What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion (moxa) in an ancient Oriental medical technique that uses heat generated by burning mugwart (Chinese medicinal herb) to warm acupuncture points and channels.
It has been used traditionally for chronic pain that is worse with cold and also for internal conditions including but not limited to those involving edema in the lower body. Moxa may be incorporated into the treatment of some forms of vertigo, headache, yeast infections, joint or back pain, as well as some digestive issues.
How Does it Work?
Moxibustion works according to the same principles as acupuncture. Acupuncture is extremely affective for balancing out excess in the body. But when there are deficiencies, acupuncture must be supplemented with a tonifying treatment: usually nutrition, tonifying herbs and/or moxibustion.
Holding the burning moxa over the acupuncture points adds clear yang to the channel system. In physics, heat energy always moves from higher energy to lower energy: so the high yang energy of the burning herb is naturally drawn into the lower energy of a channel or organ system suffering from deficiency of yang energy.
Patients find this therapy extremely relaxing and will often start asking for it as the weather turns cold.
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