Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a herbaceous perennial plant, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the body, stimulate the flow of ‘qi’, and maintain general health.
There are numerous ways moxibustion can be done. Frequently, moxa (mugwort after it is dried and ground) is rolled into a small tube shape that can be lit and held over specific acupuncture points creating a warm sensation at that location. It can also be placed in a holder that sits on the body, be attached to the end of an acupuncture needle, or can be lit and placed on a barrier material on the body.
Moxa can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or can be used on its own to stimulate select acupuncture points. Since it has a warming effect on the body, it is used for what would be considered ‘cold’ diseases in Chinese Medicine. Basically, these are issues that feel better with warmth and worse with cold such as certain types of arthritis, some gastrointestinal issues, headaches, and menstrual cramps.
MOXA EXPRESS TREATMENT
This is a 30-minute treatment (30 minute total appointment time. Moxa is used on the body for 10 to 20 minutes depending on the individual need and tolerance.) in which lit moxa is used to stimulate selected acupuncture points. No needling is involved in a Moxa Express Treatment.
WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS TREATMENT
- Patients with ‘cold disease’ types symptoms (as described above)
- People who want the benefits of acupuncture without needles
- Burning moxa produces a great deal of smoke and has a pungent odor. Those with respiratory problems may find the smoke irritating.
- Because it is used specifically for patients suffering from ‘cold patterns’, it should not be used on anyone diagnosed with too much heat (ie: conditions made worse by adding more heat).