San fu jiu (moxibustion)

San Fu Jiu (or named as San Fu Moxibustion) is a distinctive therapeutic and healthcare method in traditional Chinese medicine. It combines the principles of temporal medicine, acupuncture, and herbal medicine, creating a comprehensive therapy. 

During the specific period known as the San Fu Period, which is the hottest and most yang phase of the year, corresponding to the peak of the summer season, the body’s yang energy is abundant. As a result, the skin pores become loose and dilated, allowing the abundant qi and blood of the meridians to flow towards the body surface. 

The specific method used is called “moxibustion,” which involves burning the herb known as “mugwort.” Mugwort has a warming nature and can stop bleeding, expel cold, and alleviate pain. The heat generated by mugwort circulates through the meridians, targeting areas affected by dampness and heat and dispersing cold and dampness. 

In summary, the heat energy warms the yang, and the yang energy dispels cold. Therefore, Three Fu Moxibustion utilizes the timing (during the Fu Period), collects the earth’s qi (from mugwort), and sweeps away the cold and yin energy within the body, achieving the goal of “treating winter diseases in the summer.” 

According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, San Fu Jiu has the following effects: 

  1. Warming and opening the meridians: The heat from moxibustion promotes blood circulation, relieving pain and discomfort caused by stagnation of qi and blood, such as in the case of cold legs in the elderly. 
  1. Dispelling cold and eliminating dampness: The combination of heat during the San Fu Period and the warmth of mugwort can warm the body, expel cold and dampness from the body, benefiting conditions such as impotence in men and dysmenorrhea in women. 
  1. Clearing and unblocking the meridians: Moxibustion can enhance the circulation of qi and blood, unblock the meridians, and achieve balance between yin and yang in the body, beneficial for individuals with suboptimal health. 
  1. Strengthening the body and promoting health: San Fu Jiu helps enhance the body’s immune system, improve constitution, and prevent diseases, particularly suitable for individuals with qi deficiency, weak constitution, and those recovering from major illnesses. 

Which types of maladies are suitable for San Fu Jiu? 

  • Respiratory system disorders: Chronic cough, asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), recurrent colds, etc. 
  • Rheumatic and immune-related diseases: Joint pain, numbness in limbs, frozen shoulder, rheumatoid arthritis, cold and damp pain, etc. 
  • Digestive system disorders: Chronic hypofunctional gastritis, diarrhea, indigestion, loss of appetite, stomach pain, gastrointestinal ulcers, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, etc. 
  • Otorhinolaryngological disorders: Allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, chronic pharyngitis, etc. 
  • Men’s and women’s health issues: Impotence, premature ejaculation, irregular menstruation, gynecological inflammation, infertility, postpartum lower back pain, uterine coldness, chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, dysmenorrhea, diarrhea during menstruation, etc. 
  • Low immunity, cold extremities, aversion to cold, rheumatism, shoulder and back pain (caused by cold), and individuals with weakened constitution or prolonged illnesses. 
  • For individuals who stay up late, are frequently exposed to air conditioning, experience excessive stress, or have a workaholic lifestyle. 

If you suffer from conditions such as cold uterus and dysmenorrhea, spleen and stomach deficiency cold, cold hands and feet, aversion to wind and cold, rheumatic joint pain, shoulder and back pain (caused by cold), easy susceptibility to colds, please seize this opportunity to use this method. 

However, it should be noted that San Fu Jiu is not suitable for everyone. Pregnant women, those with acute infections, high fever, skin diseases, etc., should avoid moxibustion therapy. Before undergoing San Fu Jiu, please consult a professional traditional Chinese medicine practitioner at our Huatuo Clinic for an evaluation and guidance based on your individual physical condition. 

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