What is it?
Heat therapy is a technique based on the placement of a stalk or cone on the inflamed or patient area of the body in traditional Chinese medicine, a burning wormwood (Artemesia vulgaris). The cone is placed on an acupuncture point and burned. The cone is taken from where it was placed before burning the skin. The aim is to stimulate and strengthen the blood and life energy in the body or QI. Wormwood resembles a cigar.
Moxibustion is a combustion/warming technique, an energy improvement application is made using a healing herb called crayfish. A hot moxa bar is used by a trained practitioner-acupuncturist in certain parts of the body.
Moxa therapy is used for people with a cold or still structure. The moxa stalk is burned to heat the blood and qi in people who do not have a good circulation.
Heat therapy is almost always used in conjunction with acupuncture as a complementary technique. In Japan, there are also diploma-taking practitioners as heat therapy specialists. It is used for a wide variety of diseases, depending on the patient’s needs and the story. Therefore, it is difficult to predict the cost and length of treatment. Similar to acupuncture, it is sometimes covered by insurance or worker compensation. The patients can be taught how to heal themselves, and moxa sticks are easily purchasable.
The actual Chinese term used for acupuncture is fully translated as “Acupuncture-moxibustion”. More than 3000 years ago, in China, the Shang dynasty ruled, and the application was found to have hieroglyphs related to acupuncture and moxibustion on bones and turtle shells, meaning that the practice was also outdated. The root word “Moxa” is actually derived from Japanese.
* Heat therapy is used to heat the blood and qi by using the Moxa stalk for people with a cold or still structure and the blood flow is regulated in the body.
* Heat therapy is also used in the treatment of inflammations. For example, for a patient with tendinitis, the stick is ensured to reduce inflammation in the elbow area.
* At the same time, for menstrual crabs, the stick can be prevented from swinging on the abdominal region. Often crablies disappear suddenly. For menstrual craves, Meridian is treated in the midline of the lower abdomen of the belly, called the Rhine Canal. For menstrual crits, heat therapy is used one time.
* Treatment gives a feeling of warmth and helps strengthen the blood’s activities.
* For infants with a Makat presentation (which is reversed in the uterus), the BL 67 Aku Point on the outer part of the small toe is stimed. It is especially known for its ability to return to the head-down position, which is considered safer during childbirth. Heat therapy significantly increases fetal movements in pregnant women. In a study of the American Medical Association, 1998, 75 percent of pregnant women who participated in the study returned to their normal position in the opposite standing fetuses.
In traditional Chinese medicine, human beings are believed to be part of the universe, and the universal power that exists in everything, i.e. energy, is found inside the human being. This life energy, called ‘ Chi ‘, is circulating in our bodies called ‘ meridians ‘ and invisible channels. According to Chinese Medicine; If the life energy circulates freely in these meridians, there is no health problem. However, if a bottleneck occurs in the energy flow, the system deteriorates, and as a result, physical or mental illness begins to evolve.
In Moxa therapy, we have a target body that solves the blockages of the “Qi” ducts and allows the energy to flow back. Thus, our body uses “Qi” in the elimination or alleviation of diseases by mobilizing the self-healing power.
* Heat therapy is especially used in patients with a cold and still structure. Therefore, if the patient’s body temperature is high, it should not enter into heat therapy. An expert practitioner can advise patients about these problems.
* Because heat therapy mostly involves burning wormwood stalks, people with respiratory problems should refrain from using the burning wormwood stems. There are also smokeless wormwood stals and patients with respiratory difficulties can choose this method.
* A small detail of the moxa stick is kept very close to the patient can consist of only a few external burns.
Heat therapy has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, and as a result, it is largely accepted in Asia. In the West, in particular, it is gaining popularity due to its ability to translate babies with breech presentation. Many studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association praise the use of this therapy.
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