Moxibustion (Moxa) is a technique used in Chinese Medicine for many chronic diseases. It usually comes in the form of a stick or cone of burning the herb mugwort (artemesia vulgaris), which is placed over an inflamed of affected area of the body. It’s usually placed on or near an acupuncture point and burned. The medicinal properties of burning mugwort generates heat into the skin, promoting circulation and stimulating the flow of energy to remove blockages. The purpose is to deeply stimulate and strengthen the blood and energy of the body. Moxibustion is used for pain and deficiency conditions due to its warming qualities.
Moxibustion therapy can be integrated into a treatment session through a variety of different applications, such as: Stick Moxa (which looks like a big cigar), loose moxa (which can be combined with Ginger, Salt or used by itself), direct (rice grain) moxa, or on the end of a needle.
Moxa has been shown to be effective for both acute and chronic pain such as neck and shoulder pain, lower back pain, digestive system disorders, diarrhoea, period pain, women’s health disorders and especially effective in breeched babies.