If a medicine or acupuncture is not effective for treating a patient‘s disease, then moxibustion must be applied.
[Introduction to Medicine –醫學入門, Yixuerumen]
For a deficient patient, moxibustion assists original yang; for a patient with symptoms of excess, the pathogens are expelled along with the heat caused by moxibustion. For a patient with cold, moxibustion can warm his qi; whereas for a patient with heat, moxibustion draws the stagnant heat outside the body. This is what others refer as “Heat is expelled by drying“.
Higher parts of the body should be cauterized with moxa cones first, followed by lower part treatment. Moxibustion should be done on the point where the least number of moxa cones are required, then to where more moxa cones are required.
The Number of Moxa Cones Prescribed
- The potency of one moxa cone is equivalent to that of a strong man, therefore one cone is called “Jang“ (Strong Man-壯).
On vertex, cauterize 7 to 49 moxa cones.
Although CV15 and CV14 are the points located in the chest and abdomen, the number of moxa cones applied should not exceed 28. If too many moxa cones are cauterized on those points, then the patient loses strength in the heart for the rest of his/her life. The patient can lose consciousness if too many cones of moxa are cauterized on the head. Excessive moxibustion on the arms and the legs can dry up the meridians and blood vessels, as well as thin and weaken the limbs. The patient cannot live long if he or she loses consciousness and suffers from thinning of the limbs.
For the infant who is 7 days to 1 year old, the number of moxa cones should not exceed 7, and the size of each cone should be as small as a sparrow dropping (a thread size) .