The contrary forces, Yin and Yang, as interdependent energies complement one another, demonstrating the balance and harmony within the body, mind and spirit.
Often external circumstances can create an imbalance in our bodies, yin may overpower yang and disrupt the regular circulatory flow. As a result, health conditions may arise and disrupt our overall well-being. Yang is known as the fire element to Yin’s water, Moxibustion assists in the restoration of Yang and aiding the effects of Yin’s cold aspects.
Moxibustion has been used for thousands of years, originating from ancient China. The practice involves warming certain areas that correspond with points of acupuncture to direct the blood flow along the true meridian channels, healing and recreating balance in the body. The practitioner holds the burning moxa stick close, an inch or two, to the surface of the patient’s skin, allowing it to produce a penetrating heat that radiates along the jing luo channel. In consideration of the patient’s comfort, Ming Yi Tang uses smokeless moxa sticks.
The mugwort herb used in the process has been considered an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine used directly or indirectly.
The benefits of moxibustion are offered to an array of physical conditions. The treatment can help with joint pain and arthritis, generally associated with cold, stimulating more pain in the winter months. The heat of moxibustion can aid the pain and regulate the flow where cold may be caught in the channels of acupuncture.
It can prevent and help fight against cold, flus and respiratory disorders. Moxa raises the yang immune system, improving blood and lymph circulation and increase the production of white blood cells and antibodies.
In association with acupuncture, the treatment can successfully produce more T cells, that immunosuppressed individuals lack, supporting their overall physical health and fight harmful bacteria from entering the body.
The process can also aid digestion issues as the heat from the moxa stimulates the digestive system, assisting in reducing symptoms of constipation, diarrhoea, cramping and IBS. It has also been used to treat gynaecological conditions and regulate the menstrual cycle.
The benefits of moxibustion can even assist in turning breech babies around in pregnancy. In association with acupuncture, the treatment is applied for a warming effect which motivates movement as the heat rises, encouraging the fetus to lift and gain momentum needed to position itself in the natural birthing position. Through this treatment, mothers can avoid c sections and prevent danger to themselves and their child during the birth.