Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which the leafy herb mugwort is dried and burned either above the skin or directly on the skin using a protective burn cream. The intention of using moxa on certain acupuncture points or acupuncture channels is to warm and move qi (pronounced "chee") to facilitate healing.
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi (pronounced "chee"). Studies have shown that moxibustion is effetive in turning babies in breech presentations and may also reduce the pains felt in menstrual cycles.
What is moxibustion used for?
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
Gynecological and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late term pregnancy and painful menses
Protection against cold and flu strains
When burned, moxa is smokey and has a strong herb smell. We can use fans to reduce the smell and smoke as much as possible but there may be a slight smokey odor when we are done.
Moxibustion therapy is most often combined with acupuncture or Mayan abdominal bodywork.