Moxibustion, also known by its short form “moxa”, has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years.Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing.
The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi (energy), and maintain general health.
How Does Moxibustion Work?One end of a cigar-sized moxa stick is lit and held close to the area being treated for several minutes until warmth is created on the skin surface and the area turns red.
Stimulate the flow of qi (energy) with moxibustion and acupuncture
What Is Moxibustion Used For?Typically moxibustion is used on those who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold, and warm the meridians, which leads to a smoother flow of blood and qi.
More commonly, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. Moxibustion is also used with acupuncture to alleviate common conditions. The moxa-acupuncture combination is also effective for:
- Back pain
- Still muscles