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Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a healing technique of Traditional Chinese medicine which has been utillised across the diverse traditions of acupuncture and oriental medicine for over 2,000 years. Nowadays, Moxibustion serves as a complementary treatment to Acupuncture as well as a standalone treatment.

Moxibustion involves the use of a finely ground and condensed Mugwort (traditional herb) to stimulate circulation and break up stagnation of blood and Qi (energy) as well as introducing warmth that penetrates deeper than skin level. Moxibustion is often applied to specific acupuncture points, which makes moxibustion a great compliment to acupuncture. Often you will see a moxa (smaller moxibustion nodule) attached at the end of a needle, in order to promote the penetration of warmth deeper into the body and strengthen the needle’s function. Moxa can also be placed in a box in order to warm an area such as the lower abdomen or the back in order to cover a larger area at one time.

These techniques are used to influence the circulation of qi or blood in order to relieve symptoms in the body. It serves as a great tool for the practitioner to use when treating patients.

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, Moxibustion assists in dispelling coldness and dampness from the body. It is useful in helping many disorders including aches and pain, cold and flu, frozen shoulder, sport injuries and digestive disorders such as diarrhea or bloating.