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Traditional Chinese Medicine


Moxibustion is a therapy form based on Chinese healing methods and part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

It provides treatment for low energy and cold conditions by warming acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris).

Mugwort burns slowly and evenly and produces a mild and at the same time deep warmth. We provide mugwort in the form of cigars, cones, small hats or as loose herbs.

According to TCM, the externally introduced heat removes dampness and cold. Moxibustion also strengthens the flow of blood and Qi through the body. With the help of Moxibustion it is possible to reinforce the declining Yang. A strong Yang strengthens the defenses (= Qi) and prevents pathogenic disruptive factors (such as cold, dampness, wind) from entering.

The blood flow within the tissue is considerably increased. In addition, the so called “head’s zones” support organ functions and strengthen the immune system.

The effect of Moxa can be increased with ginger.

By warming the acupuncture points, the body receives energy in the form of warmth. Illnesses which are connected to a feeling of coldness and a slow, weak pulse can be treated with Moxa. The same applies to Yin meridian illnesses brought on by cold and chronic illnesses such as diarrhea, asthma and edemas. These are connected to a Yang deficiency. Conditions such as fatigue, depressive moods, exhaustion, hypotonia (low blood pressure) and blood flow disruptions react well to a Moxa treatment.

Description and Effects of "Mugwort" (Artemisia vulgaris):

Mugwort grows on all nutrient rich soils. You can find this wild growing medical plant along the road side. Its leaves are deeply serrated and dark green-grey in color. Even the shoots are difficult to spot as they are unassuming and nearly colorless.

In China, it is still used as a “medical herb” even today. Its leaves are placed in tonics and applied, for example, in the above mentioned Moxibustion. Chinese doctors administered Moxa to children as well as old and weak people, because it is less strenuous than acupuncture. Moxa treatments on specific acupuncture points have, among other aspects, a protective effect.

In China wird es auch heute noch als „Medizinkraut“ eingesetzt. Seine Blätter werden in Tonika eingesetzt. Sein Kraut z.B. in der oben beschriebenen Moxibustion. Chinesische Ärzte setzten Moxa-Behandlungen bei Kindern, älteren oder geschwächten Personen ein, weil sie nicht so anstrengend ist, wie die Akupunktur. Moxa-Behandlungen an bestimmten Akupunkturpunkten haben u.a. schützenden Charakter.