Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. There is no pain associated with this, rather a gentle feeling of warmth to the area. Most people feel very relaxed after a session.
What It’s Used For?
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to a smoother flow of blood and qi. It may reduce the symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture. It is also very beneficial for various skin conditions such as rashes or eczema. Moxibustion is very useful when treating minors as well as the aged.
This treatment can be added onto any Chinese Medicine treatment or massage.