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Moxibustion NoosaMoxibustion Heat Therapy

What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion, commonly called "moxa", is an external heat treatment applied alone or in conjunction with acupuncture. This technique is used to enhance the affects of acupuncture treatments through deep penetration of heat into the tissues of the body. Moxa has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine in attempt to address stubborn conditions. You may be treated with only moxibustion if you have difficulty tolerating acupuncture needle treatments and can also be prescribed for you as a home heat therapy.

What herb is used in moxibustion treatments?

Moxa uses the Chinese herb Artemisia Mugwort, a type of Chrysanthemum. The leaf of the Artemisia is bitter, pungent and considered to be thermal and warming in nature. This herb is dried, aged and processed. Moxa can also be used as part of a decoction of your Chinese herbal formula. Medical historians report that moxibustion pre-dates acupuncture, and the use of acupuncture needles came later as a supplement to moxibustion treatments.

What are the different forms of moxibustion therapy?

Different methods of moxibustion: directly applied on the skin, rolled up and placed on the acupuncture needle or using a stick of moxa. A stick can be hovered over the desired area, warming the area.

 

Moxibustion: A Modern Clinical Handbook, Lorraine Wilcox, L.Ac

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