Scar Healing

Scar Healing

My sister recently had a beautiful baby girl via a c-section. Since then, she has been feeling some numbness and discomfort around her scar and was curious if acupuncture could help with the healing process. Yes, indeed it can. As she lives in Norway, I am unable to treat her. So, I instructed her to find herself a qualified local acupuncturist and in the meantime, shared a simple scar healing technique. The following treatment is designed to alleviate immediate discomfort and to set the stage for better scar healing.

Clearing a Scar with Ginger Moxa

The following instructions have been taken directly from the book Fertility Wisdom, How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Overcome Infertility, by Angela C. Wu.

1. Cut a slice of fresh ginger, making sure it contains a lot of juice.
2. With your fingertips, gently rub your scar three times in a clockwise direction, then three times counterclockwise.
3. Gently rub the gingerroot on your scar so that the juice remains on your skin. (Do not leave the gingerroot itself on your skin.)
4. Light a moxa stick and while it is warm but not too hot, move the moxa back and forth over the scar a few times. Be sure not to touch your skin.
5. After applying the moxa, rub the scar gently as in step 2 above.
6. As always, when using moxa, drink a little warm water afterward.

Follow these steps two to three times per week.

Before starting this treatment at home, consult with a qualified acupuncturist in your area to assess whether this treatment is appropriate for you. (often, they will also have some moxa sticks on hand for you to take home). Keep in mind, if you do have a new scar, wait at least one month before using the moxa and ginger therapy and do not use this technique on a scar that is red and/or inflamed.

Click on this link to read more about Moxa therapy.

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