What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion or Moxa therapy is a form of heat therapy that utilizes the burning of the herb Mugwort on or near the skin, this technique assists in stimulating the body by inducing heat to promote blood flow and overall maintain general health.
It can be used as a therapy by itself or in combination with acupuncture needles. The burning of moxa has been used throughout Asia for centuries and is currently still being used in this modern era. Much studies have been done on the effects of burning moxa and its health benefits such as improved immune system, aid in digestive issues, fertility support and many more!
What does it feel like?
There are many ways of applying moxibustion, depending on which type of moxa therapy will determine the sensation felt by the clients. In general moxa will give off a pleasant heat that penetrates deep into the body, normally there shouldn’t be any pain but it is always important for the clients to communicate with the practitioners for an enjoyable experience, especially in the Winter!
What is it used for?
Moxibustion can be used to maintain health as part of a supporting treatment to help strengthen the body. It warms the body and the energetic lines that run throughout the body known as meridians. The heat from the burning moxa is used to promote circulation over any muscular tension or chronic pain, it is especially helpful against conditions that are greatly affected by cold or damp wet weather. Not to mention many studies have shown, that using moxibustion at a specific point on your foot can be a great help turn babies around before going into labour!
Below is a list of some conditions that moxibustion is useful for:
- General aches and pains
- Digestive issues such as bloating
- Menstrual cramps, excessive menstrual bleeding or lack of bleeding
- Poor immune system
- Common colds
- Breech presentations
Is it safe?
With our trained staff, moxibustion can be applied safely. At times a minor burn to the skin is needed as part of the healing process, other than that Evolution clinic takes important steps to prevent any severe burns to the client.
Naturally smoke will be produced when burning the moxa. Rest assured, at Evolution Medical Care, we provide smokeless moxa so there is no need to worry about any respiratory side effects.
How often should I use it?
The amount of times burning moxa for oneself is determined by the condition of disease and how severe. Like all types of therapy, it is important to discuss and follow the instructions of a qualified Acupuncturist.
When not to use Moxa?
Although moxibustion is safe to use, there are certain situations where using moxa is not recommended. These include but are not limited to:
- Conditions that are aggravated by heat
- Rashes aggravated by heat