Moxibustion (moxa) is a technique that has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese. Moxa is thermal stimulation therapy that affects superficially and deep into the muscles. It involves the burning of an herb called Ai Ye or Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) directly or indirectly on the skin.
There is loose moxa or compressed moxa that can be molded into sticks, charcoal, cones, and rice-size moxa. It’s usually used in conjunction with needles and sometimes a medium is used to enhance the healing process using garlic, ginger, or aconite.
Some of the healing effects are:
Promotes Qi and blood circulation in the meridians
Eases sinus issues
Warms the womb/turns a breech baby into a head-down position
We use moxa in acupuncture treatments and also teach patients how to use moxa at home.