Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicinal practice which has been used in Asia for thousands of years. In fact, the Chinese characters for acupuncture translate literally to “acupuncture and moxibustion (针 灸).” Moxibustion can be used alone or with acupuncture to stimulate circulation, bring warmth, move qi and blood flow to an area, strengthen the immune system, promote blood production (in the case of anemia) and more.
Moxa is a dried plant called artimisia argy – also known as mugwort – and comes in several forms. Loose moxa, which is molded into sticks often the size of a cigar, okyu (moxa that’s rolled into small pieces about the size of a rice grain), moxa boxes, smokeless moxa sticks, stick on moxa with a protective tray and tiger warmers.
Typically moxa is burned and applied to acupuncture points – either directly on the acupuncture point using stick on moxa, attached to an acupuncture needle, or held above the skin. Moxa therapy provides a deep penetrating warmth to the acupuncture points used. Moxa is important in the treatment of:
fatigue ∙ pain ∙ certain musculo-skeletal injuries ∙ arthritis ∙ digestive disorders ∙ gynecological disorders ∙ neuropathy ∙ anemia ∙
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