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Warming Moxa

by Anat Raz M.S., L. Ac.

Moxibustion is a warming technique. The term derived from the Japanese word mogusa or mo kusa, meaning, “burning herb.”This herb has special properties allowing the heat to penetrates from the points deeper into the channels. By moving and warming it helps the bodies healing and supports the immune system. It can be used for arthritis, strains, sprains, sports injuries, tendinitis ect.

Moxa is harvested from the mugwort plant (artemisia vulgaris or artemisia argyii). After harvesting, the leaves are ground aged for 3-5 years before use.

Smokeless Moxa can be used indoors (it does produce minimal amount of smoke). When you start a new stick the edge is flat but after the first use it will create a coned shape. We recommend you light it will a grill lighter or torch, or stick it in a gas stove until you see the red embers.

We also use regular Moxa sticks, it is very easy to light but it is very smoky. Best to be used outdoor, back yard or porch. 

Use the Moxa stick about half an inch to an inch away from the skin, you should feel the heat but not burning. Moxa sticks can be used on many different areas on the body especially wrists, fingers, elbows, knees, ankles and lower back (if someone can assist you). It is good to spend 10-15 minutes per area. 

One stick can be used multiple times. To extinguish the stick wrap it in aluminum foil and leave it on ceramic or glass dish.

Warming Moxa

Formulas for Colds, Flu & Allergy Symptoms

by Anat Raz M.S., L. Ac.

Colds, sinus congestion, early flu symptoms

Pe Min Gan Wan: 6-7 pills 3 times a day. This formula is very good for any kind of nasal congestion. Early symptoms of cold, runny nose, sneezing, sudden allergy symptoms. For example sometimes in the mornings you may have a sneezing attack. Take a dose of Pe Min Gan Wan. You may only need one dose in that case.

Forsythina 18: 5 tablests 3 times a day. This formula is used for sore throat, scratchy throat, swollen glands, colds. It can also be used for throat symptoms arising from over use like teachers, or after giving a long seminar, talk etc.

Chuan Xin Lian - dose: 5 pills three times a day. Can be taken prophetically if any exposure to germs. Or in combination with Pe Min Gan Wan or Forsythia 18. 

Please note: Herbs can be taken between meals on empty stomach.

Allergy Symptoms

Pe Min Gan Wan - 7 pills 3 times a day or as needed (sometimes one or two dosages is enough to quiet symptoms). For sneezing attack, congestion, runny nose.

Clear Eyes - 2 teaspoons at a time as needed 1-3 times a day. For eyes symptoms, teary, itchy, scratchy and dry eyes. This formula can be combined with Pe Min Gan Wan. Formula to be taken orally; it is NOT for topical use.

Forsythina 18 - 3-5 tablets 3 times a day or as needed. This formula can be added for any throat symptoms soreness, dryness or scratchy. It can be combined with Pe Min Gan Wan and Clear Eyes if you have all those symptoms.

Aller-C - 2 capsules 2-3 times a day during allergy season. 

Please note: Herbs can be taken between meals on empty stomach.