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What Is Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy used on specific acupuncture points on the body by burning an herb material close to the skin. This herb is known as mugwort, moxa or Aì Yè . This technique can be used alone or in combination with acupuncture,  It helps to warm areas of the body with the intention of stimulating circulation, energy and lymphatic flow. 

Mugwort has a long history of use in folk medicine.  It is believed that Mugwort gets its botanical name from the Greek goddess Artemis.  In Chinese Herbal Medicine it is often used to treat menstrual pain and heavy bleeding. Moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position before childbirth.

Any type of heat applied to the body can increase the flow of energy and blood. Heat lamps, heating pads, or warming liniments can give a similar effect to moxibustion. But the heat combined with the powerful healing properties of mugwort gives moxibustion a proven advantage.  

What is moxibustion used for?

Moxibustion can be used to prevent disharmony within the body and to help maintain health. It can help strengthen and balance the organs, meridians and various systems in the body.  It can be used to promote circulation over areas of chronic pain or muscle tension. It is especially useful for pain that is worse with exposure to cold, wind or damp weather, as with some types of arthritis. When applied to acupuncture points it can strengthen and lift the qi, boost the immune system and help with fatigue, digestive issues, and much more.

There are many uses for moxa but there are some instances where it should be avoided. Talk to your Chinese Medicine practitioner to see if moxibustion is right therapy for you.