What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion, an integral part of Eastern medicine, is the application of heat to a specific area or point on the body. The term ‘moxibustion’ is derived from the Japanese ‘Moe Kusa’, meaning ‘burning herb’. Moxa is obtained from the herbal plant ‘Arternisia Vulgaris’, also commonly called mugwort. The mugwort is processed into a number of different forms such as into a stick that resembles a (non-smokable) cigar and is used indirectly, passed over the skin or into cones that can be attached to acupuncture needles.
The Benefits of Moxibustion
The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the Blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health. Moxibustion therapy used in conjunction with acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases and conditions including back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety, and female health problems such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and infertility.
What are the contra-indications for using moxa?
Moxa is generally not recommended for patients with diabetes, decreased sensitivity to pain, who are on certain medications such as prednisolone, or who have any other conditions involving compromised circulation or a weakened immune system.
Is there a smoke-free moxa available?
Yes, smokeless, odour-free moxa can be used in place of traditional moxa.
Does it burn the skin?
At Tiempe, moxa is only used to warm the skin indirectly, i.e. moxa is not placed directly onto the skin hence there is no risk of burning.
Is moxa used in Acuesthetics® treatments?
Moxa is not used directly on the face but might be used to complement bodily acupuncture points used as part of an Acuesthetics® treatment.