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Moxibustion described in Shanghan Lun

Moxibustion mentioned in Shanghan Lun

Shanghan Lun is known as Treatise on Cold Damage Diseases in English. The book could be the next important book after Huang Di Nei Jing. There are a few lines in Shanghan Lun where moxibustion is mentioned. When you practice moxibustion in clinical settings, it can be worth reading the lines to avoid malpractice in moxibustion treatments .

Zhang, Zhongjing wrote Shanghan Lun during Han Dynasty in ancient China. He developed six stage pattern differentiations. It is said that these can be used for cold damage diseases as well as miscellaneous diseases.

Moxibustion malpractice cases in Shanghan Lun

Here are two lines in the book that describe moxibustion or fire.

Line 120
In Taiyang disease, the fire warming method is used. However, it fails to promote sweating. The patient will certainly become restless. If it is not resolved in the meridian, the patient will undoubtedly have a bloody bowel movement. It is called a fire pathogen.

Line 121
When there is a floating pulse and heat, moxibustion is applied. However, this is the excess. The excess is mistaken for the deficiency. As a result, the fire will certainly cause a dry throat and bloody sputum.

According to Neijing, a hollow pulse needs moxibustion. Moxbustion needs to be applied when yang qi is deficient. It is natural that fire causes blood to flow. In the first line, fire results in a bloody bowel movement. In the second line, fire causes bloody sputum. These are good examples of moxibustion malpractice.

The principle of Taiyang disease is a floating pulse, stiffness and pain in the head and nape, and aversion to cold.

In the first line, sweating is not promoted, and the stagnated heat is not released through sweating. Moreover, the heat becomes more intense due to the fire heating method, and it gets deeper into the interior, resulting a bloody bowel movement.

By Kihyon

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