What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medical therapy that utilizes moxa sticks or cones made from mugwort to produce heat. By stimulating specific acupuncture points or areas of the body, moxibustion aims to regulate the body’s qi and blood circulation, dispel dampness and cold, and promote the flow of meridians. This therapy is used to treat various diseases and enhance overall health.

During moxibustion, the ignited moxa is placed near the skin surface or acupuncture points of the patient, generating warmth that gradually penetrates the deeper layers of the skin and the meridian system. Moxibustion can be used alone or combined with acupuncture to enhance therapeutic effects.

Moxibustion is widely indicated for conditions such as malposition, diarrhea, colitis, urinary incontinence, dysmenorrhea, knee osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, heel pain, asthma, urinary retention, and herpes zoster. Additionally, it can help improve weakness, fatigue, and age-related issues.

Moxibustion is gentle and soothing, typically causing mild discomfort at most. However, patients may experience temporary redness, warmth, or slight pain after treatment, which usually subsides gradually. It is recommended to undergo moxibustion therapy under the guidance of a professional Chinese medicine practitioner to ensure effectiveness and safety.

The statement “Where the needle fails, moxibustion is appropriate” from “The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon · Ling Shu” indicates the unique effectiveness of moxibustion.

What are the Benefits of Moxibustion?

Moxibustion has several therapeutic techniques and it is very beneficial to health, such as:

  • Stimulating circulation and improving the flow of qi
  • Improving female health issues such as menstrual irregularity, infertility, and breech pregnancy
  • Regulating the digestive system to relieve constipation and chronic diarrhea
  • Reducing numbness in the fingers and toes
  • Relieving male health problems such as impotence and poor sperm quality
  • Stimulating the immune system to fight more serious illnesses and to keep the body healthy

There are many classifications of moxibustion, for example:

  • Direct Moxibustion
  • Indirect moxibustion
  • Moxa Stick moxibustion