acupuncture Chinese moxibustion, people have now made improvements on the methods. Nowadays, possible equipment used include the microwave needle moxibustion, electronic needle moxibustion, acupoint injection, acupoint magnetotherapy, and so on.

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