Jul 12, 2021 to Jul 31, 2021

Event Leader: Deborah Woolf, Tom Waterman Event Category: Sanfu Moxa

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Sanfu Moxa 三伏灸

Can you imagine not getting a single sniffle this winter?

You have the power to strengthen your immune system with this age old practice that harnesses the power of the summer to fight against colds, coughs and flu for the rest of the year.

What is Sanfu moxibustion?

It is an ancient Chinese preventative care method: strengthen the body in summer, so as to avoid respiratory tract infections, colds and other low immune system problems arising in winter. It has been in use for over 300 years, and is still very popular in China.

It is also good for asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis and many other lung related illnesses.

When can I have this treatment?

There are 3 specific days every summer when doing this treatment is most useful and long-lasting: a course of treatments is a treatment on all 3 of these days.

What is involved?

On each visit to the Sanfu moxa clinic, the acupuncturist will warm your back with moxibustion (a warming herb) which is placed on your back on various acupuncture points, over a slice of ginger. This feels warm and nice, and takes around 15 minutes. No needles are used.

Then the acupuncturist will put a special Sanfu herbal mixture on the same points on your back, taping them in place. These need to stay taped to your back for 4 hours, after which you can remove them. Wash the area with soap and water and gently pat it dry with a clean cloth or towel.

Sanfu Moxa for Natural Immunity


There can be various different reactions to the treatment, including a sensation of heat, itching or redness on the points, which may develop into small blisters even 2 or 3 days after the treatment. If you do develop blisters, keep the area clean, cover with a plaster to protect it and do not pop the blisters. Do not put anything to cool the area on the blisters as you do not want to remove the special Yang effect of the herbs that have been applied with the Sanfu treatment.

Sanfu Moxa for Natural Immunity

Sanfu moxibustion dates for 2021

You will need to book 3 out of these 4 possible dates for your course of treatment:

  • Mon 12th July
  • Wednesday 21st July
  • Saturday 31 July
  • Tue 10 August

Each session will last approximately 20 minutes.
A full course treatment (3 sessions) is £90.

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“My first experience of Sanfu moxa treatment was two years ago following a painful and debilitating winter after contracting pleurisy. I was so ill and my breathing so painful that I was determined to find a way of strengthening my immune system for the following winter. Sanfu moxa had a profound effect on me, with a deep warming sensation that gave me a whole new energy, I could breath more clearly and felt a real inner warmth which lasted for a sustained period beyond the treatment.
That winter I was completely cold and cough free and have subsequently had a further course of Sanfu and again no colds or coughs.
I was particularly keen to receive the Sanfu treatment last year with the threat of Covid 19 as I still have concerns that my lungs have been weakened from my earlier pleurisy. The practitioners at Anahata were attentive, professional and created a really relaxed atmosphere. I can’t imagine now approaching winter without having this treatment.
I would definitely recommend that everyone try Sanfu, you will not regret it!”— CB, Brighton

“I’d never had Sanfu moxa before but really enjoyed the treatments. I found myself energised after each session but more importantly felt like I was less sick with cold and flu’s over the winter months. If I did become ill, I felt as though my recovery was quicker, I would definitely try it again.” — TW, Brighton

“The experience of having Sanfu moxa was really interesting. I was keen to try it: acupuncture including moxibustion has been very effective for me in the past. I felt a deep sense of warmth, a sensation which stayed with me for far longer than standard moxa. Also the pain relieving and positive effects, including the ease with which I could take a deep breath, lasted for a sustained time. I would recommend this treatment, especially for those keen to explore preventive approaches.” — TH, Brighton

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