Moxibustion in Niagara Falls , ON

How it works and for what conditions it can be used

Moxibustion therapy (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 the shape of a cigar to facilitate its application.

Some of the mugwort benefits are stimulating the circulation of Qi and Blood in the selected acupoint, area, or meridian, expelling and treating cold conditions, transforming dampness, stopping pain and stiffness, and strengthening the immune system.

Once the moxa stick or cones are lit, they are placed a couple of inches above the skin (this is also called Indirect Moxibustion) 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.

Moxibustion Benefits

Moxa brings a variety of benefits to the body. Here are five key advantages:

  • Boosts circulation by improving blood flow and promoting better oxygen delivery to tissues
  • Reduces pain and inflammation, providing relief from conditions like arthritis and muscle stiffness
  • Strengthens the immune system, helping the body fight off illnesses more effectively
  • Aids in better digestion, alleviating issues like bloating and constipation by warming the digestive organs
  • Promotes relaxation and reduces stress, enhancing overall mental and physical well-being

In addition to these benefits, moxa therapy is also known for its ability to balance the body's energy (Qi), creating harmony and supporting the body's natural healing processes.