Moxabustion is technique where an herb, dried moxa (Artemesia Vulgaris, see Fig. 1), is burned on or above the skin at acupuncture points. In the USA most acupuncturists do not use direct moxa to avoid scarring, but rather burn the herb indirectly above the skin, like we do at the Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs. The heat warms and activates the Qi and Blood of the body for the treatments of disease or health maintenance.
What Conditions is Moxabustion Used For?
Moxa can be used for a wide variety of conditions such as; pain, menstrual disorders and cramps, cold's and the flu, asthma, diarrhea and vomiting.
How Is Moxa Applied?
At Aiyana Acupuncture we use Tai-ji moxa platforms (see Fig. 2), needle moxa (see Fig. 3), moxa warmers, or moxa may be packed onto a slice of ginger or garlic, in salt or on a piece of aconite. Another indirect method is the use of a moxa stick or roll that looks like a cigar.
Is Moxabustion Painful?
Indirect moxabustion feels warm and very good. Direct moxabustion burns for about 3-5 seconds. Both methods are very effective.
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