Dr. Angelica Kokkalis, O.M.D L.Ac.

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What is Moxibustion Therapy?

Moxibustion Therapy

A method of applying therapeutic heat produced by ignited moxa wool or roll over the well defined skin surfaces. The moxa is made by an herb called “Artemisia Bulgaris”. Moxibustion has the function of removing obstruction from the channel and regulating the Qi and blood. It regulates the function of the endocrine and nervous system and promotes the function of the immune system. It also promotes the function of the Chong and Ren channels in controlling blood to nourish the fetus and correct improper fetus position. For instance, Wang Wen-shi used moxibustion on Zhiyin (UB67) to treat 2069 pregnant women with malpposition of uterus. One treatment lasting 10-15 minutes was given every day. Four treatments were considered as one course. 90.32% were cured after one to five courses of treatment (1869 cases). Doctors from the third teaching hospital in Guang Zhou recorded 1218 cases of the same problem treated in 12 different hospitals. Their results were 80.2% cured cases. Laboratory research proved that this method can promote secretion from the suprarenal cortex and promotes the movement of the uterus. One hour after moxibustion the fetus movement reached a peak or in the evening of the day that the patient had received the treatment. Yie Qingfang has reported that an effective rate of 88.55 was achieved in treating 260 cases with lactation deficiency, by applying moxibustion on Tanzhong (Ren 17).