Clay device used for Helmet Moxibustion, also known as Dream or Earthern Mortar Moxibustion, to allow burning moxa to be supported on a patients head, for use by blind practitioners in Japan, from the surgery of a British practitioner c.1996 (see note), made by Dr Obika Reiko at the National Rehabilitation Centre, Tokorozawa City, Japanese, 1980-1985.
Japanese legend has it a Samurai warrior experiencing a terrible headache. He was unable to remove his helmet during battle. Moxibustion was applied on top of his helmet. His headache vanished and he went on to claim victory. Moxibustion is a treatment where the moxa or Artemisia vulgaris plant is dried then burnt. This earthenware hat is used for Helmet Moxibustion. It is also known as Dream or Earthen Mortar Moxibustion. It is similar in shape to that of a Samurai warrior’s. It allowed burning moxa to be supported on a patients head. This example was made by and intended for blind practitioners in Japan.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is also practised in Japan. TCM believes moxibustion stimulates the flow of the life force known as qi (chi) around the body. Qi is considered essential for wellbeing and health.