Moxibustion is an enormous part of all ancient healing traditions throughout Asia, and the practice is still very much alive to this day. Developed in the colder areas of China,
it was used as a method of combating the deleterious effects of low temperatures on the circulation of Qi and blood, which drain the body’s Yang energy. Moxibustion is accomplished by applying heat to acupuncture points and meridians through the burning of specially dried and prepared leaves of the artemisia plant (commonly known throughout the West as mugwort).
In China, this prepared beige-colored “wool” is known simply as “moxa.” In the beginning, scarring and blistering the actual skin was normal. Today, you will be happy to learn, we don’t practice that way. The experience is very pleasant, soothing, and invigorating.
This therapy is used to restore and circulate the body’s Yang Qi, which warms and protects the body (as opposed to Yin, which cools and nourishes). From a Western biomedical perspective, you can think of this as a way to increase circulation to a particular area, thereby allowing for increased activity of the body’s natural defenses and healing processes. Moxibustion can be thought of as a more precise version of using a sauna or a heating pad.
Today, the healing power of heat is also harnessed using heat-lamps, smokeless varieties of moxa, and topical herbal liniments that contain special combinations of carefully selected Chinese herbs.
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect.
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning which is the method used within our clinic.
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 generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the Mona stick is removed.
- Regulate Qi and blood.
- It helps in anemia, stress, mental and physical fatigue.
- It opens the twelve channels (meridians) of main power.
- Strengthens convalescence, chronic weaknesses (fatigue) by obstruction of cold and humidity.
- It expels cold and humidity, and work disorders.
- Minimizes the discomfort of aging and promotes healthy longevity.
- Transmit minimalist perverse energy.
- Increase the power of defense.
- Realinea gynecological disorders and sexual disorders.
- Help treat problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies.
- It is also beneficial in digestive disorders such as abdominal pain, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
- It helps the cauterization of warts.
- It helps in the relief of diseases of the osteoarticular system, arthritis, spinal problems.
Moxibustion is most commonly used around the abdomen and feet. It is particularly known for its ability to turn breeched babies, but also has many other benefits. Moxa is used with certain health issues where there are deficiencies of energy. Moxibustion can also help with:
- Joint pain
- Kidney stones
- Menstrual cramps
- Sperm motility
- In the treatment of problems related to fever
- Traumatic injuries to the skin
- In cases of psychological problems
- Close to the genital areas, nipples, scalp, and face
- In children, their application must be carefully evaluated by professionals
- In very unhealthy people
Although moxibustion has been safely used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries, it is not for everyone.
Because it is used specifically for:
Patients suffering from cold or stagnant constitutions, it should not be used on anyone diagnosed with too much heat.
Burning moxa also produces a great deal of smoke and a pungent odor.
All solid foods and drinks except for water should be avoided for 2-3 hours beforehand
Alcohol and recreational drugs for 24 hours before and afterward.
Wear comfortable clothing, layers are best and remove tight or restrictive jewelry beforehand.
The massage follows the same principles incorporated in Chinese medicine regarding Chi (energy) within the body, that energy should be flowing freely but due to an unbalanced lifestyle and stress, Chi becomes blocked or congested manifesting itself in illness if not corrected.
The key to the success of this treatment is to ensure that the relationship client and therapist are strong and trusting.