Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort, but it can be made of other substances as well.
Benefits of moxibustion:
Stimulating circulation and improving the flow of qi
Expelling cold and dampness from the body (“warming the meridians”) to relieve back pain and pain from arthritis and menstrual cramping
Improving female health issues such as menstrual irregularity, infertility, and breech pregnancy
Relieving male health problems such as impotence and poor sperm quality
Increasing resistance to cold and flu; this is especially helpful for patients who tend to frequently suffer from contagious viruses that circulate in winter
Stimulating the immune system to fight more serious illnesses and to keep the body healthy
Regulating the digestive system to relieve constipation and chronic diarrhea
Reducing numbness in the fingers and toes
Reducing the risk of developing blood clots
Easing anxiety disorders and certain symptoms of depression
Strengthening qi to eliminate general fatigue, leading to increased energy throughout the day