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.
Moxibustion is used for:
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.
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.
Naturally, moxibustion can be used to treat various physical and health related issues which include: