Mahosot hospital acupuncture department, Vientiane, Laos

Mahosot Hospital and Dr.Sychanh Khamkong, Laos – How Does Moxibustion Work?

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In Vientiane, the capital of Laos, Mahosot hospital has dedicated a whole department only for TCM acupuncture. Dr. Sychanh Khamkong is probably the most skilled and best acupuncturist in Vientiane. In addition of holding a degree of allopathic physician she has attended many courses in China for specializing in acupuncture. With her I got to experience how does moxibustion work to alleviate adrenal fatigue. It’s one of the acupuncture techniques that many practitioners do not use because of the smoke issues that requires good ventilation.

On the weekdays, daytime hours, she works at Mahosot Hospital in the center of Vientiane, but in the evenings and weekends she does the same at her own clinic. It is located in the middle of humble residential area west from the city center near Kong view restaurant along a narrow alley parallel to the Rte Luang Prabang Street that leads to the Airport(see the map below). Going to her own clinic is cheaper, but more inconvenient. She used to charge only 40000 KIP(ca. 5USD) per session while at Mahosot it is around 60-80 000KIP. Drinking water is complimentary. If staying at the tourist hub near riverside, it makes a 15-20 minutes bicycle ride to her clinic while the hospital is just few minutes away. First half of the ride is easy and scenery along the riverside boulevard and the other half must be done along the more or less heavy trafficked high way.

There was many locals every time I went to see her, so it was clear that she has established her name and practice very well. It made me feel like being in good hands despite not the most sophisticated premises. She has the longest needles I have seen and they wobble after insertion. Her technique is from the rougher end and she may also attach some electrodes on the needles which I found inconvenient and overstimulating considering my sleeping and adrenal issue. But for some other ailments it might be good extra. And like I said she also does real moxibustion with acupuncture. There is decent ventilation that allows it. That makes her stand out in comparison to more upscale places that avoid it due to smoke issues.

At her clinic I tried to do the same as at Mungkala in Chiang Mai, but I found the first three sessions were doing more harm than good. My sleep was getting worse which did not happen at Mungkala. I don’t know was it because of her rough technique, wrong points or some electrodes she used that made it that way. Maybe a combination of all those. However, after three sessions I told her what is going on and immediately she knew what to do, a kidney tonification. She asked me to take my shirt off and go lie down on my right side. She then inserted two needles to my back on Shenshu BL-23 points along with moxibustion, heating the needles with burning herb. She took pieces of the herb and placed it at the tips of the needles and set them burning. That allows the smoke and heat go to the acu-points along the needles.

That worked like a miracle and reversed all the agitation I had gotten from the previous sessions. It was very powerful and I felt very relaxed and relieved afterwards. The soothing effect started soon after the needles and herb was inserted, so the effect was very instant. I felt my body needed it like desert miss the rain, to put it poetically. My conclusion was that I had already too high cortisol, or my adrenals were not keeping up with the stress I was exposed on the previous times, and by the underlying mercury redistribution that has apparently caused my problem. To feel how does moxibustion work in such case was truly unique experience.

Afterall, even if she is maybe the best acupuncturist in Vientiane, I must admit that her technique for insomnia at least in my case was too rough, but like I said I saw plenty of locals queuing to her practice and obviously find her treatment helpful. Therefore I can recommend her although my personal experience for treating insomnia was not the best one and after all I left being relieved with the kidney tonification on Shenshu BL-23 acupuncture points that I find like miracle cure for adrenal fatigue. My travel plans did not allow another similar session, so I continued in Chiang Mai. You can read more about Dr.Sheng Zhong Wang in the article I made about him.

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Dr. Sychanh Khamkong

Her home clinic near the Kong View restaurant outskirts of the city.

Phone: 021 242720 / 020(2)2204745

Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane

FaNgum Rd. Phiavat, Vientiane, Laos

Phone: +856 (0)20 76 366 651 / +856(0)212 14 022

Monday to Friday: 8:00AM to 4:30PM

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