Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy that involves burning dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) leaves on or near the body’s meridians and acupuncture points. Practitioners believe that the resulting heat helps stimulate these points and improves the flow of qi (energy) in the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine practices, this increased qi circulation can help with a range of health issues, from chronic pain to digestive troubles.

There are two main types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small cone of moxa is placed directly on the skin at the acupuncture point. The cone is lit and allowed to burn until it falls off. Indirect moxibustion involves holding a moxa stick or cigar near the skin, but not touching it. The heat from the moxa is transferred to the skin through the air.

Moxibustion is a safe and effective therapy for many conditions. However, it is important to see a qualified TCM practitioner to ensure that it is appropriate for you and that it is done correctly.

Some of the conditions that moxibustion can be used to treat include:

  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Tendonitis
  • Ulcers
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Cancer
  • Digestive problems

Moxibustion is also sometimes used to help turn a breech baby during pregnancy.

If you are considering moxibustion, Chat with Ana who will be able to help you determine if it is right for you and can answer any questions you have about the procedure.

Here are some of the potential benefits of moxibustion:

  • Increased blood flow
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Relaxed muscles
  • Boosted immune system
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced stress
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