WLM ID: akie, akif, aktz, akig, akih | Catalog Record
The ancient Chinese practice of moxibustion is closely associated with acupuncture. It is thought to restore balance especially for conditions associated with cold or with a stagnation of "qi", or "chi", by improving blood circulation. Moxibustion involves the burning of a thimble-sized stick or cylinder of dried moxa on or above the skin at an acupuncture point. The term 'moxa' refers to the young leaves of the plant Artemesia vulgaris, commonly called mugwort. In addition to being burned at acupuncture points, the small cylinders of moxa may be applied to the end of acupuncture needles and ignited. Rather than an intense fast burn, the moxa smolders slowly.
The qixingzhen mallets shown here are used in another ancient practice that is closely related to acupuncture. It is known by several names including seven-star needle therapy, seven-star needle stimulation, and plum-blossom needle tapping. The bundle of needles is inset into the head of the mallet. This is used to repeatedly tap certain areas of the body that are associated with acupuncture points and the twelve meridians of traditional Chinese medicine. The force and speed with which the tapping is applied varies, based on the purpose and location of the therapy. It may be used for a number of conditions including headache, arthritis pain, dysmenorrhea, stomachache, insomnia, constipation, and certain skin diseases.