Using rice grain Moxa - an introduction and review
The day will focus on constructing a moxa based treatment around Sawada' s root treatment protocol and seeing how it can be adapted to treat more specific conditions such as joint pain, immune issues, as well as fertility and gynaecology.
Time will be spent on practise and refinement of making and applying rice grain moxa; adapting size and technique according to condition, tonification and draining strategies as well as issues of dosage.
We will also look at how to combine moxa with acupuncture as well as spend time giving and receiving moxa only treatments. Alternative methods of moxibustion will also be discussed and their application alongside rice grain and acupuncture treatment.
Japanese systems of acupuncture and moxibustion both place stress on palpatory awareness in diagnosis and treatment. The approach is simple in many respects without complex diagnostic parameters though stresses more manual skills often lacking in many acupuncture training courses.
Moxa treatments though relatively straight forward in some respects can have long lasting and powerful effects and are suitable for self treatment. In Japan it is not uncommon for practitioners to select points to be treated with moxa as home therapy by the patient or his/her family members.
In Japan acupuncturists do not as a rule use herbs and moxa is used for many complex and blood related problems that in China are often referred to herbalists. The use of moxa has been shown to have immune stimulating properties, and moxa treatments were used in Japan in the early part of the last century in the treatment of TB. These immune stimulating treatments are now being used to treat drug resistant TB in South Africa by the charity Moxafrica.
On the day you will have:
- an introduction to moxa and its use.
- instruction and practice in making rice grain moxa
- practice locating points as well guidelines regarding tonification/draining, dosage etc
- shown the basic points of Sawada's root treatment
- adaptions to focus treatment on specific conditions (joints, gynae etc)
- give and receive a basic treatment treatment
Tony has been using Japanese rice grain Moxa for a number of years having trained with leading practitioners in Japanese acupuncture and moxibustion in Europe and Japan.
He has trained extensively in Toyohari style 5 phase acupuncture as well as Manaka' s channel balancing system, Korean 5 phase hand acupuncture and Japanese rice grain moxibustion.
He is also trained in Kanpo (Japanese herbal medicine) and Shanghan Lun formulas, and he lectures at the International College of Oriental medicine. He is a keen and well read, enthusiastic lecturer.