Acupuncture and Moxibustion now and then
KhanhThien Moxibustion at the National Conference of Oriental Medicine14 March, 2017
Wormwood sauna to prevent and treat Measles Epidemic14 March, 2017
Acupuncture and moxibustion are the method of impacting on the body's acupuncture points with acupuncture needles or moxa heat to trigger the reaction of the body, regulate yin and yang in the body for the purpose of treatment. In the past, people thought that acupuncture and moxibustion can only cure some common ailments such as back pain, headache, colic, paralyzed, or windstroke,… But in fact, nowadays, not only in
Because acupuncture and moxibustion rebalance yin-yang, regulate the meridian system, reduce pain, recover the motor function, and regulate hormones in the body. Acupuncture and moxibustion are particularly fast acting and effective for conditions such as headaches, insomnia, neurasthenia, physical weakness, acute lumbago, arthritis of shoulder joints, paralysis…
Apart from these common diseases, the application of acupuncture and moxibustion treat many other conditions. Especially it is highly effective for neurological diseases, paralysis, seizures, treatment for children with sequelae due to obstetric complications leading to deaf, cerebral palsy … Moreover, acupuncture and moxibustion can also perform cutting drug addiction, support rehabilitation process efficiently.
Originated from these effective methods, wormwood moxibustion was born. It is the method using moxa (wormwood silk) which is dispensed by wormwood leaves (also known as grand wormwood, mugwort, …) pounded to fine powder, or rolled to bar form – then it is burned above the acupuncture points, using heat and wormwood essential oil, it stimulates acu-points, regulates meridian and gas system, eliminates cold evil energy flow, clears dampness, leads blood, promotes the cell to exchange substances … very effectively.
The traditional moxibustion method is to put a slice of ginger on moxi-points requiring treatment, then take a little of wormwood leaves (which are dried, powdered) and light it up, the purpose is to let the heat and oil of wormwood infiltrate inwards, to warm up meridians and acupuncture points needing treatment.
There are many ways to do moxibustion, can do with garlic slices or salt …
Latter on, medicine has some amendments: roll wormwood into bar as incense sticks to finger sized, burn and keep it above the moxi-points. But according to aerodynamic principles: Hot air goes up. Therefore the amount of wormwood oil supposed to use for treatment flies up with the smoke. Reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
Eg: to carry out moxibustion treatment for vestibular disease or back pain along the spine in traditional way, the preparation time is about 20-30min. The preparation is very troublesome, time consuming for both physician and patient, easily to cause burn, with scar. Some carelessness can lead to danger for patients.
Therefore, the traditional method is no longer suitable for the modern life. Even though knowing that moxibustion has lots of great medicinal effect, the physicians hesitate in applying it because of these draw-backs. Most of the patient come expecting for “acupuncture and moxibustion”, but in fact only receiving “acupuncture” not both process. As the result, moxibustion method – a precious heritage of Oriental Medicine is on the edge of lost.
In the world, there are many scientists using the modern means to improve, based on electronic principles, mathematics, physics … for research, development and modernization of acupuncture and moxibustion to have the most effective way.
Derived from the concern about the limitations of traditional method of moxibustion, like other scientists around the world are concerned about health issues, physician Pham Thi Chan, a Vietnamese woman with a passion for science and folk knowledge. She has studied, experimented, produced and applied successfully "Moxibustion Machine and Wormwood Bar".
This invention is not only useful in the hand of physicians but patients also can maneuver it themselves easily (simply point the machine to the moxi-points), economical yet high result yielding”
With the hope of contributing her part to improve health care service, repel the attack of diseases, she always considers each intervention as a pleasure to rejoice with and benefit people.