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Healing with Fire

A Practical Manual of Tibetan Moxibustion

by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu

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This manual is the first of its kind to focus on the Tibetan technique of moxibustion, an external therapy that uses the power of heat to stimulate a curative effect. A widespread form of traditional healing in the East, moxibustion is one of the most ancient medical therapies known to humanity. Mainly popularized as a branch of Chinese medicine, moxibustion was originally practiced in Shang Shung, a kingdom predating Tibet whose existence can be traced back at least four thousand years.

Healing with Fire is a comprehensive compendium of the five hundred most important and effective moxibustion points in the Tibetan and Shang Shung system, with an emphasis on practical instructions for readers with varying levels of expertise in the healing arts. The book is the culmination of decades of painstaking research by Professor Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, a foremost scholar of Tibetan culture and philosophy, who inspired by his personal experience of this unique and effective treatment method has gathered knowledge from ancient scriptures ranging from the well-known Four Medical Tantras to recondite manuscripts found in the caves of Tun-Huang.

The book features twenty-five original drawings illustrating the positions of the individual points, as well as an index of indications to facilitate the identification of points for the treatment of specific medical conditions. It includes an appendix that discusses arcane astrological factors frequently taken into consideration in Tibetan traditional medicine.

    About This Book vii Translator’s Introduction ix Tibetan Moxibustion ix Basic Principles of Tibetan Medicine xxiii HOMAGE PART ONE: TIBETAN MOXIBUSTION THERAPY
  • The Practice of Moxibustion 3
  • 1) How to Prepare Moxa 3
  • 2) Cases for Which Moxa Is Indicated 5
  • 3) Cases for Which Moxa Is Contraindicated 6
  • 4) Types of Moxa Points 6
  • 5) How to Locate Moxa Points 8
  • 6) Methods of Applying Moxa 8
  • 7) Post-Treatment Guidelines 9
  • 8) Benefits of Moxa 10
  • Key to Medical Sources Cited in This Manual 11
  • PART TWO: COMPENDIUM OF POINTS AND INDICATIONS
  • Points on the Back 15
  • Points on the Front 39
  • Points on the Extremities 60
  • CONCLUDING VERSES 101
  • AFTERWORD: POINT DRAWINGS 103
  • APPENDIX A: ASTROLOGICAL FACTORS 133
  • APPENDIX B: ABOUT THE AUTHOR 143
  • NOTES 149
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY 177
  • INDEXES
  • Indications Index 181
  • General Index 205

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