Jul 16, 2020 to Aug 13, 2020
Sanfu Moxa 三伏灸
Can you imagine not getting a single sniffle this winter?
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.
Then the acupuncturist will put a special Sanfu 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.
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 moxibustion dates for 2020
Choose 3 out of the following 4 dates for your course of treatment:
- Thursday 16th July
- Thursday 23rd July
- Wednesday 5th August
- Thursday 13th August
Each session will last approximately 20 minutes.
A full course treatment (3 sessions) is £90.
“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