Stimulating the body’s own healing response
Moxibustion Therapy 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.
Moxibustion benefits women in pregnancy, and moxibustion for breech reversal is a well known therapeutic method in advanced pregnancies if the baby need turning. Moxibustion benefits both mum and her baby, and moxibustion for breech position can replace manual manipulation when turning the baby, offering painless and gentle method instead. Using moxibustion for breech baby can also be used by woman herself as a self care treatment at home, or with the help of partner and other members of the family, if indicated.
How does it work?
During the moxibustion 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.
Moxibustion benefits are wide spread 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). Moxibustion for breech baby is a particularly popular treatment for my pregnant patients, as it is painless, easy to use and adjust application for home use as well.