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Healing Modalities: Moxibustion

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With the rise of infertility, there has been an increased use and interest in acupuncture to improve fertility. Along with acupuncture and herbs, moxibustion is often used during the treatment process for several symptoms not limited to just infertility.

Watch our video in which licensed Acupuncturist Zen Tuan explains and demonstrates what Moxa is all about.

For those who have never heard of moxibustion, it is the practice of
burning Mugwort to promote healing and it can be done in 3 different forms.

1. Moxibustion can be done by burning a moxa stick which creates a warmth that is held close to the area of treatment without touching the skin.

2. It can also be attached to the top of the acupuncture needle creating heat on that point and in the desired area of treatment.

3. Lastly it can be lit in a can or a box that is wrapped in a towel to allow the patient to feel the heat and control the amount of heat felt during treatment.


Photo Credit: Dr. Steven Schram

Moxibustion is great at treating a variety of ailments in conjunction with acupuncture. When patients experience pain due to cold such as when they have digestive issues or cold joints, it is useful to use moxibustion to provide comfort and warmth to the treatment area. Moxibustion is also incredibly effective in treating coughs and colds as it can move qi and stagnation in the lungs to alleviate such symptoms. Moxibustion can be applied to digestive issues such as constipation, IBS, and indigestion as the heat it provides stimulates the digestive system.

Lastly, Moxibustion is incredibly effective at treating women’s issues ranging from cramps experienced in the lower abdomen to infertility as it increases the blood circulation in the pelvic area. The ability of moxibustion to increase blood circulation and warm the pelvic area aids the blood flow of the uterus and ovaries, relieves cramping, supports the body to produce necessary hormones, relaxes the fallopian tubes to increase chances of implantation, strengthens the uterus, and stops spotting. It has also been shown to be incredibly effective at aiding breech babies to move into the best position for birth.

In our series “Healing Modalities” we covered also other healing methods. Click on the links below to learn more!
Body Gua Sha


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