Moxibustion (heat therapy)
Moxa or moxibustion is a traditional Chinese Medicine therapy used to warm acupuncture points and meridians of the body. This stimulates circulation, and induces a smoother flow of blood and energy (qi) within the body.
What is Moxa made of and how is it used?
Moxibustion is made from dried mugwort. There are several methods of moxibustion. The moxa can be applied directly by placing a small cone of moxa onto the
the desired acupuncture point. Indirect moxa holds a cigar
made of moxa near the acupuncture point to heat the skin, or holds it on an acupuncture needle inserted in the skin to heat the needle. This simultaneous use of moxibustion along with the acupuncture needle intensifies the therapeutic benefit of the given acupuncture point.
How is Moxa beneficial to the body?
Moxibustion is especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems ‘deficient conditions’ (weakness). It can be used in the treatment of a variety of conditions ranging from bronchial asthma to arthritis.
According to Chinese Medicine Moxa is primarily used to treat a deficiency of ‘yang’ energy in the body. The ‘Yang ‘energy governs movement and warmth within the body. Symptoms of Yang deficiency include a feeling of cold, cold hands and feet, weakness in the body, incontinence or loose
stools, although these symptoms must be differentiated by thepractitioner as they may have other causes.
Another popular use of stick moxa is in the turning of a breech baby. Stick moxa is applied to the outside edge of the little toe on both feet of the pregnant mother for 15 to 20 minutes a day. Best results are achieved when treatment starts in the 34th week of pregnancy.