Acupoints to moxibustion for health preservation

Moxibustion therapy is an external therapy of Chinese medicine. It is an easy method to learn and use, which can make Qi and blood back to be in harmony and regulating meridians. In China a lot of people use moxibustion at home for health preservation daily.

How does moxibustion realize health preservation

In Chinese medicine, the smooth movement of Qi and blood in meridians is very important for maintaining normal functions of organs and keeping the health of the body. The Qi and blood flow when getting warm, but stagnate when getting cold. Moxibustion is hot in nature and can warm the meridians and promote the flowing of Qi and blood.

The leaves of Chinese mugwort (Artemisia argyi) are pungent and bitter in taste, and warm in nature, acting on the meridians of liver, spleen and kidneys. After the leaves of mugwort are made into moxa floss, with the help of fire, moxibustion has the effect of stimulating Yang and strengthening the vital Qi of the body.

In the human body, Yang-Qi maintains the position of internal organs through upward movement, and stengthens the defence of the skin against external pathogenic factors. Moxibustion promotes the function of Yang-Qi, so it is a convenient method to strength the body’s ability against ailments. It is a practice of the theory of treating the body before it gets illness.

Stimulation on certain acupoints has the effect of invigorating internal organs. The combination of herbal nature and heating power makes moxibustion effective to act on meridians through stimulating acupuncture points, and then achieve the effect of promoting the functions of the internal organs. Therefore, there is a saying, „For a place that herbal effect and acupuncture stimulation cannot reach, moxibustion is required.”

Moxibustion should not be applied to the abdomen and lumbosacral region of a pregnant woman.

Moxibustion methods for health preservation

In the practice of moxibustion, people use moxa cones or moxa cigars. In modern times, the use of a moxa cone is not to directly put it on the skin, but put it on a piece of ginger or garlic, or a specially made herbal cake. For the purpose of health maintenance, the moxibustion for an acupoint may use 3 to 5 moxa cones, or use a moxa cigar for 15 to 20 minutes.

Acupoints for health preservation

Gao Huang (BL43)

The acupoint is beside the lower edge of the spinous process of the fourth thoracic vertebra, and the distance between the point and the centre line of the back is 3 Cun (here 1 Cun is approximately equal to the width of the interphalangeal joint of a thumb of the person who accepts the therapy). Moxibustion of the point has the effect of strengthening the body. The moxibustion of Gao Huang only only improves cough, shortness of breath and night sweats, but also improves the conditions caused by chronic consumptive illness.

Ming Men (GV4)

The acupoint is located in the fossa below the spinous process of the second lumbar vertebrae on the centre line of the back. The moxibustion of the acupoint invigorates the Yang of the kidneys, so it is especially suitable for old people to relieve the pain of low back and lower abdomen, to improve the mobility of legs and to improve loose stool.

The strengthening of the Yang of the kidneys is beneficial to improve the quality of sexual life. The moxibustion of the acupoint can also improve the disorders of menstruation. Though a famous ancient therapist named Zhang Jingyue warned that the moxibustion of the acupoint Ming Men should be avoided for young women with childbearing age, the acupoint is still used nowadays for improving the infertility of women in China.

Zhong Wan (CV12)

The acupoint is located in the centre line of the abdomen and 4 Cun above the center of umbilicus. It is an important point for invigorating the spleen and stomach. The moxibustion of the acupoint relieves stomach pain and the feeling of abdomen distension, and improves vomiting and loss of appetite.

Shen Que (CV8)

The acupoint is located at the centre of the umbilicus. It is a point that is only suitable for moxibustion but forbidden for acupuncture. The moxibustion of the point has the effect of strengthening Yang and benefiting Qi, warming the kidneys and invigorating the spleen. The moxibustion of Shen Que relieves the pain of umbilical region and the feeling of abdomen distension, and improves diarrhea and edema.

During moxibustion for the point, a moxa cone is put on fine salt which fills the umbilicus.

Qi Hai (CV6)

The acupoint is located 1.5 Cun below the center of the umbilicus in the centre line of the abdomen. The moxibustion of the point strengthens the Qi of the internal organs, and invigorating the Yang-Qi of the body. It helps the recovery of the body from exhaustion and emaciation. The moxibustion of the acupoint relieves abdomen pain, and improves diarrhea and the disorders of menstruation. Moreover, the moxibustion of Qi Hai improves the quality of sexual life.

Guan Yuan (CV4)

The acupoint is located 3 Cun below the center of the umbilicus in the centre line of the abdomen. The moxibustion of the point has the similar effect like Qi Hai.

Zu San Li (ST36)

The acupoint is located 3 Cun below the acupoint Du Bi (ST35, located in the fossa of the outer side of the patellar ligament). Moxibustion of Zu San Li can invigorate the spleen and stomach, promote digestion and absorption, and strengthen the body. Moxibustion of Zu San Li not only relieves the stomach pain, the feeling of abdomen distension and diarrhea, but also improves the emaciation caused by chronic consumptive illness.

Yong Quan (KI1)

The acupoint is located on the lowest area on the centre line of the sole of a foot when toes are curled. Moxibustion of the point invigorates the kidneys to strengthen the Yang and benefits the heart to calm the mind.

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