WHAT IS MOXIBUSTION (MOXA)?
Moxibustion is composed of an herb called Mugwort (Ai Ye) which is burned on or near the body and functions to promote blood circulation and warm acupuncture points to accelerate the healing process. Moxibustion treatments can be done directly as part of the acupuncture process or indirectly, through the burning of a moxa stick which is held near the application point or area, local applications can help improve recovery of injured joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Moxa is commonly used to treat pain and other conditions. Moxa can help with accelerating the metabolic processes in the body. This means that it can help the healing of damaged tissue, by increasing circulation to the damaged tissues and decreasing inflammation. Many pain conditions and injuries can be treated with moxa, arthritis, tendinitis, inflammation, sprains, swelling, etc. Typically, in pain conditions, it is used directly in the area of concern, and possibly along the acupuncture channels that are involved.
Moxibustion can dredge acupuncture meridians regulating Qi and Blood, it has been used to prevent and cure diseases for more than 2,500 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) usually refers to “needling” and “moxibustion” collectively, for both of them are based on the same theories of meridian and acupoint therapy. Acupoints are the sites on the body surface, in which the qi of organs and meridians assembles, they act as target and response points of treatment.
For internal medicine applications moxa is applied to specific acupuncture points or areas depending on the patient's specific symptoms.
For instance in weight-loss treatments, moxa can help boost metabolism, regulate digestion, and regulate water metabolism.