Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy that consists of burning the dried leaf on or above specific points on the body. This herb is known as mugwort, moxa, or Aì yè in Chinese medicine. It helps to warm areas of the body with the intention of stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow. It also helps to smooth the flow of Qi and blood and expel pathogenic influences. The scent of moxa is very distinct and many people find it to have a therapeutic and relaxing aroma.
The heat from the moxa therapy can help to improve circulation, blood and lymph flow to areas of the body, reducing pain and inflammation.
DECREASE HEALING TIMES OF INJURIES
When more blood, Qi, and Lymph are brought to ares of the body that are in pain or injured, healing times are reduced and more mobility is seen.
IMPROVES ARTHRITIC PAIN
Especially when the pain feels better with heat and worse with cold.
IMPROVEMENTS IN HEADACHES/DECREASES MIGRAINES
Studies have shown improvements in duration and intensity of migraines when using moxibustion.
BENEFITS GYNECOLOGICAL ISSUES/MENSTRUAL PAIN
Moxa is often used on specific points throughout the body to help alleviate symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. This herb has an affinity toward the uterus.
BOOST/IMMUNITY PROTECTION AGAINST FLU AND COLDS
Moxa is often used on specific points throughout the body to help boost immunity and shorten the duration of flus and colds. Studies have shown that moxa done on specific acupuncture points help to increase white blood cell count almost immediately after the treatment.
IMPROVEMENTS FROM DIGESTIVE COMPLAINTS
It is extremely effective for conditions such as abdominal pain, and diarrhea. There are specific techniques that can be used for these aliments such as salt moxa or ginger moxa. With these techniques either salt or a slice of fresh ginger is placed covering the naval and then a cone of direct moxa is burnt on top of it. Depending on the patients underlying pattern will determine which one is best to treat these conditions. These techniques of moxa help to alleviate pain and regulate the large intestines re-absorption of water.
VITALITY BOOSTING/LONGEVITY PROMOTING BENEFITS
There is a robust history from ancient China and Japan that talks about the daily usage of moxibustion on an specific acupuncture point. This simple daily self-care routine is one of Chinese Medicines’ most “famous” preventative therapies. The daily usage of indirect or direct moxa on this point helps to increase ones vitality and longevity. Some of This points’ actions and indications are known to help stimulate the immune system, enhance digestion as well as help treat diarrhea and constipation. It can also increase endurance, alleviate cramps, regulate the bodies Qi, disperse stagnation, and help alleviate pain from the legs and knees.
Moxibustion Therapy Can Be Effective In
Moxibustion can have a significant effect in helping to turn breech babies. Ideally treatment is carried at 33-35 weeks, but can still be useful when used later in the pregnancy. Moxibustion can also help babies that are not breech but are not in the optimal position prior to birth, such as those in a posterior position.