The Path of Moxibustion • Qi169
by Michael Max | With guest, Felip Caudet
My initial introduction to moxibustion was the classic Chinese mugwort cigar. I hated it. But only because my lungs are the weak link in my chain of being. The smoke was intolerable.
Japanese rice grain moxa, that was a whole other universe. It’s not that less is more, it’s that the focused and directed aspects of Japanese moxibustion invite a completely different experience of heat and sensation.
In this conversation with Felip Caudet we follow his path of discovery with moxibustion.
Listen in to this discussion on mugwort, calling and surrender to the path that beckons.
In This Conversation We Discuss:
- Moxibustion and Felipe’s story
- Felipe’s journey to learning moxibustion
- Doubts and challenges
- How to keep moving forward when you’re not 100% sure this is the right decision
- What Felipe does with moxibustion
- Moxibustion vs needling
Apply moxa with your heart. First, listen to the patient’s words, after, listen to the body with palpation. Only palpation can explain why, where and how moxa can be applied
I have been a physiotherapist and acupuncturist for 20 years. One day, years ago I fell in love with japanese moxibustion. I decided to leave needles and work only with moxibustion. Big shocks on my life were to meet Fukushima sensei and Shinma sensei (son of the famous japanese moxibustionist Isaburo Fukaya) and be accepted as student.
Going deep in moxibustion, I discovered that traditional japanese practice was not too much known outside of Japan. After that, I took the challenge to spread the work of this beautiful therapeutic art and the style of Fukaya.
Moxibustion can be a way of purification and healing the body and the soul. It allows you to go from the head (mind) to the hands (heart), from the idea to the true action.
Links and Resources
Shinma, H (2015). The Treasure Book of Points Fukayakyu.
Young, M (2012). The Moon Over Matsushima. Insights into Moxa and Mugwort. Godiva Books
NAJOM (North American Journal of Orientl Medicine). Journal full of articles (and amazing clinic tips) written by all kind of practitioners of japanese healing techniques.
moxafrica.org (British Charity dedicated to investigate direct moxibustion inmunomodulation as an adjunctive treatment for tuberculosis, particularly when drug-resistant).