It is fwell known that mugwort
is in general used for kusa-
is a soft round
rice cake mixed with mugwort
stuffed with sweet bean jam.
Hari (acupuncture) and Kyu (moxa cautery) are Oriental medicines, they
help to promote the power of spontaneous recovery.
It is said that there are 361 effective points in our body.
These can be in unexpected places because parts of a body have links
with various other parts, for example, hands have many effective points
the face, legs also have many links with internal organs.
If your hand is painful you, maybe your eye is tired. If your knee pains
you, maybe your liver is getting weak.
So it is not unusual that treatment with aqupuncture and moxa cautery is
given for a different place from the one which hurts.
Why are acupuncture and moxa cautery are effective in helping to take
There are many kind of implements in Oriental medicine and there are
various acupunctures and moxa cauteries.
I will briefly describe orthodox implements.
Here are four needles. The uppermost one (D) is for sewing. These
below (A,B,C) are implements for treating.
If you compare the size of B,C and D with A, you can see that B,C and
D are thinner than A.
☆It is said that the acumulation of Lactic acid is a major reason for stiffness.
If a needle enters the skin, the body recogonizes that a foreign body
entered and it tries to expel it, thus discharging the Lactic acid along with
the foreign body.
Moxa (1) is made of mugwort, which is Japnese herb
A bit of moxa which is the size of a grain of riceis placed on the
point and set on fire by burning an incense stick
If you get burned, your body tries to heal the affected part.
Moxa cautery makes use of this ability. The power to recover
because the body believes it has been burned by
moxa cautery (though it is not a real