Moxibustion

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Balance Your LifeMoxibustion (Moxa) is the application of an herb called Chinese mugwort or Artemisia that is burnt to create warmth to an acupuncture point this may be used in combination with acupuncture needles. The aim of moxa is to nourish and warm according to Chinese medicine principles it is used to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.

Moxa can be direct or indirect; a cone is rolled and place directly on the skin then quickly removed as heat is felt. Also it can be used on the end of a needle placed in an appropriate acupuncture point. A moxa stick is the shape and size of a cigar can be light and held close to the skin on the area being treated pleasant feeling of warmth can be felt

moxaWhat is moxibustion used for?

In traditional Chinese medicine moxa is used to expel cold from the meridian pathways when there is a cold or stagnant condition resulting in a smoother flow of blood and Qi.

Burning Moxa also produces a great deal of smoke and a pungent odor. Patients with respiratory problems may be condtraindicated.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the Bladder meridian.

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