Stimulating the body’s own healing response
Moxibustion is a part of the Chinese Medicine, using the warmth of the Mugwort herb, compacted in a stick and lit, and held over acupuncture points points on the body, heating them gently. It is a great TCM technique, which, together with acupuncture, or on it’s own, improves conditions requiring warming, nourishing and/or moving.
Moxibustion works really well for warming the uterus in fertility patients, promoting good blood circulation in all parts of the body. It very successfully dispels the cold from the muscles, and de-compresses and softens tightness in the back and shoulders, as well as the entire vertebral column
Moxibustion therapy is used frequently at the change of seasons, and is very beneficial during cold and damp weather conditions. It can also be used at home by patients themselves, after correct instructions are given regarding safety in handling it, as well as instruction on locating the points to be used, duration and heat intensity.
How does it work?
During the treatment, the moxa is placed either directly on the skin or held just above it, over specific acupuncture points or meridians.
By focusing on the same acupuncture points where a needle might be applied, it’s possible to use this treatment for those adverse to needles, or perhaps young children.
It is a very effective technique and in some cases can actually achieve what a needle cannot. I therefore incorporate it when required within an acupuncture session – it is part of the session, not an additional treatment (either in time or cost).