My first Moxibustion treatment – by Julie Jurgan

I am very much into chinese traditional medicine and I have to admit I tried a lot of holistic therapies and treatments. Still chinese traditional medicine for me is one of the best treatments I have ever experienced when it comes to acute physical pain or problems.

It doesn’t matter if its acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietics or Moxibustion these treatmens will make a long lasting positive impact on your health. Brought up with a mother who is a homeopathic I have always been drawn to herbal remedies and medicine. I read a lot of books, did different courses to expand and deepen my knowledge. I came across all sorts of different healing methods from spiritual, trance healing to Reiki healing, shamanic practice, Bachflower remedies, buddhist blessings, alchemy and others.

Through my experience and research I learnt a lot about how important it is to include a holistic approach in healing body, mind and spirit. When it comes to physical problems or pain I very much still choose the chinese traditional medicine to bring me back into balance.

Even this time when I suffered from a trapped nerve in my shoulder the chinese medicine found a wear to help me.

The universe brought me a nice surprise when one of my friends, a Qi Gong Teacher suddenly turned up at my house saying: “I have got a present for you…I am sure you will like it”.

For weeks I have been suffering from nerve pain in my right shoulder. I tried Tai Chi exercises, yoga as well as massages but nothing really seemed to reach out to the source of the problem. Therefore I was more than happy to try a new approach in addressing my physical pain. Even I know a lot about chinese traditional medicine I never had a Moxa treatment before. And the more I was excited to try it and see what would happen.

I layed down on the floor in a comfortable position and waited till my friend lightened up the Mugworth which was put into a Moxabox and then placed on my belly.

A very warm and gentle feeling started to spread across my tummy and all over my body. While the burned Mugworth filled the room and additionally cleansed and cleared my respitory system.

I closed my eyes and just relaxed into the state of calmness and peace. This lasted for about 30min when I suddenly felt a muscle spasm in my right shoulder. Not knowing how the Moxabox could have reached out to the nerve in my right shoulder as it was placed on my tummy – I felt something releasing.

The muscle or nerve spasm only lasted for 10seconds and afterwards I felt the pain suddenly has disappeared. After telling my friend about my experience she explained to me: “Placing the Moxa Box on your tummy has the result that it does affect your central nervous system. The heat from the burnt Mugworth helps to relax and release any tension in your nervous system no matter where in the body they are.”

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Based on centuries of research, practice and understanding the chinese have created a repertoire about the imbalance of body, mind and spirit and how to treat it. No other traditional medicine has ever fascinated me as much as the traditional chinese medicine. I am still learning new things and ways how to bring my body back into balance and also how to prevent it to come out of balance.

The Moxa Treatment really helped me to release a lot of tension caused by stress which expressed itself in a trapped nerve in my right shoulder. I can only recommend to anyone to have a deeper look into this kind of treatment or look out for a chinese traditional doctor.

IMG_20151206_132341Julie Jurgan the Founder of Blossom of the Soul,  is an inspirational writer, medium and healer. She offers her spiritual guidance to everyone in need. If you would like to book a session with Julie..please have a look here.

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More about Moxibustion – keep on reading….

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Moxibustion by Li Tang, Song dynasty

Moxibustion in Michael Bernhard Valentini’s Museum Museorum (Frankfurt am Main, 1714)

Samples of Japanese Moxa. Left to right: processed mugwort (1st stage); processed mugwort (2nd stage); coarse Moxa for indirect moxibustion; usual quality for indirect and direct moxibustion; superior quality for direct moxibustion.

Traditional moxibustion set from Ibuki (Japan)

Stick–on moxa (left) and moxa rolls (right) used for indirect moxa heat treatment. The stick-on moxa is a modern product sold in Japan, Korea, and China. Usually the base is self-adhesive to the treatment point.

First page of Hara Shimetarō: Effects of Moxa on hemoglobin and RBC count. Iji Shinbun, no 1219, 10 Sept. 1927. (Summary in Esperanto)

Moxibustion (Chinese: ; pinyin: jiǔ) is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort (moxa) on particular points on the body. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China (including Tibet), Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burn it on the patient’s skin.


The first Western remarks on moxibustion can be found in letters and reports written by Portuguese missionaries in 16th-century Japan. They called it “botão de fogo” (fire button), a term originally used for round-headed Western cautery irons. Hermann Buschoff, who published the first Western book on this matter in 1674 (English edition 1676), used the Japanese word mogusa. As the u is not very strongly enunciated, he spelled it “Moxa”. Later authors blended “Moxa” with the Latin word combustio(burning).[1][2]

The name of the herb Artemisia (mugwort) species used to produce Moxa is yomogi (蓬) in Japan and ài or àicǎo (, 艾草) in Chinese.[3]

The Chinese names for moxibustion are jiǔ ( ) or jiǔshù ( 灸術); Japanese use the same characters and pronounce them as kyū and kyūjutsu. In Korean the reading is tteum (뜸). Korean folklore attributes the development of moxibustion to the legendary emperor Dangun.[4]

Theory and practice

Practitioners use moxa to warm regions and meridian points[5] with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of blood and qi. Some believe it can treat conditions associated with the “cold” or “yang deficiencies” in Chinese Medicine.[6] It is claimed that moxibustion mitigates against cold and dampness in the body, and can serve to turn breech babies.[7][8]

Practitioners claim moxibustion to be especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, “deficient conditions” (weakness), and gerontology. Bian Que (fl. circa 500 BCE), one of the most famous semi-legendary doctors of Chinese antiquity and the first specialist in moxibustion, discussed the benefits of moxa over acupuncture in his classic work Bian Que Neijing. He asserted that moxa could add new energy to the body and could treat both excess and deficient conditions.

Practitioners may use acupuncture needles made of various materials in combination with moxa, depending on the direction of qi flow they wish to stimulate.

There are several methods of moxibustion. Three of them are direct scarring, direct non-scarring, and indirect moxibustion. Direct scarring moxibustion places a small cone of moxa on the skin at an acupuncture point and burns it until the skin blisters, which then scars after it heals.[9] Direct non-scarring moxibustion removes the burning moxa before the skin burns enough to scar, unless the burning moxa is left on the skin too long.[9] Indirect moxibustion holds a cigar made of moxa near the acupuncture point to heat the skin, or holds it on an acupuncture needle inserted in the skin to heat the needle.[9] There is also stick-on moxa.

Medical research

The first modern scientific publication on moxibustion was written by the Japanese physician Hara Shimetarō who conducted intensive research about the hematological effects of moxibustion in 1927. Two years later his doctoral dissertation on that matter was accepted by the Medical Faculty of the Kyūshū Imperial University.[10] Hara’s last publication appeared in 1981.[11]

A Cochrane Review found limited evidence for the use of moxibustion in correcting breech presentation of babies, and called for more experimental trials.[12] Moxibustion has also been studied for the treatment of pain,[13] cancer,[14] stroke,[15] ulcerative colitis,[16]constipation,[17] and hypertension.[18] Systematic reviews have found that these studies are of low quality and positive findings could be due to publication bias.[19]

Parallel uses of mugwort

Mugwort amongst other herbs was often bound into smudge sticks. The Chumash people from southern California have a similar ritual.[20] Europeans placed sprigs of mugwort under pillows to provoke dreams; and the herb had associations with the practice of magic in Anglo-Saxon times. ( source – wikipedia 2016)