Moxa is a common herb (Artemisia vulgaris) that is traditionally used to heat and stimulate acupuncture points.
Moxa is actually an inseparable part of acupuncture treatment. By needling acupuncture points we stimulate the body through electric stimulation – inserting metal into a sack of fluids (that’s right – our body is basically a sack of fluid).
Moxa, however, stimulates the body through thermal influence. This provides a very different therapeutic impact than acupuncture.
There are many classical Chinese texts that discuss Moxa therapy, its indications and applications. Most of these texts date back from the 7th century AD. Ancient Chinese medical texts dating back to 200 BC however did not discuss Moxa very much. The reason is probably that Moxa was considered as a common therapy for the common people, which is practiced by the local village healers, each with his or her unique and secret prescriptions for different ailments. On the other hand, acupuncture was considered at that time to be a futuristic sophisticated medicine using fine metals, expensive and unique items that only the upper class could afford.
In the 6th century much knowledge arrived to Japan from China, including medical knowledge. Japanese doctors were very interested in Moxa therapy and throughout the centuries refined this treatment to a form of art. Japan nurtured the most talented and clinically effective Moxa practitioners. Moxa was used for the most persistent diseases, for which no other therapy had been effective. For example, Tuberculosis was treated very effectively with Moxa only. In Japan, Moxa is a therapy by its own requiring a specific permit to practice it.
Master Hukaya and Master Sawada were the most prominent Moxa specialists in 20th century Japan. These masters collected clinical effective and proven Moxa prescriptions for a wide variety of ailments. Dr. Hara, another Japanese Moxa specialist, spent his entire life studying and researching the great effect Moxa has on the body.
Dr. Hara, in particular, researched the famous acupuncture point St.36 located beneath the knee. According to Dr. Hara who died at the age 108, this point does not only influence how long you live but also how well you live. Dr. Hara claimed that the “disease is not cured by someone else, but through regenerative powers within”.
Moxa and the immune system
One of the most researched and proven effects of Moxa is its positive effect on the immune system. It acts as an anti-inflammatory stimulant and serves as a “kickstart” to the immune system treating, for example, weak immune system, hard to recover from colds, easy to catch colds, allergies, autoimmune problems, chronic and acute inflammations etc.
Since Moxa was traditionally used by common people it is easy to do at home, and many times upon request we can give Moxa "kits" to take home and work on specific points for everyday good health.