I am a great believer in the powers of the moxa stick for all sorts of skin conditions which don’t respond well to other forms of treatment. Here is another example of this.
A 14-year old boy had
a very nasty large patch of itchy, toughened skin around his knee, about 4-5
inches (10 cms) in diameter, a condition called lichen simplex chronicus, for which
the specialist as usual prescribed steroid cream. I immediately produced a moxa stick, and
suggested that this should be used as many times a day as possible by waving it
slowly and as closely as possible over the scaley, leathery skin until the
whole area was thoroughly warmed up.
Within a day, the itching,
which had been unbearable before, had improved, and the skin started to look
pinker and healthier. Today, three days
later, I was told that the skin is beginning to look very much like back to normal. It is lucky that the boy so enjoys using the stick that he sits hunched over his knee four times a day, hence the
speed with which the area is starting to regain its normal appearance.
I have always said that
every home should have a moxa stick in its own moxa holder (a small candlestick
of the right size can be used for this), ready to be used whenever the skin is
affected in any way. Boils, cuts,
psoriasis, and all conditions affecting the skin can be miraculously healed in
a surprisingly short time. I used it on
somebody with a very large weeping blister on one of my walking tours, and was
known ever after as “the lady with the magic stick”, when, even to my surprise,
the blister healed sufficiently to make walking possible the next day.
It is also excellent for bed sores in bed-bound people, although hospitals are unlikely to allow it for fear of setting off the fire alarms. One very ill patient of mine, though, insisted on asking for her very painful bed-sores to be treated with the stick. Surprisingly the hospital agreed to this, perhaps because she was very close to the end of her life, and she told me triumphantly how much it had helped reduce the pain, to the nursing staff's surprise.