Moxibustion is a traditional therapy that involves the burning of a small bundle of tightly bound herbs, or moxa, to targeted acupoints of the body. A technique used in traditional Chinese medicine and in Tibetan medicine, it is sometimes used along with acupuncture.

Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. It is part of traditional Chinese medical practices and came about near the same time as acupuncture. In such a cold, mountainous region, heating the body on energetically active points was thought to help prevent illness and promote healing.

How Is Moxibustion Done?

Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, which is a bunch of dried leaves from mugwort plants that have been formed into a small cigar shaped tube. It is then positioned above the various acupoints of the body.

How Does Moxibustion Feel Like?

You would generally feel a slow warming yet pleasant sensation along the acupoints where the moxa is placed. The therapist will remove the burning moxa before the warmth becomes too intense.

You might leave feeling a bit light headed. Some patients experience sleepiness while others feel supercharged. Almost always, everyone feels better after Moxibustion.

What Can Moxibustion Treat?

Like many traditional Chinese medicine modalities, Moxibustion can be used as an integrative treatment with other modalities such as Acupuncture, Reiki, and other forms of complementary therapy modalities.

Some conditions that can be effectively treated with Moxibustion include:

  • Pain due to injury or arthritis, especially in “cold” patterns where the pain naturally feels better with the application of heat
  • Digestive problems and irregular elimination
  • Gynecological and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late term pregnancy
  • Protection against cold and flu strains

Are There Any Contraindications?

Moxibustion is generally not recommended for patients with diabetes, decreased sensitivity to pain, who are on certain medications such as prednisone, or who have any other conditions involving compromised circulation or a weakened immune system.

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