Give Your Body A Daily Tune-Up By Practicing Anmo Gong And Self-Acupressure Everyday

Although it’s one of the most efficient ways to maintain health and cultivate oneself, anmo gong is unfortunately, a health technique quite unknown to most people.

The name Anmo Gong is made up of a couple of ancient Chinese words: Anmo, is old Chinese for massage (which is now known as ‘tuina’) and ‘gong,’ which generally refers to ‘practice’ or ‘work’. Anmo Gong, therefore, means the self-massage practice or work.

This form of massage is known as ‘do-in’ in Japan and ‘self-tuina’, in China. This procedure is comprised of very simple physical exercises without much chi (or qi) work or internal work involved.

Anmo Gong can be likened to a combination self-massage, acupressure and Qi Gong techniques. In fact, most forms of Qi Gong and Tai Chi are made up of limited amounts of self-acupressure techniques, but in Anmo Gong, one specifically uses acupressure as a main part of the practice.

This can have a number of advantages – you can compare it to giving yourself a frequent tune-up when and where required. If his client is interested, an acupuncturist will teach him or her acupressure to augment the effect of his or her treatment. Acupressure can also be used frequently as a way to preserve well-being and health.

An Anmo Gong procedure will be comprised of acupressure practice on just two or three acupressure points or acupoints in its most basic form. More involved exercises will be made up of breathing techniques or basic ‘qi gong’ like movements and stretches. The exercises may be made up of spontaneous elements (spontaneous in the sense that you perform whatever you feel required at that moment) or can be very structured.

Anmo Gong can help balance your emotions, strengthen your immune system, and normalize as well as reinforce your energy. Based on the acupoints chosen and the routine to be performed, the entire procedure can be long or short, gentle or strong, and relaxing or stimulating. Actually, you can customize your practice based on your preferences and needs, and the sky’s the limit to what you can do.

Getting advice from your nearest practitioner of Chinese medicine in Winter Park or reading a great book about acupressure is one of the easiest ways to begin learning and practicing Anmo Gong.

Simply using acupressure on one acupoint for a minute or two each day can produce incredible benefits if you are too busy with your life. You could, for example, utilize the Stomach 36 point (St 36) which is sometimes called the ‘wonder point’ located on your lower leg. This can provide you with powerful health-boosting benefits. This can be a very good way to start discovering the wonderful health benefits of Anmo Gong and Self-Acupressure.

Moxibustion Heat Therapy for Prevention and Treatment of Cold and Flu Strains

Moxibustion is a natural alternative healing mode of treatment that utilizes heat from a dried smoldering plant known as “moxa” which is applied near the skin surface of a person. The treatment works by warming and invigorating energy (Chi) and blood circulation within the body to eliminate certain pathogenic elements.

Derived from the dried leaves of the plant Chinese mugwort (Artemesia argyi or Artemesia vulgaris), Moxa may be extracted from other substances as well.

The Administration of Moxibustion Therapy

In the United States, practitioners of moxibustion hold a stick of smoldering moxa very close the skin of the patient but not so close as to avoid the burning end of the stick coming into contact with the patient’s skin.

The moxa stick is created by pressing and shaping the moxa into a stick or pole, shaping it into a cigar. The stick is then ignited and allowed to smolder, creating a healing form of deeply penetrating and powerful heat.

 The smoldering moxa is then placed a few centimeters over the treatment site, usually, but not more often than not, over areas associated with strategic acupoints (acupuncture points). The ignited tip of the stick reddens and saturates the site of treatment with soothing warmth.

 What Can You Expect From Moxibustion?

Patients who have tried moxibustion therapy often report a sudden deluge of warmth that quickly travels along a specific energy channel, that’s associated with the jing luo energy channel remote from the site of treatment. Since the warmth is a sign that the movement of Chi and xue has been released from the energy channel, this indicates a desired healing effect.

What are the applications of moxibustion?

Moxibustion is designed to:

  • Prevent and treat cold and flu strains
  • Relieve pain caused by injury or arthritis, more so when the utilization of heat results in natural alleviation of pain
  • Treat digestive conditions and abnormal bowel movement
  • Address issues affecting women including late term pregnancy breech presentation

Healers typically administer acupuncture and moxibustion treatments appropriate to the diagnosis and treatment plan simultaneously in the same therapy session. The combined use of these modalities amplify each other’s healing effects.

Unlike acupuncture, one can easily perform moxibustion at home. Overland Park Acupuncture is normally conducted by a qualified acupuncturist in a clinical setting. Practitioners of Chinese moxibustion will instruct their patients the proper use of moxibustion so they may administer the treatment on themselves or others in order to augment the benefits of the therapies between sessions of treatment.

 What Aroma Does Moxibustion Generate?

 The smoke and aroma moxibustion generates is one distinct unwanted effect of the therapy. Although there may be “smokeless” types of moxa avaiable in the market, real moxa (created from mugwort), when burned, generate lots of smoke. Several TCM clinics are properly fitted with a good ventilation and air purification system, so this is not a big problem.

Nonetheless, the trademark smoke produced smells somewhat like marijuana, unfortunately. More and more TCM practitioners in the US put up signs in their office walls to inform patients and visitors about the aroma’s real nature that they may be smelling.