Acupuncture needles are the most common tool used by acupuncturists but other modalities can be used as well, such as Moxibustion (Moxa). Moxa treatments or Moxa acupuncture can be used alone to treat a patient or in conjunction with acupuncture needles.
WHAT IS MOXA?
Moxa is made from the herb Artemisia Vulgaris, a species of the chrysanthemum flower. The herb is used once it has been dried and comes in a loose form or stick. Moxa is similar to incense and will create smoke during the treatment. This only burns for a short amount of time to be effective and can be used in multiple areas as needed.
HOW IS MOXA USED?
It is burned directly or indirectly over the acupuncture point or placed on the top of an acupuncture needle. This allows the acupuncture point to be warmed without harming the skin. A moxa stick may also be used.
HOW DOES MOXA WORK?
Moxa produces heat that can gently stimulate the body and can be used for a variety of treatments, including but not limited to:
Regulate or move qi and blood. An example is to promote movement of fluids and increase circulation within our body.
Expel cold and dampness. This helps relieve muscular stiffness, pain or swelling that is not warm to the touch.
Warm the uterus and stop bleeding. This is beneficial to relieve menstrual pain, treat irregular menstrual bleeding and promote fertility.
Warming the spleen and stomach meridians to remove stagnation, this can manifest as common digestive complaints like frequent bloating, gas, constipation or loose stools.
Calm the fetus, which promotes gentle stimulation to help a baby in breech position to move to the correct position.
WHAT DOES MOXA FEEL LIKE?
The feeling is warm and comfortable. After moxibustion therapy there may be a slight redness to the area that was treated which will disappear soon afterward. This is a normal part of the treatment and will help promote the healing process.