Moxibustion in Niagara Falls , ON
How it works and for what conditions it can be used
Moxibustion (moxa) is an ancient form of therapy that uses dried burning leaves of the herb 艾叶(ai ye) Artemisia Argyi or Artemisia Vulgaris, commonly known as mugwort, to generate heat and provide therapeutic effects. This herb is usually prepared in a shape of a cigar to facilitate its application.
The functions of the mugwort herb are: to stimulate the circulation of Qi and Blood in the selected acupoint, area or meridian, to expel and treat cold conditions, transform dampness, stop pain, stiffness and strengthen the immune system.
Once the moxa stick or cones are lit, they are placed a couple inches above the skin (also called Indirect Moxibustion) in order to transmit heat and the properties of the mugwort herb to a specific acupoint or area.
Moxibustion Application Styles
Moxa can be applied in different ways:
- Placed at the top end of acupuncture needles, so the heat travels through the needles to the selected acupoint.
- Lit inside of a moxa box and placed on the area to be treated, to reach multiple acupoints or larger areas at the same time.
- Molded into a cone shape, placed directly on top of ginger slices and then on the desired area of treatment, increasing its warming effect etc.
Moxibustion is safe and should not burn or hurt. Blisters could happen, therefore the constant communication between patient and practitioner is important in order to keep the moxa stick at a comfortable distance where the heat will feel pleasant and relaxing.