The therapeutic use Moxa to apply heat to Acupuncture Points on the body

 

What is Moxibustion?

 Moxibustion involves the burning of a herb called Moxa or mugwort in English which is a small spongy herb used to put heat into the body which facilitates healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of qi, strengthen and reinforce the blood, warm and remove cold from the body, and maintain general health.

There are two forms of moxibustion, Direct and Indirect.

Direct Moxibustion is where moxa is placed on the skin and burnt then removed before it burns down completely. This is not painful and produces a deep warming affect.

Indirect Moxibustion is when a cigar like stick of Moxa is lit and held over a needle or acupuncture point. This also radiates heat which penetrates deep into the body producing the theraputic affect desired. Indirect Moxibustion can also refer to moxa placed on the end of a needle sending its head down through the needle for a more precise affect.

Does Moxibustion Hurt?

This is a very therapeutic technique with the patient experiencing a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates through the skin deep into the body. Moxa placed and burnt on the skin as in the direct method is removed before it becomes too hot. In China they do practice scar moxibustion where the moxa is burnt down to skin level producing a small blister but this is not generally practiced within Australia.

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