Benefits of Direct Moxibustion 3

This continues from Benefits of Direct Moxibustion 2.

3) It changes the components of blood. 

Blood is fluid that flows into the vessel.  The microscope shows that blood corpuscles, such as white blood cell, red blood cell, and platelet, float in the plasma. The plasma consists of various nutrients, hormones and immune substances.

a) Red blood cell increase 

Research show that moxibustion significantly increases red blood cells after a few month application. Red blood cells, also called erythrocytes, have hemoglobin that can transport oxygen and carbon dioxide. Increased red blood cells mean increased capability to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide.  With more supplies in the tissues, their activities will become stronger, thereby improving health and strengthening resistance against diseases.  Moxibustion  can increase red blood cells, and it will be effective for those who are anemic or lacking in blood.

b) White blood cell increase 

White blood cells fight against intruders and kill them. When there is any inflammation, they are the first that shows up around the area.  Moxibustion can increase white blood cells, and it can be effective for any inflammations, such as sores, tonsillitis, eye inflammation, and so on.

c) Hemostasis

When blood touches air, it tends to become solid, which is called coagulation. Moxibustion can make coagulation faster.

d) Immunity 

We receive immune substances from our mothers, and vaccination is provided to supplement them.  Moxibustion can produce many immune substances.  Thus, moxibustion will be effective for disease prevention and resistance.

e) Prevention of Blood acidosis

Blood acidosis can have a detrimental effect on nervous systems, brain, bones, etc, which will put our life at risk.  Moxibustion can prevent blood acidification, thereby changing the constitution.

Benefits of Direct Moxibustion 2

This continues from Benefits of Direct Moxibustion 1.

2) It improves blood circulation. 
Blood circulates in the body with heart being the center. It provides energy for the body to work by transporting oxygen from lung and nutrition from stomach to each organ. It also sends unnecessary substances and carbon dioxide to each excretory organs.  If there is something wrong with blood circulation, our body will not work somewhere in our body. Moxibustion can have a great effect on blood circulation. When you apply moxibustion, it will increase blood flow to the area.  If blood is collected and overflowing somewhere in the body, applying moxibustion somewhere distal to the area can lead to blood circulation in the affected area.

Moxibustion is effective in helping movement of the heart. It can improve the contracting force of the heart muscle and spurt blood out of the heart forcefully.  It can also expand capillaries in the extremities remote from the heart and improve blood circulation.  You may feel cold in your hands and feet due to poor blood circulation, or experience poor sleep, dizziness with dimming vision, or edema in your legs from being on your feet too long.  In the cases, if you apply moxibustion according to each condition, it will improve blood circulation and lead to faster relief of the condition.

In addition, moxibustion can promote circulation of lymph. Lymph nodes in neck, armpits and groin areas will protect our body against substances detrimental to our body and do detoxification as well. It will help transport the substances to the lymph nodes and promote detoxification.

Thus, moxibustion will strengthen heart and improve circulation of blood and lymph, thereby regulating circulation of our whol body. This is why it is effective for any disorders related to circulation.

Benefits of Direct moxibustion 1

I am happy to have a little time to translate benefits of direct moxibustion from Theory and Practicality of Moxibustion, written by Dr Namsoo Kim (Gudang). Since this is too long, there will be several blogs to continue in the future.  I hope this will be of some help for those who are interested in moxibustion.

Direct moxibustion is to burn mugwort wool on the skin and leave burns on it. This produces a histotoxin in the body.  Its chemical stimulus reacts to the body, thereby regulating or recovering the functions of our body.

Heat stimulation from applying moxibustion affects the nervous systems and produce responses in the body.  It will have different effects, depending on the intensity, quantity, burning time, etc. It is difficult to control them. However, it may be useful to use sensitive zones. They are known to influence the movement of intestines and change in hormones.

Direct moxibustion produces minor burns on the skin.  A special protein produced by cell dissolution is absorbed and circulated in the blood.  It responds noticeably where there is any disorder, and then it expedites healings.

Moxibustion affects autonomic nervous system and secretion of hormones which help balance the body. Gastric ulcer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, neuralgia, etc tend to result from fatigue and stress. This is the result of imbalance in autonomic nervous system and secretion of hormones. Research shows that moxibustion is a good stimulus to relieve stress and fatigue.

Here are specific benefits from direct moxibustion.

1) It activates cell movement.  

The minimal unit of the human body is cells. The cells are as small as several microns, and they work as a life.  The skin, sinews, bones, nerves and vessels are all the collection of cells. When our body feels tired and sick, movement of each cell will become slow. For example, injuries, cerebral hemorrhage, stomach ulcer, and cancers will mean change in cells, in other words, destruction and transformation of cells.

When we apply moxibustion on these cells, we see tissue cells damaged temporarily.  However, they return to their original state once you have stopped application.  A protein is produced by moxibustion in the burn area. It circulates in the blood, and activates the cells or promotes regeneration by stimulating the weak cells. Even when we feel under the weather or lethargic, applying moxa cones will invigorate our cells and make our body feel light and energetic.  It can help expedite regenerating damaged tissues.  This can be seen in early healings of wounds and bone fractures. It helps activate movement of cells and invigorates our body.  It is highly useful for treatments and disease prevention as well.

Stroke prevention 

Here is stroke prevention from Huh Im. 

All kinds of wind and shaking belong to Liver Wood. The twisted mouth is due to unbalanced upright qi, which is related to too much drinking, excessive sexual activity, and unbalanced diet. 

Obese people retain much moisture, while lean people retain much fire.  Before people develop strokes, they tend to experience aching, painful and numbing sensation, which is relieved after a long care. This is the symptom of forthcoming strokes. You should immediately apply three moxa cones at acupuncture points ST36 족삼리 and GB39 절골 bilaterally.   And then, you should have the moxa points washed with decoction of peppermint tree, peach tree and willow tree, and let them suppurate.  

If the condition becomes better in spring, you should apply moxa in autumn again. If it does in autumn, you should do it in spring again. After applying moxa, you should avoid raw fish, cold food, chicken, pork, alcohol, noodle, and sexual activity. You should be careful of exposure to wind and getting angry. If you do not avoid this, even ghost would not save you. 



Tremors can be seen in Parkinson’s, anxiety disorders, etc.  Involuntary shaking becomes worse when affected by emotional changes sometimes.  Huh Im prescribed the protocol for involuntary shaking hands and shoulders.   

Apply 7 moxa cones at acupuncture point PC3 곡택.

Add LV3 태충, BL18 간유, and HT7 신문.