What is Moxa?
Moxibustion is a type of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves, on or near your body’s meridians and acupuncture points. The resulting heat helps stimulate these points and improves the flow of qi (energy) in your body. According to traditional Chinese medicine practices, this increased qi circulation can help with a range of health issues, from chronic pain to digestive troubles. Read on to learn more about moxibustion, including how it’s done!
There are a couple of methods for moxibustion. Firstly there is the direct technique. Where the moxa cone rests on the site of treatment on your body. The practitioner ignites one end of the cone and leaves it to burn slowly. Once your skin starts to turn red and you begin to feel the heat, the therapist removes the cone.
Secondly, there is indirect moxibustion that is a more common and also a safer option. In this approach, the burning moxa doesn’t come into direct contact with your skin. Instead, the practitioner holds it about an inch away from your body. Once the skin becomes warm and red, they will remove the moxa from near your skin. Click here to read more.
What do Moxa Sticks Help Treat?
- Asthma symptoms
- Cold and flu prevention
- Body pain
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Menstrual cramp
- and much more!