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Moxibustion is a type of traditional therapy used in Chinese medicine. The moxa is created from dried Mugwort. The dried Mugwort is processed into a light fluffy material. After processing the Mugwort it is typically burned or tightly rolled into a stick. The moxa is then burnt onto the patient’s skin, or it can be applied using acupuncture needles. Many who practice Chinese medicine claim the moxa can cure many different types of diseases and chronic conditions. Traditional medicine has not provided any proof that moxa works as a cure for any disease or chronic condition.
The Benefits of Moxibustion
Those who practice Chinese medicine claim that moxibustion can be used to treat the following medial conditions:
• Chronic Hypertension
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Through the use of this integrated therapy, those who practice moxibustion hope to warm regions by stimulating blood flow and enhancing circulation. This holistic healing process is typically used to treat chronic conditions often associated with yang deficiencies. Those who practice traditional Chinese medicine prefer moxibustion to acupuncture. They claim that it can treat chronic conditions, and add energy to the body. Many who practice traditional Chinese medicine claim that moxibustion can treat cancer, hypertension, and heart conditions. However there is no solid evidence to support those claims. It has been demonstrated that moxibustion can be used to treat babies in the breach position and get them to turn. The moxibustion can release hormones such as prostaglandins and estrogen, and that may make the unborn child change positions in the uterus.
The Application of Moxibustion Therapy
Often small rice size pieces of moxa are burnt into the skin by using acupuncture and pressure points. This process is designed to increase the healing quality of traditional acupuncture. With direct moxibustion a small amount of moxa is placed on an acupuncture needle point and burned directly into the skin. In order to prevent any skin damage, many who practice moxibustion will place a small amount of ginger on the skin, to prevent any permanent scarring. Many who practice Chinese medicine are very familiar with this type of therapy. Through this form of integrative medicine many claim to get immediate relief from chronic medical conditions. Often this form of therapy is used as a backup procedure to acupuncture.