This technique of traditional Chinese medicine is a process where you burn mugwort to treat a patient. Mugwort is an herb that is spongy and small, but it has amazing healing properties to it. Moxibustion is a healing process which has been used for thousands of years in the East. The benefits of moxibustion are to make the blood stronger and to allow the Qi energy flow to be stimulated. This causes the general health of a patient to be maintained.
What is the moxibustion process like? Will there be any pain?
There is direct moxibustion and indirect moxibustion. If the practitioner uses direct moxibustion, this involves placing a small amount of moxa in the area of the body that will be treated. This is typically the acupoint which is determined by the practitioner. Once the moxa is on there, it gets burned and that’s when the healing begins. Sometimes direct moxibustion is considered to be scarring moxibustion and other times it is non-scarring moxibustion. The difference has to do with how long the burning moxa is kept on the acupoint. If it is left there until it completely burns away then it’ll leave burn scars and blisters on the area, even after the healing process is over. When the moxibustion process is non-scarring, the burning moxa is removed from the acupoint before it has a chance to burn the flesh. All the patient will feel is a relaxing heat sensation which will sink down into the underlayers of their skin. The heat won’t be too extreme, which means there won’t be any blisters, pain, or scarring.
As for indirect moxibustion, this is the most widely used form of moxibustion because it doesn’t pose much of a risk to the patient. In other words, there is very little burning or pain associated with it. During this process, the practitioner takes a moxa stick which is as big as a cigar and then lights up one end of it. The practitioner will then place the lit end of the stick near the acupoint for many minutes. Once there is redness on the skin, the practitioner stops.
Sometimes moxa and needles are used for indirect moxibustion. The practitioner will stick a needle into the area being treated and then wrap the other end of it with moxa. Then, they will light the moxa on fire which produces heat for the acupoint and the area around it. Once the benefits are received, the practitioner will extinguish the flaming moxa and then remove the needle from the area.
Moxa for cold and warm conditions and smooth blood circulation
Moxa treatment can be used for stimulating blood circulation and treating warm and cold conditions. Traditional Chinese medical practitioners would use moxibustion on patients who were stagnant or had a cold condition. The theory is that when moxa is burning over the acupoints, it will draw out the coldness from the meridians and bring warmth to them. This allows Qi energy and blood to flow more smoothly.
Moxibustion Helps Treat Pregnant Women
Western doctors have successfully used moxibustion to get babies in the womb into a head-down position rather than a breech position before they’re delivered. Moxibustion has been known to help the fetus move more too. Women experiencing menstrual cramps may be able to reduce them by getting moxibustion and acupuncture done simultaneously.
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