Fire and Smoke: Using Moxa to Treat Antibiotic Resistant Tuberculosis
With Guest: Merlin Young
- Moxa has historically been used in China to treat TB
- In the 1930’s moxa was used in Japan to treat TB
- The influence of the medical anthropologist Paul Farmer
- Promoting longevity with daily moxa on ST36
- The work and research of Oharo Shinatona
- TB is out of control in large parts of the world
- Use of moxa in North Korea for the treatment of TB
- Moxa Africa’s research projects
- TB as an illness process
- Transplanting Japanese moxa technology to other cultures
- Open sourced sharing of information and treatment of TB using moxa
- Pilot study in Uganda
- How to help support the efforts of Moxafrica
I'm an acupuncturist who got infected by tuberculosis. This didn't occur in the conventional bacteriological sense – I just got hooked by the negligence that has allowed this ancient lethal and foul disease to become resist to modern drugs and allowed to flourish in the poorer quarters of our world. For the past ten years I've been trying to figure out how this can possibly have happened and figure out, with the help of some very wonderful friends, whether we might be able to do something to help this catastrophe with our own ‘medicine'.
The Moon over Matsushima – insights into moxa and mugwort (a comprehensive discourse on moxibustion). Incidentally, the hard copy version includes an appendix listing of around 200 conditions which can be treated with moxa. The ‘kindle' version (which is much cheaper) is slightly updated, however doesn't include this appendix but includes instead a reflection on Moxafrica written six years down the line from the book's original publication. The treatment appendix, meanwhile, is published separately on Kindle as The Moon over Matsushima – the Single: Clinical Moxibustion Treatments.
Hard Rain – forecasting the future of tuberculosis – a deliberately short and accessible introduction to the complexities of tuberculosis and the shortcomings of the global response.
The moxafrica website includes information about moxafrica, and what they have achieved so far. It also includes links to the peer-reviewed published results of the Ugandan moxa-TB RCT, and publishes the very exciting results of the North Korean study. It further incorporates a series of blogs which continue to comment on the world's (inadequate) response to this dreadful pandemic.Merlin references Paul Farmer's Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poorand draws inspiration from Dr. Farmer's extraordinary work.
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