What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy that involves the burning of moxa, or dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), near specific points on the body. It is often used in conjunction with acupuncture and other TCM techniques as a way to stimulate and promote healing within the body.
Traditionally, moxibustion therapy involves burning the moxa, which can come in a cone or stick form, and holding the lit moxa over targeted acupoints on the body. At PULSE, we use a modernised, safer method called ‘smokeless moxibustion’. It retains the benefits of heat generation without producing pungent smoke that may irritate the airways. The smokeless moxa stick can be placed in a box on acupoints of the back or abdomen. It can also be handheld at a distance from the acupoints requiring stimulation.
Moxibustion is believed to stimulate the flow of Qi, which is considered the body’s vital energy in traditional Chinese medicine. The heat generated by burning moxa can improve circulation, relax muscles, and promote the flow of Qi and blood in the body, helping to restore balance and alleviate various health conditions.
Benefits of Moxibustion
Moxibustion may be chosen as a treatment method based on the patient’s specific condition and body constitution, as determined by our physicians from the consultation. It is usually recommended for patients with a ‘weak’ or ‘cold’ body constitution. After moxibustion, patients often report feeling greater warmth in their body. They may also experience improved circulation to extremities.
Moxibustion can aid in a variety of health issues, including (but not limited to):
- Reducing pain and menstrual cramps
- Alleviating digestive discomfort such as bloating or diarrhoea,
- Improving strength and immunity, among other benefits
- Promoting fertility, and more.
Is Moxibustion Safe?
Generally, moxibustion is considered safe when administered by trained and qualified physicians who follow proper hygiene and safety protocols. Trained practitioners would know to take precautions to ensure that the burning moxa does not come into direct contact with the skin and that patients are not exposed to excessive heat.
In deciding which type of TCM treatment is best for you, it would be best to consult your particular condition with your physician, who will conduct a through assessment and recommend the best treatment tailored to your condition and unique body constitution.
Do also bring up any questions or concerns you might have before the start of treatment. This can most likely help alleviate your worries and provide you with a clearer understanding of what to expect.
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