is a form of heat treatment that stimulates specific acupuncture points of the body. The term is derived from the Japanese “mogusa” meaning herb (mugwort) and the Latin ” bustion” meaning burning.
A small, cone shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point or on top of an inserted acupuncture needle and burnt. In indirect moxibustion the practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it an inch or two away from the skin, usually around the inserted needle to bring mild warmth to the area without burning until the skin becomes slightly red. The intensity of the heat is adjusted according to the patient’s condition and comfort.
Moxibustion increases the local blood flow , is comforting and can create a deep relaxation response.
Moxibustion in conjunction with Acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases including back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendinitis, female health problems as menstrual cramps, irregular periods and infertility. It can treat cold constitutions.
In pregnancy BREECH PRESENTATIONS can be successfully corrected from week 35 onwards by stimulating acupuncture point Bladder 67 with moxa. The acupuncture point Bladder 67 is an empirical point stimulating the baby to turn its in utero position. It is an absolutely non-invasive treatment for mother and baby.