Moxibustion is the smouldering of a dried herb (Mugwort) near, (approximately 1 to 2cm from), the surface of the skin. The herb is removed when the patient experiences a strong sensation of heat. This method of treatment is used to stimulate the energy (or Qi) flow, introduce heat into the body where there is a disorder of excessive cold or insufficient warmth, warms the muscles and removes blockages of energy flow. It is sometimes used in place of acupuncture needles.
Conditions that may not be compatible with moxibustion
If you are asthmatic or particularly sensitive to smoke, please advise your therapist if they discuss the use of moxa with you. Moxa can be purchased for personal use, however please speak to an acupuncturist regarding instructions for use if you have never used it before.