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A019 Discussing the Techniques and Principles of Moxibustion

The start of school is coming soon, and it is well known that the training is very tiring. As a lazy person, I don't have the perseverance to keep updating, so the frequency of updates will probably decrease in the future, but how low it will be depends on the specific situation.

A few days ago, I shared some cases and discussions about the feeling of moxibustion in A015 Talking about the Feeling of Moxibustion. Today, I will supplement the feeling of moxibustion - the feeling of the practitioner's moxibustion, or what we call the "qi" feeling.

I have only experienced this feeling a few times, not enough. If it weren't for my senior brother verifying it for me yesterday, I wouldn't even know if I was daydreaming:

Senior Brother: Let me tell you something, when I was moxibusting my father with mugwort, I found that when I walked along a line, there was a force supporting my hand, separating my hand from my body. It should be the perfect distance that is not too hot, and it will also keep the moxa stick at almost the same distance from the body. This force is very subtle, and I am still exploring it. When I completely relax, my hand and the moxa stick become one, and my mind stays inside the patient's body, maybe you can feel what I'm talking about. The key is this force, no matter what kind of line, straight or curved, there is a small force supporting it, it's so elusive, very difficult to perceive.
Me: Yes, there is a line, sometimes it's just a point, and it easily disappears.

In terms of acupuncture techniques, after obtaining the "qi", there will be a feeling of "like a fish swallowing a hook". The feeling of moxibustion that my senior brother and I mentioned is probably the same as this feeling. This has also been mentioned on another senior student's public account.

Generally, when discussing the "qi" feeling, acupuncture is mostly mentioned, but in fact, moxibustion can also achieve the "qi" feeling. I have personally experienced it on myself and patients. It can be reproduced in multiple acupoints such as Zusanli, Yanglingquan, Neiguan, and Yongquan, as long as the technique is appropriate, it is easy to feel. I have the same feeling as when I pull the "qi", there is a "field" near the acupoint, and when the moxa stick enters this "field", I feel an increase in repulsive force, and the patient can definitely feel a sudden increase in heat.


So how do we generate the "qi" feeling? There is nothing else, only a calm mind.

But reaching the state of a calm mind is too high, how can one be calm just by saying so. For example, Cousin's performance in the three articles A013 Three Talks about Making Tea, First Talk about Becoming a Disciple, A012 More about Making Tea, and A010 The Essence of Making Tea is difficult to achieve without the guidance of relaxation practice. So if I were to teach ordinary people (those without any experience in practicing and easily restless), I can only briefly mention the importance of a calm mind while teaching techniques and guide the students to calm down - to focus on doing one thing, and gradually their mind will become calm. Practicing is just focusing on doing something.

As the saying goes, teaching according to one's aptitude, for ordinary people, we have to start with teaching techniques and gradually make them calm. For someone like my senior brother, I can simply mention some points to pay attention to, and he will figure out the rest on his own. Techniques are just a boat that takes you to the other side. Once you arrive, the techniques don't matter anymore, it's all about the method.


But if someone has no experience in practicing, it is difficult for them to calm their mind, and the same goes for obtaining the "qi". So should we not give moxibustion to people? Should we just casually do moxibustion? No, there are techniques to train oneself. And practicing techniques itself is a kind of practice. When you calm down and practice, your mind will become more and more calm.

In fact, the techniques have been written in any acupuncture book, and what Master Tiantai talked about is also those things, such as indirect moxibustion, direct moxibustion, suspended moxibustion, warm needle moxibustion, and so on.

Among them, suspended moxibustion has techniques: gentle moxibustion is continuous moxibustion, pecking moxibustion is up and down movement, swirling moxibustion is circular motion, and the teacher also mentioned straight pouring and pulling, which is straight pushing and pulling.

But no matter which technique, it seems easy when written in the book, and it looks simple when you read it, but it's not as easy as you think when you actually do it, especially without anyone correcting you. You may moxibust as you please, and it's easy to go down the wrong path and never return.

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