Moxibustion Therapy: The Uses and Benefits

What Is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion, or moxa, is a type of heat therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves burning mugwort which is a dried herb on or near the surface of the skin. The two forms of moxa are direct and indirect moxibustion. For direct moxibustion the herb is placed onto the patient's skin and for indirect moxibustion the mugwort is compressed into a stick which is then burned and held over the skin until the area becomes warm. Moxa is burned over specific acupuncture points and is used to warm and stimulate the flow of blood and qi. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment as well. 

When Is Moxibustion Used?
Moxibustion is commonly used in deficiency and cold stagnation conditions. The deep, penetrating heat from the moxa can be very beneficial for a variety of conditions as it stimulates the meridians and leads to smoother flow of qi and blood. Conditions that may benefit from moxa include pain, digestive complaints, gynecological conditions and more. Moxa expels cold and damp and can provide relief for stiffness, pain and swelling that is not warm to the touch. The warmth of moxa also benefits the spleen and stomach. When used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment moxibustion can maximize the benefits of acupuncture. Moxibustion can be an excellent adjunct treatment to help restore balance to the body and provide relief from symptoms. 

What Does Moxibustion Feel Like?
There is a feeling of warmth over the area during moxibustion therapy. Patients may even feel warmth traveling along the channel away from where the moxa is being applied which can indicate the flow of qi and blood.

Acupuncture appointments are now being offered at Wholesome Health Pharmacy! Call or stop by the pharmacy to learn more about acupuncture and moxibustion therapy from our licensed acupuncturist and schedule an appointment. Our acupuncturist will develop a personalized treatment plan for you!  Moxa may help with Sleep issues, Stress Issues, Pain issues, and more.  Schedule an appointment and receive a free Octavia Tea Gift Set valued at $25.00 absolutely FREE!

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