Aging healthy!

Aging healthy 1

Living Longer and Living well is what everyone in the globe is yearning for.  It is said that a king in old China tried every means possible to find aging-stopping herbs, but in vain.  It is not difficult to find articles that introduce a variety of good ways of living longer and living well.  These can be food, herbs, exercise, etc.  There are too many things in the market that can promote health.

According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), people died from chronic diseases and degenerative illnesses rather than acute illnesses and infectious diseases during the past century.  Surprisingly, 66% of the health care budget is spent on treating the patients with multiple chronic conditions, which more than a quarter of all Americans and two out of every three older Americans suffer from.[CDC]  Thanks to longer life span and aging baby boomers, one of every five Americans will be an older adult in 2030.[CDC]

Living longer should come together with living well.  What is the use of living longer in hospital beds?  There is nothing that can stop aging.  It would be wiser to focus on aging healthy.  I would like to introduce another way of aging healthy, which is moxibustion.  This is very cost-effective, easy to follow, and beneficial to your health and emotion, and preventive against chronic diseases.  If you master this, it would cost you only less than 15 dollars a month.

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Treatment of Sequelae of Gall Bladder Cancer with Scarring Moxa

Case study: Gall bladder cancer

This is an exerpt from the book, 무극보양뜸 (Infinite Nourishing Moxibustion).  Here is another benefit from direct scarriing moxibustion.

  • Disease name:  Gall Bladder Cancer, stage 4. Metastasis to lymph nodes and abdominal cavity.
  • Patient:  52 years old, male. used to work in the finance industry.
  • Onset:  Diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, stage 4, in April 30, 2013.  Started with anticancer treatments since surgery was not possible.
  • First visit:  June 10, 2013

The patient was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer stage 4, and surgery was not possible at that time.  He was receiving anticancer treatments when he first visited the clinic.  The patient complained of frequent fatigue, frequent wakeup, and emotional disorder.  Since acumoxa treatments, he had experienced stability in his emotions, and he had hardly suffered any side effects from the anticancer treatments, which aroused envy among the other cancer patients.  The patient regained strength and experienced improvement in his sleep quality significantly.

  • Acupuncture prescription:  acupuncture basic protocol + BL23, BL18, BL19, BL20(R), ST21, ST24(R), RN14
  • Moxibustion prescription:  moxibustion basic protocol + BL23, BL18, BL19, BL20(R), ST21, ST24(R), RN14
  • 7 acumoxa treatments were provided.  The patient was receiving self moxa care for 7 months.

Case Study 1 (Liver cancer)

Case study 1: Liver cancer

The case study is an excerpt from the book, 무극보양뜸 (Infinite Nourishing Moxibustion).

  • Patient:  54 years, Male
  • Disease name:  Liver cancer
  • Patient’s occupation:  Journalist
  • Etiology:  Liver cirrhosis and cancer due to hepatitis B
  • Onset:  Liver cancer surgery on Jan 2012
  • First visit:  Feb 13, 2013

He had two tumors size of 3.5cm removed, and hepatitis B was to blame for the tumors.  He did not receive any anticancer treatments.  Instead, he took care of himself with moxibustion at a temple in Gangwon provence, Korea.  The reason for his first visit was to have accurate moxa points marked on himself.  He reported that before receiving self moxa care, he used to experience palpitation, frequent wakeup, and frequent nose bleeding.  He experienced so severe fatigue and itchiness that his doctor recommended he receive liver transplant immediately.  After he received acumoxa treatments from the clinic, his regular checkup confirmed that he did not have any need for liver transplant, AFP (Alpha-fetoprotein), tumor marker, came down to the normal range, and that cirrhosis did not become worse.  He returned to his work position as journalist, which he had to quit due to the cancer.

  • Acupuncture prescription: basic protocol + DU3, BL23, BL18, ST21(R), RN10
  • Moxa prescription: basic protocol + DU3, BL23, BL18, ST21(R), RN10
  • He received three treatments.  Since then, he had been having self moxa care himself everyday for a year.

Gudang Acumoxa Protocols

Gudang Acumoxa protocols

Further to the article about the treatment of sequelae of cancer patients with direction moxibustion, here are the point prescriptions for acupuncture needles and direct scarring moxibustion as well.  No wonder anyone who read the article will be wondering about the points.  I will call his technique “Gudang Acuomoxa therapy” for convenience’ sake.

The needles he uses were 0.20 x 50mm, DBC, Korea.  The depth of needling was 0.5 – 1 cun.  The retention time was about 15 minutes.  He used perpendicular needling, and no manipulation was applied.  His idea about acupuncture needling is that thin needles are not meant for stimulation, but for unblocking the obstruction.  I hope to write about it in the future.

There are points for acupuncture needles and moxibustion he always uses regardless of diseases.  I will call them “Gudang protocols.”  There are two different protocols for acupuncture and direct moxibustion.

The acupuncture protocol is BL60, BL40, BL23, BL43, SI11, SJ15, GB20, BL10, DU20, LV3, GB34, LI4, LI10, RN12, ST4, GB1, and Yin Tang.  Some of them can be omitted or new points can be added, depending on the conditions.

The moxa protocol is DU20, BL13, BL43, LI11, RN12, ST36, RN6 and RN4 for men, and DU20, BL13, BL43, LI11, RN3, and ST28 for women.

The protocols are the points he found beneficial to all different patients, as a result of his practice experience, which is about 80 years.  The protocols are the foundation on which he adds more points according to disease patterns.

There are some merits in Gudang Acumoxa Therapy.  They are easy replication, better outcome with combination of acupuncture and moxibustion, preventive medicine, and so on.  I will go further next time!

Treatment of Sequelae of Cancer patients with Direct Moxibustion

Treatment of side effects of Chemotherapy

This is the excerpt from the book, 무극보양뜸 (Infinite Nourishing Moxibustion), written by Dr Namsu Kim (“Gudang”).  I hope that the translation will be helpful for those who do not understand the Korean language.  The clinic trains the patients to do direct moxa at home, sometimes with help from their family.  This is how the patients recover from their diseases sooner.  Once the patients have their first treatments, they have moxa points marked clearly and burned.  They use the points for self moxa treatments.

The Gudang clinic selected 100 patients among the cancer patients Gudang treated for a year between Jan 21, 2013 and Jan 21, 2014.  He intended to study the effectiveness of direct moxa treatments.

The data is based on the intake during their first visit, and the questionaire which was done after the treatments or through phone conversation.  The patients had moxa done at home for more than a month.

(1) Age and Sex of Cancer Patients

Cancer moxibustion

As we get older, there is likely more risks of having cancers.  There were more cancer patients in the age group of the fifties to seventies.


(2) Number of Patients by the Cancer

There were 24 different cancers.  Breast cancer came first, followed by Lung cancer, Stomach cancer, etc.

(3) Chief Complaints

moxibustion chemotherapy

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy damge normal cells along with cancer cells.  Most of the patients suffer from hair loss, decrease in white blood cell and platelet, which results in chronic fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, and so on.  The patients complained of being lethargic and tired, followed by pain, insomnia, shortness of breath, etc.

(4) Type of Treatments

number of moxa treatment

Some of the patients had more than two treatments.  There were 19 cancer patients who were in the terminal stage.  All 80 patients, except for one breast cancer patient, who refused surgery and chemotherapy, came to the clinic after received surgeries.  Most of the patients had 1 to 3 surgeries, and 1 to 29 chemotherapies.  Some had 33 radiation therapies.

(5) Frequency of self moxa treatment

frequency of moxa treatment

68 % of the patients had moxa done on a daily basis.  84% of the patients had moxa done, when we counted in the patients who did moxa 3 to 4 times a week.

(6) Degree of Improvement

improvement from moxibustion

95% of the patients reported they experienced improvement.

(7) Degree of Satisfaction

satisfaction with moxibustion

95% of the patients responded that moxa was helpful.

(Excerpt from 무극보양뜸)