Traditional Chinese therapy SanJiuTie Moxa Patch improves immunity in winter

Source: Taipei Medical University Hospital

Published on 2021-12-27

The “SanJiu Tie (三九貼) Moxa Patch” is a traditional Chinese therapy for chronic  corticoadrenal insufficiency related symptoms in winter.

It is the counterpart of acupuncture point therapy such as the “SanFu Tie (三伏貼) Moxa Patch” in summer. The SanFu and the SanJiu days stand for the hottest period (SanFu) and the coldest period (SanJiu) of the year respectively. SanFu and SanJiu days are the most suitable time to improve the body constitution of those who are predisposed to allergies.

In traditional Chinese medicine, SanJiu days refers to the period of time right after the winter solstice. During this time, the natural environment becomes fluid in temperature. That is, the environment is at the junction of yin (陰): the coolest, and yang (陽): the hottest. In this time, the human body becomes sensitive and are easily affected by external environment and medical treatment. Therefore, the practitioners would recommend applying traditional Chinese medicines that relieve chill in a body and provide heat to the corresponding acupoints. The medicine stimulates the acupoints to improve immunity and help relieving the recurrent lung-related diseases and allergies.