The following content is from exchange on a blog of a retired TCM doctor.
Ever since consulting you last time, I have been performing moxibustion about 60 to 90 minutes per day, with no interruption of more than 3 days, except during business trips.
I have experienced the following improvements.
1. Hay fever / allergy
I was consulting you mainly for my nose problems.
Every winter and spring my nose would be itchy, with feeling of pressing pain on the cheeks, plus gum pain and headache.
I have been performing excessive moxibustion on the following acupoints: Yingxiang ( LI 20 ), Yintang (EX-HN3) , Taiyang(EX-HN5) and Ashi (the pain spots), for a total of 30-40 minutes. If I felt particularly uncomfortable, I would increase the moxibustion time.
It is not convenient to moxibust on Feishu (BL13), so I did cupping instead, and waited for blisters to form. The situation is now under control, and my discomfort has reduced significantly. You mentioned that it would take 2-3 years of moxibustion to heal rhinitis, so I am going to continue doing it. When the weather gets warm, I would add Feishu acupoint to the moxibustion.
The allergy has been plaguing me for over a decade, where I saw innumerable TCM and Western Medicine doctors, and took hundreds of doses of Chinese herbal medicines, but with little result.
As a last resort, I turned to the internet and was lucky to stumble on your blog, and got to know you, a doctor who help others selflessly. Then I began the journey of self-treatment.
I think the principle of moxibustion is to improve body function of one’s own. When the body is in good health, the diseases will be gone. This is a long journey, so everyone must be patient and persistent.
I read that some fellow patients who tried moxibustion only for a few days and wondered why it didn’t work. After all, moxibustion is no miracle worker, and some chronic diseases does take time.
I believe success belongs to the persevering.
From the treatment experience shared by this patient, we can understand pretty well. As he mentioned:
” This is a long journey, so everyone must be patient and persistent.“
“I read that some fellow patients who tried moxibustion only for a few days and wondered why it didn’t work. After all, moxibustion is not miracle worker, and some chronic diseases does take time. I believe success belongs to the persevering.“
Furthermore, his acupoint selection, time, experience, meridian channeling, diet, exercise, etc. are all very detailed. Here I want to share my understanding of the saying “Seven years’ of illness calls for three years of moxibustion“, which should bear two levels of meaning.
- It means after falling ill for 7 years, it requires treatment by aged moxa of 3 years, such moxa is not too dry, relatively gentle, and works great on heat penetration at acupoints.
- It means for a disease of 7 years, it requires consecutive treatment of moxibustion for 3 years. It tells us the importance of persistence, and treatment with moxibustion is not overnight.
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