What is Moxibustion?
Like Acupuncture, moxibustion is also an important component of Traditional Chinese Medicine with a history of more than 5000 years. It is the process whereby a stick or cone of burning mugwort (Artemesia vulgaris, also called Ai Ye in traditional Chinese medicine) is placed either directly on the skin or indirectly above the skin, over inflamed and affected areas of the body. When lit, moxa sticks burns slowly and provides a penetrating heat that can enter the meridian channels to stimulate the flow of Qi, strengthen the blood flow, therefore releasing therapeutic properties and helping maintain general health.
Dr Tang has a secret needle moxa technique to treat pain, this technique is widely used in our clinic. Especially for arthritis and back pain patient. Needle moxa helps to regenerate the joint , disc by increasing the blood circulation around it in order to activate the self healing system. Moxibustion is almost always used in conjunction with acupuncture in our clinic, as a complementary technique.
Indirect moxibustion is that practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick (roughly the shape and size of a cigar) and holds it an inch or two away from the skin until the skin becomes slightly red. The intensity of the heat is adjusted according to the patient’s condition and comfort. it helps to increase the local blood flow, skillful indirect moxibustion is extremely comforting and can create a deep relaxation response.
Needle Moxa Technique:
This technique uses both acupuncture needles and moxa sticks. A needle is inserted into an acupuncture point and retained. A small stick of mugwort is attached to the tip of acupuncture needle and ignited. The needle transfers the heat to the acupuncture point and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle is removed.
Moxibustion is safe, but shouldn’t be used if you have a hot or warm condition. A qualified practitioner will be able to diagnose your condition and classify it so that you’ll receive moxibustion only when you need it.
Because moxibustion often includes the burning of mugwort sticks, patients who have respiratory problems should use smokeless moxa sticks instead of smoking moxa sticks. In our clinic, we always use smokeless moxa sticks.
What can be treated by Moxibustion?
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The moxa stick is burned to expel cold and warm up the blood and Qi that are not circulating well.
Moxibustion therapy in conjunction with acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases and conditions including back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety, inflammations and female health problems such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods.