Acupuncture and Moxibustion

The Meaning of Zhen Jiu ( 针灸)

Moxibustion on HandAcupuncture is not just acupuncture.  In fact, the word for acupuncture in Chinese, Zhen Jiu, actually  translates to “acupuncture and moxibustion.” This  shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture.

Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles. This is done through burning an herb called mugwort.

Moxibustion is a wonderful treatment for chronic pain or chronic fatigue syndrome.

It can also be done with heat lamps as well as herbal lotions.

In my office, we use smokeless moxibustion because it is treated and does not create much smoke.

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Recommending Acupuncture for Back Pain

Back pain has a huge impact on a person.  It is one of the most common reasons to call out of work in fact.  Acupuncture has been used for back pain for millennia and has been gaining acceptance as an effective and safe treatment.

Within recent years, the New England Journal of Medicine has written in favor of acupuncture for back pain.  The authors, all respected and established researchers, carefully analyze the current situation with regards to back pain, and even though there is controversy in the research, recommend treatment.

Some acupuncture skeptics ask why would these scientists make a … Read More

Acupuncture Therapies: Moxibustion, Cupping, and Gua Sha

Acupuncture is a powerful and versatile therapy.

Acupuncture therapy is more than just acupuncture.  We will also include techniques such as moxibustion, gua sha, and cupping.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is the burning of an herb call mugwort close to specific acupuncture points or on the needle itself.  It is used to warm and add energy to the acupuncture point.  It also is good for moving stagnation.

Moxibustion may be used to joint pain to remove the cold from the joints. It is also famously used in pregnancy with breech birth.

Moxibustion can be done by warming the needle, as … Read More