What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion also called “Moxa”, is a traditional Chinese Medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort on particular points on the body. It can be a cigar-shaped stick or a small pole. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burn it an inch or two above the patient’s skin.
- Practitioners hold a burning moxa stick close to, but not touching, the surface of the skin, producing a unique form of very penetrating heat. The smouldering moxa stick is held over specific areas corresponding to certain acupuncture points.
- Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area.
- Gynecological disease
- Pain due to injury or arthritis, especially in “cold” patterns where the pain naturally feels better with the application of heat.
- Digestive problems and irregular elimination.
- Protection against cold and flu strains.