Moxibustion is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It uses ‘moxa’ which is also known as the herb, mugwort. Mugwort is also used in Japan and South Korea as an herb to flavor food which is made from the dried leaves of Artemisia vulgaris. The Chinese character for acupuncture “zhen jui” actually refers to the needles (acupuncture) that are used along the meridians and to heat (moxibustion).
In traditional eastern practices, the mugwort is placed on the skin at the acupuncture points and is then burned (referred to as direct moxibustion). It was originally used to help with stagnant and chronic disorders and to increase immunity. In the United States and in western culture, the stick of mugwort (or loose herbs made into cone) is held close to the skin, but not actually touching the skin over acupuncture points (known as indirect moxibustion). The cone almost looks like a cone of incense that is used with aromatherapy. There is an agent in the mugwort which increases blood flow to the pelvic area and to the uterus. Sometimes it is combined with acupuncture to get the best results.
What does it feel like? This practice is meant to literally warm the pathways of energy or Qui in the area that is being treated. Many people describe it as a warm, soothing feeling which provides comforting and relaxation; in fact, many patients fall asleep during the therapy. The practitioner always has full control over the heat and intensity of moxibustion.
Moxibustion can be used to provide relief from various things such as arthritis, digestive problems including irregular elimination, pelvic pain, irregular bleeding and menstrual cramps. It is used to help boost immunity and aid in the relief of allergies. When combined with acupuncture along the energy pathways, the more relief is provided to the area and increased blood flow.
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