Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa made from dried mugwort (Artemisia argyi). Moxibustion is the application of heat on an acupuncture point. The herb mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) is burned near an acupuncture point to regulate the physiological activity of the body.
Moxibustion is most commonly applied using a stick of mugwort which is held by the practitioner over an acu-point. Mugwort may be used in combination with other medicinal substances (such as garlic, ginseng or salt) to create a natural barrier between the burning mugwort and your skin. Mugwort can also be placed on the end of a needle and then inserted into the body. This warms the needle while the needle is in the skin.
Liquid moxa is applied to the affected area or acupuncture points chosen for stimulation similar to regular moxibustion.
Benefit Of Moxibustion
- To strengthen the immune system.
- To warm the body and to bring more qi and blood flow to an area.
- Especially useful for the treatment of pain.
- It is used to great effect in tandem with acupuncture points, enhancing and maximizing the effects of the acupuncture needles.