What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a traditional treatment which involves the burning of a herb called Artemesia Vulgaris, either held over the acupuncture point in stick form or wrapped around the head of the needle. This emits a gentle warmth that deeply penetrates the body, warming the painful area and also clearing any blockages in energy that are present.

The warming effect is very pleasant where pain is chronic, as joints respond well to the application of warmth. It soothes the flow of energy and blood, so it is frequently used in cases of injury or trauma.


Indirect (stick) moxibustion

therapy imageCurrently, the more popular form of moxibustion in many countries including China is the indirect form, because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning.

In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick (roughly the shape and size of a cigar) and holds it an inch or two away from the skin, usually around the inserted needles to bring mild warmth to the area without burning, until the skin becomes slightly red. The intensity of the heat is adjusted according to the patient's condition and comfort.

Indirect moxa is considered to induce a gradual localized vasodilatation response. In addition to increasing the local blood flow, skillful indirect moxibustion is extremely comforting and can create a deep relaxation response.


Needle Moxibustion Technique

therapy image This technique used to be quite popular in Japan. With the needle moxa technique, the heat intensity is much harder to control than the moxa stick method.

Moxa heat conducted through the needle is minimal, but nevertheless deeply penetrative and able to reach points within the body. Most of the heat experienced is actually reflective heat at the skin surface, just like the moxa stick method.

Protective shields are used on the skin to prevent any burning sensation and the practitioner will always be present to remove the moxa as soon as the required level of warmth has been established.

Conditions that respond well to Moxibustion include:

  • Muscular pain
  • Chronic pain in all joints
  • Lack of energy
  • Lack of energy
  • Menstrual problems and infertility
  • Sinus problems
  • Arthritis
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Constipation



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