Traditional Japanese Moxibustion (Okyu) Therapy - Course 2

Okyu - Direct Moxibustion

Learn how to practice and use direct moxa as taught in Japan. We will cover various TaiJi/Taikyoku treatments of Sawada, Fukaya, Dr. Hara and Mizutani as well as use of various bamboo tubes.

Paul Movsessian
Paul Movsessian

Course Overview

In this course Paul Movsessian will cover:


Introduction to general use and application of direct moxibustion: Application amount of moxa is based on the constitution of the patient and whether they are dealing with a deficient or excess condition. General Information on Moxibustion used in Direct Moxa and Special Points, History of Direct Moxa in Classical Literature, Case Studies on the use and Explanation of Direct Moxa in Hot Conditions - How Yang Moxa Can Create Yin Fluids, Research Study on Direct Moxa to treat Spleen Qi and Yang Deficiency Fatigue.


Finding the Alive Point for Moxa: In Japan, the concept of living and functioning points is often ascribed to Takeshi Sawada. Points are more than anatomical landmarks; they are manifestations of a functional problem in the body. As such, they are normally dormant, becoming active when a pathological condition begins to form. Point location based solely on anatomical knowledge will be less effective than live assessment.


Making Shiunko Ointment Or Purple Cloud Cream: Shiunko is used with okyu (direct moxa) to both protect the skin and to allow for the moxa to stick to the skin.

Moxa Training Board And Paper For Direct Moxibustion.


Okyu - Direct Moxibustion: Various styles and methods of rolling and using okyu as well as dosage of application.


Taikyoku Treatment Protocol, History and Theory of Takeshi Sawada, Shimetarō Hara, and Isaburo Fukaya.


Theory and various Bamboo Tubes from Fukaya and Junji Mizutani and treatment protocols.


  • You will learn about okyu - direct moxibustion: from its origins in the East and its journey to the West, the many ways it is applied, dosage, adverse reactions, healing reactions, what it is used for and how, contraindications, and Special Points.

  • We will cover the historical basis of moxa in the classical literature to modern research; case studies explaining how Yang Moxa produces Yin cooling fluids; Taikyoku Whole Body Treatments, history and theory of Sawada, Dr. Hara, Fukaya and Mizutani.

  • Develop skills in: Japanese methods of rolling rice grain moxa; practice using moxa board & paper; bamboo tubes; live point location; methods of placing & extinguishing moxa; making shiunko ointment; applying Constitutional Whole Body Treatments.


  • 0 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Introduction, General Information on Moxibustion, History, and Case Studies on Yang Moxa produces Yin cooling fluids.

  • 1.5 hrs - 3.5 hrs

    Research, Finding the Alive Point for Moxibustion, Making Shiunko Ointment
, Moxa Training Board, Okyu - Direct Moxibustion, visual presentation of Direct Moxa on Training Board and then on Paper.

  • 3.5 hrs - 4.75 hrs

    General Rule of Application of Moxa and Cork Moxa Rolling Boards, Takeshi Sawada, Sawada Taiji Moxa Treatment
, visual presentation of Rolling Board, Location of Live Points and Sawada Taiji Moxa Treatment.

  • 4.75 hrs - 5.75 hrs

    Doctor Shimetarō Hara, Doctor Shimetarō's Taiji Treatment, and visual presentation of Doctor Shimetarō's Taiji Treatment.

  • 5.75 hrs - 6.5 hrs

    Isaburo Fukaya, Dosage and use of the Bamboo Tube, Isaburo Fukaya's Taiji Moxa Treatment, and visual presentation of Isaburo Fukaya's Taiji Moxa Treatment.

  • 6.5 hrs - 7 hrs

    Junji Mizutani Bamboo Tube and Moxibustion Protocol, and visual presentation of Junji Mizutani Bamboo Tube and Moxibustion Protocol.


  • Olga S. (United States of America)

    This course provided ample information, demonstrations, and practical clinical instruction for me to feel comfortable incorporating direct, non-scarring moxa into my own clinical practice. This course is a must for anyone seeking a greater understanding of this very important therapy.

  • Jessica M. (Australia)

    I found this course to be really informative, inspiring


This course provided ample information, demonstrations, and practical clinical instruction for me to feel comfortable incorporating direct, non-scarring moxa into my own clinical practice. This course is a must for anyone seeking a greater understanding of this very important therapy.

Olga S. (United States of America)

I found this course to be really informative, inspiring

Jessica M. (Australia)


Paul Movsessian

Paul Movsessian is a practitioner of Traditional East Asian Medicine, having been trained by some of the greatest teachers of Japan, and being in practice for 36 years. He lectures extensively and takes great joy in sharing the clinical pearls he has been given and has collected over the years.


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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: Standard Certificate (7), NCCAOM (7)

    Pending: California [Upon Request]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Seminar

  • Course Length: 7 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: Lifetime


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