Moxibustion Process

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that is commonly used with Acupuncture treatments. It involves the burning of a spongy herb called mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). The moxibustion process has been used to facilitate the healing by stimulating the flow of qi, and strengthening the blood.

What is moxibustion used for?

Moxibustion is typically used with individuals who suffer from excess cold and qi stagnant. The burning of moxa expels cold and warms the body. This leads to smoother flow of qi and blood. Moxibustion has been used to reduce the pain of arthritis, bronchial asthma, digestive disturbances, symptoms of menstrual cramps, stimulate the labor and to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth.

Many Chinese master use moxa to improve the general well being of their patients. Research has indicated that moxa increases and strengthens the blood and the entire immune system.

How does the moxibustion process work?

There are two types of moxa: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on the skin at an acupuncture point and burned. There are two different methods of using the direct method of moxa; there is the scaring and the non-scaring method. Typically in the US we use the non-scaring method due to its less traumatic affect.

In the US the indirect method is generally preferred. In indirect moxa, a moxa stick the shape of a cigar is held close to the area being treated. The moxa stick can be held in one place, rotated in circles, or ‘pecked’ in a motion (similar to a bird pecking at food) over the area to be treated. The practitioner places his finger next to the area being stimulated to maintain a comfortable level of heat. This insures that the patient will be free from the risk of being burned.

Another method utilized with indirect moxa involves the placement of a cone of moxa on the tip of an Acupuncture needle. The moxa is then ignited and allowed to burn until it exhausted.

What is moxibustion used for?

Moxibustion is typically used with individuals who suffer from excess cold and qi stagnant. The burning of moxa expels cold and warms the body. This leads to smoother flow of qi and blood. Moxibustion has been used to reduce the pain of arthritis, bronchial asthma, digestive disturbances, symptoms of menstrual cramps, stimulate the labor and to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth.

Many Chinese master use moxa to improve the general well being of their patients. Research has indicated that moxa increase and strengthens the blood and the entire immune system.