There are Two Main Concerns When Using Moxa:
Points that are prohibited to moxa; and
Improper techniques which may burn the patient.
We’ll start first by looking at which points are prohibited to moxa. Both direct and indirect moxibustion fall under this category. Almost all of what I learned about prohibited points came directly from attending lectures with Dr. So and listening to him in private at the clinic. The clinical rationale underlying some of Dr. So’s prohibitions may not be readily apparent, but I trust his reliance upon the very old traditions of Chinese medicine which informed his viewpoints. Again, all credit goes to Dr. So for the following information, which was gathered from his lectures and in private conversations: