Moxibustion (Moxa)

Moxa has been used alongside acupuncture for centuries. It is a dried herb (Artemisia Vulgaris, similar to our Mugwort) that is pulverized to form a type of ‘punk’ similar to cotton wool. This can be rolled into cones or cigar shapes, which are lit and placed either directly on the skin, on top of the needle or moved close to the surface of the skin.


It is used in Chinese medicine to nourish the Qi and the Blood and to treat Cold and Damp within the body. In the body it is the Yang energy that governs movement and warmth, so a Yang deficiency results in Cold symptoms: cold hands, feet, back, aching in the joints, loose bowels, incontinence. It is also the cause behind certain types of asthma, infertility and in certain musculoskeletal conditions where Cold blocks the channels such as in tennis elbow, wry neck, frozen shoulder, knee and back pain including sciatica. It will also turn a breech presentation baby from 34 weeks.


An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), described a study in which 75% of babies were successfully turned prior to birth following daily use of Moxa for 15-20 minutes.




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