Moxibustion, also known as moxa, is a TCM technique that involves the burning of mugwort (Folium Artemisia Argyi), a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Although Moxa may be used as a standalone treatment, it is often used in combination with acupuncture, cupping, Tuina or Gua Sha. Patients will experience a soothing spread of warmth deep into their body or over the area being treated. Moxa may be used as part of a daily health regimen to increase longevity. Moxibustion has the ability to reduce inflammation and relieve pain which is usually caused by a blockage in the flow of Qi (pronounced chee), as well as blood stagnation while also being able to inhibit pain due to cold or vascular occlusion.
Using heat, it reduces the temperature of the problem area, so that the healing mechanism of moxibustion is able to achieve the same results as needle acupuncture. It is through qi that moxibustion does the work, not the direct incoherent heat that we associate with burning.
Moxibustion is used for:
•The alleviation of pain arising from injury or arthritis, especially pain that alleviates with the application of heat
•Gynaecological issues, such as pre-menstrual cramps, and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late-term pregnancy.
•Protection against various cold and flu strains