What is Moxibustion and what is it used for?
Moxibustion is a healing technique that involves burning of an herb called mugwort for the purpose of enriching the blood and stimulating the movement of energy throughout the body. It has been around for thousands of years in Asia. Acupuncture and Moxibustion go well together. As matter in fact the Chinese character for Acupuncture literally translates “acupuncture-moxibustion”. It can be applied either directly to the skin on top of an acupuncture point called direct moxa, or the more popular form using a moxa stick that is lit and held close to the area being treated. The patient will experience a pleasant warming sensation that feels soothing to the area applied, especially on cold winter days.
Moxibustion comes in many forms and there are multiple ways to apply it to the body. Some come in a form of cotton-like material that gets rolled up into little rice grain size cones and applied to certain points on the body, and some come in a form of a cigar-like stick that gets lit and held close to the area treated. Another form of moxibustion is the smokeless moxa. Smokeless moxa is mugwort compacted into a black charcoal-like form that emits very little to no smoke at all. This form also comes in many varieties. It can be compacted into a stick that is hand held in the hand or attached on top of a needle with a small spring-like device.
There have been multiple clinical trials on the efficacy of moxibustion that can be found in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It treats countless conditions including menstrual cramps, stomach aches, infertility, acne, any aches and pains in joints or muscles. It can also be used for maintaining good health, to boost the immune system, eliminate allergies, sleeplessness, nausea, wheezing, asthma, and much-much more.