HOW DOES MOXIBUSTION WORK?
This method of Moxibustion (semi-direct or Jap. Chinetskyu) shown in figure 1: gently warms the abdomen.
The cones are placed on “Mu” Alarm Points of digestion to strengthen the body’s capability to produce blood. This is helpful in fatigue, menses pain, and digestive problems. The treatment with Moxa feels pleasant and relaxing and the smell of Moxa is very beautiful. Research has been done in Japan that shows moxa smoke can shrink lung tumours, and in small quantities it is very therapeutic.
Moxa is made from Mugwort, a truly magic plant as it can stop internal bleeding when used internally, and can promote micro-circulation when used externally. To determine the best location to perform moxibustion we follow Japanese Meridian Therapy techniques and touch the abdomen (and any other necessary points) to find this information.
Figure 2. depicts an ancient graph of the Abdomen aka HARA. There are a few different variations to this ancient diagram, depending on the development period of the Oriental Medicine, some masters add different diagnostic characteristics and show pathology in different areas as this overlaps with the meridian locations as well.
The beautiful fact, documented in Nan Jing (Difficult Classics), is that the abdomen, or rather Hara, will show the condition of the patient very clearly. It will show the progression of disease as well as the progression of healing. On the other hand in the Classics it says that it is possible that a person can have a good pulse but die soon. It is not possible with Hara, as it can not hide anything regarding health. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Medicine abdominal diagnosis is an excellent source of information on diagnosis and healing.