No, this therapeutic method is not reduced to the use of needles, often feared! It can be practiced with wormwood sticks, infrared pens … or the fingertips.
Coming from traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture aims to balance the flow of energy flows through the body. To do this, we will stimulate different mapped points on the meridians (paths where the energy passes), called acupuncture points. According to this therapy recognized by the WHO (World Health Organization), a good energy balance defines a state of good health. You want to test this practice, but you dread that you need to plant needles in the body? Discover alternatives without sting.
Hot version: the moxibustion
What is it about ?
The professional uses “moxas”, namely wormwood sticks or cigars (a toning plant) that burns when approaching the acupuncture points to be treated. The goal: to diffuse a soft and penetrating heat, to fight the excess of cold and humidity which would be source of common affections: infections with repetition, contractures, etc.
In which cases?
This thermal stimulation has antalgic, bactericidal and energizing virtues. ” It can treat lumbago or torticollis by its anti-inflammatory effect , explains Marc Martin, Acupuncturist and President of the Faformec *. Moxibustion is also effective for relieving pain due to osteoarthritis or menstruation, or to prevent recurrent ENT pathologies. “
Its energizing power in case of great fatigue. ” This process helps boost energy, eliminate toxins in the body and give a healthy glow,” says Lanqi, owner of Lanqi Spas (Paris).
Moxibustion is reserved for an adult audience. It should not be practiced on oneself, because of the risk of burns. The only exception, says Marc Martin: ” Pregnant women whose baby is in a seat and to whom the acupuncturist explains, depending on the case, which point to heat, with the help of a stick, to help him turn around. “
Where to go?
The site of the Faformec (acupuncture-medic.com) lists the addresses of acupuncturists by region. Moxibustion is also practiced in some Chinese massage institutes that offer revitalizing treatments.