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The Moon Over Matsushima

Insights Into Moxa and Mugwort

Blue Poppy Education hosted a fabulous interview on its YouTube channel with Yuki Itaya, DAOM, and Merlin Young, a Toyohari acupuncturist located in West Midlands, U.K., and author of the book noted above who both co-founded Moxafrica. Moxafrica is a British charity dedicated to investigate direct moxibustion immunomodulation as a adjunctive treatment for tuberculosis particularly when drug-resistant. My interest peaked when Yuki and Merlin spoke about the application of cone moxa in the treatment of Long COVID manifestations that so many of our HealingGround clients struggle on a daily basis.

Moxafrica launched an important investigation to establish which moxa 'protocols' (of five or six moxa-points) might be of most benefit for those struggling to put any of the lingering 'Long COVID' symptoms to rest. If you think you are a Long COVID longhauler and wonder whether you might benefit, please get in touch at:

A free manual is available at the website home page to guide placement of moxa cones that are inexpensive and readily available. I did not know until the conversation with Yuki and Merlin that mugwort is a keystone species. I will be foraging through the Wisconsin northwoods for our mugwort!

Moxibustion has been a journey since 2005 as Junji Mizutani Sensei mentioned it would take about twenty-five years to become proficient in rolling moxa needles as efficiently as he rolled in class. At the time I glanced at my watch and thought I had best stay with moxa wool in a box, pole moxa, or stick on moxa as my moxa rolls resembled sausages. All three moxa applications run too hot producing too much smoke for my taste and now that I am approaching Mizutani Sensei's twenty-five year prediction the gently rolled sausages are now pretty good rice half grain. Daily practice is key!

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