Moxibustion - Practical Uses

Major Joint Problems:
Neck
Shoulder
Elbow
Wrist
Upper Back
Lower Back
Knee
Ankle

Common Treatment Sites

  1. The most painful point or area such as knees and elbows.
  2. The acupuncture points according to the acupuncture chart.
  3. Special application acu-points. Please see diagrams.

Pain Treatment

*** The CO:4 and LI:3 are the major acu-points for general pain control (key points). CO:4 and KI:3 are usually not for use by pregnant women. The combination of the trigger points and the key points will give you effective results.

 

Colon:4
Colon:4 (CO:4)

 

LargeIntestine:3
Large Intestine:3 (LI:3)

 

Small Intestine:6 (SI:6)

 

Kidney:3 (KI:3)


Strengthening the Immune System and Anti-aging

  • Apply moxibustion on acu-points ST:36 on both sides of legs and VC:4

  • Do the treatments twice a month for 15 minutes per point or place 3-4 moxa tubes on each point.

 

Stomach 36
Stomach 36

 

Conceptive Vesel 12
Conceptive Vessel 4 (VC:4)


Gynecological Problems in general

  • Apply moxibustion to points HG:6, which is located 4 finger lengths above the inner medial melleolus bone (see diagram) for 5 minutes.

  • Treat point CV:3, which is located 4 finger lengths below the navel
  • For back pain during menstrual cycle, use point B:23, which is located on both sides of the 14 vertebra (waistline, at level of the navel), or painful spots near the spine. If nobody is available to help apply moxa on the back, rub the area repeatedly with your hands, or use heat compresses. Use 3-4 moxa tubes on the lower palm area near the wrist line. Follow diagrams.

 

P:6
Heart Governor:6 (HG:6)

 

Conceptive Vessel:3 (CV:3)

 

Bladder:23Bladder:23 (B:23)

 

Lower Palm & Wrist Area
Lower Palm Area


Major Joint Problems

Neck
Shoulder

Elbow
Wrist

Upper Back
Lower Back

Knee
Ankle

Neck Joint

  • Apply the moxa roll for 2-3 minutes along the painful sites

  • Neck point - a sore spot located on the back of the hand, below the middle and ring fingers, between the 2nd & 3rd metacarpal bones

Neck Point
Neck Point



Shoulder Joint

  • Treat trigger points (painful sites) along the shoulder areas

  • Treat CO:4, CO:11 and CO:15

 

Colon4
Colon:4 (CO:4)

 

Colon:11
Colon:11 (CO:11)

 

Colon:15
Colon:15 (CO:15)



Elbow Joint

Treat trigger points

Treat CO:4, SJ:10

 

Colon4
Colon:4 (CO:4)

 


San Jiao:10 (SJ:10)



Wrist Joint

  • Treat trigger points

  • Treat SJ:4 and P:7

 

 

San Jiao 4
San Jiao:4 (SJ:4)

 

Heart 7 & Heart Governor7
Heart Governor 7 (HG:7)



Upper Back

  • Treat trigger points

  • Treat SI:6

Small Intestine:6 (SI:6)



Lower Back

  • Treat trigger points

  • Treat GV:3 lumbar region, level with the pelvis; K:3 located between the ankle and medial melleolus

 

Governing Vessel:3 (VG:3)

Kidney:3 (KI:3)



Knee Joint

  • Treat trigger points

  • Treat ST:35 and ST:36

 

 

Stomach 36
Stomach 36 (ST:36)

 

Stomach:35
Stomach:35 (ST:35)



Ankle Joint

  • Treat trigger points

  • Treat ST:41 and UB:60

 

 

Stomach:41 (ST:41)

 

Bladder:60 (BL:60)


Muscle Pain

Moxibustion can be used to treat muscle pains and cramps, providing there is no active redness and swelling due to acute inflammation. Find the most painful points in the muscles or find knots. Apply moxa roll for 2-5 minutes until area is slightly red. Common sites:

Trapezius
Deltoid

Between Shoulder Blades
Mid-Back

Lower Back
Buttock Areas

Leg

 

 

Trapezius
Trapezius (Commonly painful sites on the neck)

 

Deltoid Muscle
Deltoid (Shoulder)

 

Between the Shoulder Blades
Splenius Cervicus

 

Mid-Back
Spinalis Thoracis
(Examples of sore sites on the mid-back)

 

Lower Back
Iliocostalis Lumborum
(Commonly painful sites on the lower back)

 

Buttocks Area
Gluteus Maximus (Examples of painful sites on the buttock)

 

Rectus Femoris (Quadraceps of the leg)