Moxabustion: Everything You Need to Know
Ever come into our clinic and encountered the smell of a burning campfire? What your smelling is moxa being used during our acupuncture sessions. Ever wanted to know more about what it is and how it helps our clients, well continue reading!
Moxibustion, also known as "moxa," is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) on or near specific acupuncture points on the body. This technique has been used for centuries to help treat a variety of health conditions and is still commonly used today.
Moxibustion is believed to work by stimulating the flow of Qi (pronounced "chee"), which is the vital energy that flows through the body's meridians. By applying heat to specific acupuncture points, moxibustion is thought to help regulate the body's Qi and promote healing.
There are two main types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Direct moxibustion (which we use in our clinic sessions) involves placing a small cone of moxa directly on the skin and lighting it, while indirect moxibustion involves using a moxa stick to heat the acupuncture points without actually touching the skin.
Moxibustion has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of health conditions, including:
Pain: Moxibustion is often used to help alleviate pain, particularly in the back, neck, and joints. It is thought to work by increasing circulation and reducing inflammation.
Digestive issues: Moxibustion has been used to treat a variety of digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, and constipation. It is believed to help regulate the digestive system and promote healthy bowel movements.
Respiratory issues: Moxibustion has also been used to treat respiratory issues, such as asthma and bronchitis. It is thought to help open up the airways and reduce inflammation in the lungs.
Women's health: Moxibustion is often used to help regulate menstrual cycles and alleviate menstrual cramps. It can also be used during pregnancy to help turn a breech baby.
Immune system support: Moxibustion has been shown to help strengthen the immune system and promote overall health and wellness.
While moxibustion is generally considered safe, it is important to seek out a qualified practitioner who is trained in the technique.
Whether you're dealing with pain, digestive issues, respiratory issues, women's health concerns, or just looking to boost your immune system, moxibustion may be a great option to consider. If your interested in giving this treatment a go, our acupuncturist Christina incorporates moxibustion in her acupuncture sessions if she believes it is suitable for you. Give us a call to make your next acupuncture booking today!