A method of treating disease by creating a partial vacuum in
a jar, usually by means of heat, which is then applied to the skin, drawing up
the underlying tissues and forming suction. The suction helps break up the
stagnation of Qi and Blood and bring it to the surface, or pulls out the
Pathogen that is causing the disease. The visual result is `hickey' marks on
the skin, which vary in size and color depending on the pathogen. These usually
disappear anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks after treatment. This
discoloration, though not attractive, is in no way painful to the patient.
General indications = Arthritic pain, abdominal pain, stomach-ache, indigestion,
headache, hypertension, common cold, cough, low back pain, painful menstruation,
eyes red, swollen, and painful, poisonous bites, non-ulcerated furuncle.
A method of treatment whereby Artemisia is burned on or above the skin at
acupuncture points. The heat warms the Qi and Blood in the channels and is
therefore useful in the treatment of disease and maintenance of health.
Sometimes Moxibustion is more effective then acupuncture, whereas at other times
the two have a synergistic effect.