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”  which shows how central moxibustion is within acupuncture.

Moxibustion is the warming of acupuncture points or needles.  Most often, this is done through burning an herb called mugwort.  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.

How does Moxibustion work?

Just like with acupuncture, moxibustion focuses on correcting the underlying … Read More

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

More than Acupuncture: Moxibustion, Cupping, and Gua Sha

Acupuncture is one of the most powerful and versatile therapies in Chinese medicine, but it is not the only one.  Acupuncturists use many techniques of Traditional East Asian Medicine.  Other techniques include moxibustion, gua sha, and cupping (as well as herbal medicine and acupressure).

Moxibustion

moxa on backMoxibustion is the burning of an herb call mugwort, ai ye in Chinese, 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 is central to acupuncture treatment, the word for moxibustion is actually in … Read More