• Moxibustion feels great

  • Moxibustion literally means the combustion of moxa. 'Moxa' describes the chalk-like cigar shaped compound of the Mugwort plant (Artemisia vulgaris). As the tip burns the moxa stick releases heat energy and a warm a smoky, spicy odour, which facilitates the expulsion of cold and dampness when held close to body channel points (see Acupuncture). More succinctly, moxa warms meridians to promote the circulation of Qi and blood. Moxibustion and acupuncture are often used together during a treatment and it feels terrific!

    Moxa is often used to alleviate arthritic pain that increases with exposure to cold or damp weather. It promotes circulation around locations of chronic pain and muscle tension. Moxa can also be used for digestive problems or menstrual pain - by careful point warming on the abdomen. By encouraging flow, the use of moxibustion guides Qi in the body. For example, moxa applied to the sole of the foot attracts Qi downwards; in the treatment of upper body issues such as headaches or dizziness. In this way, moxibustion has also been successfully been used to correct the positioning of pre-natal breech babies. Moxibustion can also be used as a general tonifier to improve the body’s immune system.