Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Tao of Love And Sex: Strengthening Sexuality Through Moxibustion

STRENGTHENING SEXUALITY THROUGH MOXIBUSTION
Moxibustion is a separate Chinese and Taoist therapeutic method. It is easily learned because it is applied according to symptomatic principles. For all types of fatigue and energy or blood deficiency, moxibustion is the method of choice for strengthening the energies.

Here are some important things to remember if you decide to practice moxibustion on yourself, either as a remedy or for strengthening the energies:

  • Start this method during a waxing moon. (Refer to a calendar to determine the lunar periods: the dark disk represents the beginning of a waxing moon and the white disk its end.)
  • Perform this method only in the morning. (It is easiest to set yang in motion naturally at this time and also when the moon is waxing.)
  • Use only moxa sticks (not cones) in order to avoid the risk of burns from the direct application of the moxas. These sticks represent an indirect and gentle form of moxibustion. When using these sticks, you don't actually touch the skin itself; instead, you merely warm the acupuncture point for a certain period of time and from a distance.
  • Use Nian-Ying or Tai-Yi moxibustion sticks, which are made in Shanghai.
  • Be sure to follow the method regularly, every day for at least ten days. Stop the treatment for three weeks, then begin again, one week a month until the desired result is obtained.
  • Treat the indicated points using the following toning method: Hold the burning moxa several centimeters from the skin to produce a hot, but pleasant sensation, without any burning feeling. Hold the moxa at this distance for about five to ten minutes without moving it.


THE SEVEN MOXIBUSTION POINTS FOR STRENGTHENING MALE SEXUAL ENERGIES

Ming men: The Vital Gate
Use moxas to tonify the mingmen point (GV4). This point, the Vital Gate, tones original jing energy and the kidneys, balances the sperm, stops vaginal emissions in women, harmonizes blood, and promotes the flow of energy in the channels of the entire body. Moxibustion at this point is also indicated for infertility.
The mingmen point, on the Du channel, is located between the kidneys on the posterior midline, in the hollow just below the spinous process of the second lumbar vertebra. Massaging this point tones the kidneys, strengthens sexual potency, and balances the vital energy of the stomach and spleen.

Zongmen
This point is located on the Ren channel, along the midline of the abdomen, four millimeters above the navel. Located in the center of the stomach, it is useful in treating gastric problems, toning the spleen, balancing the vital energy of the stomach, and regularizing the Middle Burner. Daily massage of this point can yield satisfactory results in cases of sexual problems of digestive origin.

Zhangmen
This point, located on the side of the abdomen, below the tip of the eleventh floating rib, is useful for activating the circulation of blood, toning the spleen, and unblocking the channels. It is particularly useful in treating sexual problems such as seminal emissions and impotence.

Qihai
The qihai point lies on the Ren channel, on the anterior midline of the lower abdomen, one and a half thumb widths below the navel. Moxibustion of the qihai aids in the treatment of ailments stemming from weak vital energy—seminal emissions, and, in women, vaginal discharges and irregular menstrual periods; it can also prevent physical debilitation.

Guanyan
This point, which some people call cimen or dantian, also lies on the Ren channel. It is located on the anterior midline of the lower abdomen, three thumb widths below the navel. It can fortify not only sexual functions but one's general physical constitution. It is particularly useful in treating ailments caused by asthenia, such as asthma, enuresis (urinary incontinence), seminal emissions, impotence, hernia, hematuria, abdominal pains, and diarrhea.

Xinshu
Xinshu, on the urinary bladder channel of taiyang, is located on the back, below the spinous process of the fifth dorsal vertebra, 1.5 millimeters from the posterior midline. This point is useful in treating disorders such as seminal emissions, angina pectoris, spitting up of blood, vomiting, melancholia, hemiplegia, poor memory, irritability, and fainting (due to fear). Moxibustion of this point calms the spirit, unblocks the channels, regularizes vital energy and blood, tones the muscles, and fortifies the bones.

Zusanli
This point is located on the lateral-front side of the leg, three thumb widths below the Dubi point, the width of an index finger from the front edge of the tibia. Zusanli lies on the stomach channel of foot-yangmin. Moxibustion of this point is useful for strengthening one's physical constitution, regularizing vital energy, toning the stomach and spleen, combating breathing impairments, and unblocking the channels. It is also effective in treating ailments such as physical debilitation, nausea, diarrhea, and dizziness, as well as sexual troubles caused by renal weaknesses. In women, it can treat atrophy of the vulva.

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