Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy over 2500 years old which consists of burning dried mugwort on particular acupuncture points on the body.  This therapy warms the area to reduce /ease pain, increase circulation and can regulate qi and blood and it is commonly used with acupuncture for a more effective treatment.

Here’s a brief overview:

  • Warming and Stimulating Points:
    • Moxibustion involves burning moxa (dried mugwort) either directly on the skin or indirectly above the skin near specific acupuncture points. The heat generated aims to stimulate the points and promote the smooth flow of energy, or “qi,” throughout the body.
  • Enhancing Qi Flow:
    • In traditional Chinese medicine, the body’s vital energy, or qi, is believed to flow along specific pathways called meridians. Moxibustion is thought to enhance the flow of qi, addressing imbalances and promoting overall health and well-being.
  • Boosting Blood Circulation:
    • The warmth produced during moxibustion can enhance blood circulation in the targeted areas. Improved circulation is beneficial for the delivery of nutrients, oxygen, and immune cells to tissues, aiding in the body’s natural healing processes.
  • Immune System Support:
    • Moxibustion is believed to have immunomodulatory effects, potentially supporting the immune system. This can be particularly relevant for individuals dealing with chronic conditions or seeking preventive healthcare.
  • Alleviating Cold Sensations:
    • Moxa’s warming properties make it especially useful for addressing conditions associated with cold or dampness in the body. It is often applied to areas where the individual experiences cold sensations or stagnation.
  • Turning Breech Babies:
    • In some cases, moxibustion is used in obstetrics to stimulate a specific acupuncture point to encourage the turning of breech babies in late pregnancy.
  • Different Forms:
    • Moxibustion comes in various forms, such as loose moxa, moxa sticks, or even as part of acupuncture needles. Practitioners choose the form based on the specific needs and preferences of the individual.

 There is a very small risk of burning though you a never left alone during this treatment

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