Want to stay healthy this fall and winter? Flu season is upon us, and many are already suffering from cold symptoms. The cooler weather seems to have that effect on most of us.
Prepare for this winter a bit differently by trying a moxibustion treatment from Chante Massage.
Why Moxibustion and Why November?
Moxibustion is a warming technique used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 2500 years. It consists of burning herbs near the body on specific acupoints to balance the body’s functional systems and treat chronic disease.
Moxibustion gets its name from the herbs, mugwort and Ai Ya, also known as “Moxa” plus combustion, or the burning. The moxa comes in a form similar to a cigar or a stick of incense and is burned near the body to balance and nourish your Qi (Pronounced “Chee”).
This warming treatment is perfect to try as we transition further into the cold of winter. November is a specifically good time to receive moxibustion because November has an interval of time when the “life gate”, which is an acupuncture point on the lower back, opens and the body is particularly receptive to the benefits of moxa.
This Life Gate point is said to be where the body generates warmth. This point serves as a metaphorical fire that lights our bodies and supplies warmth to our organs. We receive the original energy when we are born, but as life goes on we begin to draw more of it. The key to moxibustion is to replenish this energy.
During November, there are two weeks where the Life Gate sits wide open, ready to accept this energy. It begins opening at the beginning of November and closes by the end, so the entire month serves as “Moxa Season”.
Benefits of Moxibustion
Moxibustion is unbelievably beneficial to various areas of the body. It’s helpful for warming the yang, nourishing the Qi, tonifying the spleen, kidneys, and lungs, clearing away the cold to reduce the pain of diseases and prevent the onset of disease to be in the best physical conditions for winter.
But what exactly does that look like to your body? Moxibustion can:
- Relieve chronic pain
- Normalize blood pressure
- Promote faster wound healing and post-surgical recovery
- Enhances immune system function
- Normalizes appetite
- Regulates digestion and promotes healthy bowel functions
- Supports healthy hormonal balance
- Improves circulation
- Supports the body’s natural detoxification systems
- Reduces addition craving and substance dependence
Moxibustion has also been known to treat joint pain, infertility, depression, anxiety, PMS symptoms, kidney stones, foot injuries, and even help reposition breech babies.
It really is quite the list of healing properties. There’s no telling how moxibustion could benefit you, specifically during this time of transition from fall into winter.
Try Moxibustion Today
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