Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves burning dried mugwort (also known as moxa) near the surface of the skin to stimulate circulation and promote healing. Moxa is typically rolled into small cones or placed on the end of a needle and burned close to the skin.
During a moxibustion treatment, the therapist will place the moxa at specific acupuncture points on the body, and the heat and smoke produced by the burning moxa will penetrate the skin and stimulate the flow of qi (energy) and blood.
Moxibustion is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
Pain: Moxibustion can help to reduce pain and inflammation in muscles and joints, making it a popular treatment for conditions such as arthritis, back pain, and menstrual cramps.
Digestive disorders: Moxibustion can help to improve digestive function and reduce symptoms of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and constipation.
Respiratory conditions: Moxibustion can help to relieve congestion and inflammation in the lungs, making it a popular treatment for conditions such as asthma and bronchitis.
Women's health: Moxibustion can help to regulate menstrual cycles and reduce symptoms of menopause.
Overall well-being: Moxibustion can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety, making it a popular treatment for overall health and well-being.
Moxibustion is generally considered safe when performed by a trained professional, but it may not be appropriate for everyone. It can cause temporary redness and burning on the skin, and should not be performed on areas with open wounds or skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before undergoing any new treatment.