To begin, the meridian channels are warmed up. Meridian channels are channels of chi and blood, the basic network of our health. Moxibustion heats up the channels to thaw out the cold inside, to melt the icy snow. Then the blood can begin to flow freely, like fresh water in a spring. This is a saying in Chinese medicine: “Chi and blood flow freezes when it’s cold, melts when it’s warm.” Warm can be understood as the Yang energy, it is the motivation of life. A chi/blood stagnation disease that is caused by an invasion of cold may respond well to moxibustion since this treatment is very effecting at warming up the body.
The second function is to stimulate Yang chi. Prolapse of the anus, ptosis of the stomach and uterus are all due to a lack of Yang chi. There’s not enough energy to support these organs. Chinese medicine advises: “Increasing Yang chi holds the prolapse back and pulls up the fall”.
The third function of moxibustion is aimed at preventing sickness and promoting longevity. We always stress the importance of treating the disease before it arises; that is, to preserve our life and prevent disease. In fact, prevention is the best cure. When our body is strong and our immunity is solid, sickness has no way to attack us. Our immunity is one of the key functions of Yang chi. Modern medicine has discovered that through the meridian channels moxibustion can help regulate our physiology, promote metabolism, increase circulation and adjust the endocrine system. After moxibustion our white blood cells increase the phagocytic ability, immunity increases, red blood cells increase, osteoporosis reduces, bone marrow function increases and skin texture improves. In short, our essence, energy and spirit are restored and total well-being is achieved.