What is moxibustion?
Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy based in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which consists of burning dried plant materials called "moxa" on particular points on the body. It aims to relieve chills from the body and to help naturally rebalance the person’s vital energy called "qi". It is traditionally used with acupuncture and aims to warm the body and eliminate stagnation to help the body restore its optimal health.
What is moxibustion used for?
Moxibustion is used for:
- Relieving pain due to injury or arthritis
- Relieving digestive problems
- Relieving gynecological and obstetrical conditions
- Protection against cold and flu strains
Practitioners often perform moxibustion and acupuncture in the same session when it is appropriate to the diagnosis and treatment plan. They also believe that these therapies increase each other’s effectiveness when combined together.
How does moxibustion work?
Moxibustion involves the burning of an herb called Mugwort. The healing moxibustion treatment starts after the practitioner has completely assessed the patient’s body and has identified the areas of ill-health. Once the mugwort has started to burn, the practitioner will either place the grain type moxa directly on the patient’s skin to provide direct healing, or may use a moxa roll slightly above the skin to provide indirect healing. These treatments both help in removing damp and cold from the body.
Health benefits of moxibustion
Naturally, moxibustion can be used to treat various physical and health related issues which include:
- Muscle cramps and strains
- Digestive problems
- Painful menstrual periods
- Sexual issues
- Poor concentration
- Memory loss / fogginess
- Sports related injuries
- Pain that worsens with cold like old injuries, sprains or breaks
- Colds and flus