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The Path of Moxibustion • Felip Caudet • Qi169

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My initial introduction to moxibustion was the classic Chinese mugwort cigar. I hated it. But only because my lungs are the weak link in my chain of being. The smoke was intolerable.

Japanese rice grain moxa, that was a whole other universe. It’s not that less is more, it’s that the focused and directed aspects of Japanese moxibustion invite a completely different experience of heat and sensation.

In this conversation with Felip Caudet we follow his path of discovery with moxibustion.

Listen in to this discussion on mugwort, calling and surrender to the path that beckons.

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  • Moxibustion and Felipe’s story
  • Felipe’s journey to learning moxibustion
  • Doubts and challenges
  • How to keep moving forward when you’re not 100% sure this is the right decision
  • What Felipe does with moxibustion
  • Moxibustion vs needling

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Apply moxa with your heart. First, listen to the patient’s words, after, listen to the body with palpation. Only palpation can explain why, where and how moxa can be applied


Felip Caudet

I have been a physiotherapist and acupuncturist for 20 years. One day, years ago I fell in love with japanese moxibustion. I decided to leave needles and work only with moxibustion. Big shocks on my life were to meet Fukushima sensei and Shinma sensei (son of the famous japanese moxibustionist Isaburo Fukaya) and be accepted as student.

Going deep in moxibustion, I discovered that traditional japanese practice was not too much known outside of Japan. After that, I took the challenge to spread the work of this beautiful therapeutic art and the style of Fukaya.

Moxibustion can be a way of purification and healing the body and the soul. It allows you to go from the head (mind) to the hands (heart), from the idea to the true action.

 

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Links and Resources

Shinma, H (2015). The Treasure Book of Points Fukayakyu.

Young, M (2012). The Moon Over Matsushima. Insights into Moxa and Mugwort. Godiva Books

NAJOM (North American Journal of Orientl Medicine). Journal full of articles (and amazing clinic tips) written by all kind of practitioners of japanese healing techniques.

moxafrica.org (British Charity dedicated to investigate direct moxibustion inmunomodulation as an adjunctive treatment for tuberculosis, particularly when drug-resistant).

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Researching the Essence of Moxa • Alice Douglas • Qi133

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Moxibustion is one of the more interesting methods in toolbox. Stunning in its simplicity and often brings deep relief for those who are a good fit for this method. It’s curious how the burning of this particular herb can bring about healing.

Alice Douglas has loved moxa since before she became an acupuncturist. In this conversation we discuss her survey of research into moxibustion. There is a lot you probably heard about moxa in acupuncture school and might have wondered, “is that really true?” Listen in and get the answers!

 

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • The beginning of Alice’s love affair with moxa
  • Smoke and smokeless, there are differences
  • Heat, infrared radiation, smoke and particle size
  • Traditional and modern perspectives
  • Using moxa smoke to treat inflammation
  • Concerns and research around long-term exposure to moxa smoke
  • Different grades and storage of moxa
  • Some surprising uses of moxa

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Putting your patients at ease and how you make them feel is just as important as the treatment. That's what keeps them coming back


​Alice Douglas, L.Ac

My journey with acupuncture began when I was very young. I was a patient from age 12, needing help for a serious chronic condition that was ruining my life. Acupuncture changed everything. Within 6 weeks things were significantly improved and within a year I was healed. After being exposed to the power of acupuncture first hand, I left my dreams of being a doctor behind and after finishing school, went to study acupuncture.
I believe this ancient medicine must be used uniquely for each individual, understanding old theory and current science equally, creating tailored treatments for modern people.
Every day, in both my private practice and my community multibed clinic, the power of acupuncture amazes me as much as it did when I first learnt of it.

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You can read Alice's research in the Journal of Chinese Medicine  
Visit Alice's website and her Facebook page

For all you moxa fans, Alice recommends:
The Moon Over Matsushima – Insights Into Moxa and Mugwort, written by Merlin Young, the guest of show #82

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Rhythm and Motion: The Magic of Bamboo Moxa • Oran Kivity • Qi106

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The characters for acupuncture in Chinese, 針灸zhen jiu, literally translate as needle and moxa.

You surely were introduced to the cigar-like pole moxa and large cones of smoldering mugwort on slices of ginger or aconite in acupuncture school. Perhaps you also were exposed to the Japanese rice grain moxa techniques or burning balls of moxa on the head of needle. Not surprising there are a variety of forms of using Ai Ye to bring a kind of simulative heat into the body.

In this conversation we explore the use of moxa that is combined with touch, rhythm, warmth, and with an eye to the channel dynamics that Yoshio Manaka, one of the great masters of the 20th century, wrote about in Chasing the Dragon’s Tail.

Even if you don’t use much moxa in your clinical, you’ll find this percussive bamboo method goes beyond the simple induction of heat into the body. And indeed can be used in a variety of contexts where you’d usually employ a needle, but in this case, it’s motion, rhythm and moxa.

Listen in to this conversation that will have you looking at moxibustion in a whole new way.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • What drew Oran to moxa
  • Moxa with rhythm
  • Old school acupuncture point tapping from 16th century Japan
  • Manaka and frequencies of the body
  • Treating a troublesome trapezius
  • All this takes is a hollow bamboo tube and wakakusa moxa
  • The Ontake Channel on YouTube
  • Dr. Manaka’s legacy in the west
  • Consider the (zi wu) Chinese clock
  • Ontake works well with Balance Method correspondences
  • Four channels sets
  • Following the line of least resistance
  • Using beats per minute to treat different meridian
  • Book, YouTube and classes

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Next time you have a patient or family member with a sore throat, try this neat piece of mirroring. Turn them over and warm up the midline on the sacrum. If you don’t have Ontake, use a moxa stick and keep pressing the heat in with your left hand. If you have a metronome, sparrow peck at 104 beats per minute. Keep going for a few minutes till the sacrum feels nice and warm. Then ask them how they feel!


Oran Kivity, L.Ac

I’m a British acupuncturist living and working in Malaysia. I graduated from a TCM college in the UK in 1987 but after about ten years I retrained in Japanese acupuncture methods, namely Manaka-Style Acupuncture and later, Toyohari. Dr Manaka’s work introduced me to ideas about meridian frequencies and studying with the blind acupuncture teachers of the Toyohari Association opened my eyes (and hands) to the information stream from channel palpation.

In 2009 I got introduced to a very simple moxibustion tool in Japan, a piece of bamboo stuffed with moxa, and this triggered a Eureka moment, integrating all my previous disparate learnings and setting me on the path to become that Ontake guy, balancing channels with meridian frequency moxibustion.

Japanese acupuncture is usually very light, meaning treatment is minimal and palpation is soft. I take this lightness literally. While it’s important to be present when people are in pain, it’s also important to be make sessions fun, where appropriate. This is also true of teaching. People should enjoy what they learn and enjoy what they teach. I’ve had thirty years of fun practising acupuncture. I’m looking forward to thirty more.

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Links and Resources

Visit the Ontake Channel on YouTube for some video lesson on using this warm bamboo moxa method

Oran, Brenda Loew, Stephen Birch and Junji Mizutani discuss Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion

Visit the Ontake Facebook group for more discussion on this gentle and effective method of treatment

Oran's book Moxa in Motion is available on the big river of books in both kindle and paperback formats

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