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Is moxibustion free from harm?

Is moxibustion free from harm?

Moxibustion safety

Many people ask whether moxibustion is free from harm.  It is quite natural that people bring up the question of moxibustion safety.  I would say it would be like asking whether the car is safe.  If the car is driven by a good driver, people in the car would feel comfortable, and there would be no accident.   If it is driven by an unskilled driver, people in the car would feel risky and uncomfortable, and in worse cases there might be accidents involved.  The good thing is that anyone can learn to become a good driver with proper training that will involve rules to follow.

Combining acupuncture and moxibustion

Anyone could learn to become a good moxa specialist with proper training.  Patients treated by the good moxa specialist will experience good moxibustion benefits.  To my regret, not many practitioners know how effective it can be to combine acupuncture and scarring moxibustion.

The safety issue may arise out of patients’ misunderstanding about moxibustion, and practitioners’ lack of experience as well.  Moxibustion is free from harm, but patients should understand it, while practitioners should have sufficient experience.

What is moxibustion?

Scarring moxibustion is a modality that burns on the skin moxa cones of different sizes made out of mugwort.  In the past, People preferred moxa cones as big as a thumb.   We tend to use moxa cones of half a rice grain or a rice grain size nowadays.

The late Namsoo Kim (Gudang)

Dr Namsoo Kim (Gudang), an authority on scarring moxibustion, says that moxa cones of a rice grain size work the best.  Bigger cones make too big scars, and longtime suppurations which may cause discomfort.  Moxa cones of a rice grain size will produce mild heat and stimulation, leave tiny scars, and possible slight suppuration.  Some patients may experience blisters.  It results from too much pressure used in rolling moxa cones.  It could happen depending on the constitutions of the patients.  Interestingly, as blisters are disappearing, there is a tendency that the condition of the patients makes great improvements.  With repeated application of moxa cones, scabs will form on the skin and come off naturally.  Research show that immune system improves in the process.

Patients need full understanding

It is very important that you should explain to the patient what you are going to do with moxibustion in detail.  They should understand benifits from moxibustion as well as possible scars from it. 

For their better understanding, it is desirable that you should demonstrate burning moxa cones on your body.  To this end, you should be able to develop good skills in rolling cones without any difficulty.   In addition to the rolling skill, when you burn the cones, each burning should be done at any identical interval, which will meet their expectation of the next cone coming along and provide them with more relaxation.

Accorind to my experience, when you brief them about details of scarring moxibusiton, most patients accept it and express thanks for adding it to the acupuncture treatments.

Moxibustion is free from harm

Among the merits of scarring moxibustion is that anyone can learn the technique with ease.  The material is inexpensive and affordable.  People can use it as a home therapy.  Patients can relieve themselves of their sufferings sooner.  This is the reason that scarring moxibustion has enjoyed its popularity as a home therapy in Asian countries.

It may not be easy to accept scarring moxibustion in the first beginning.   It may be a good solution to surging medical expense, wellness promotion, and disease prevention. Moxibustioin is free from harm.

By Kihyon

Acupuncture doctor in Beaverton Hillsdale, Oregon.
DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
MsAOM (Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
Kihyon Sohn Acupuncture
10700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy Suite 357
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

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