Moxibustion is an acupuncture without needle and a form of heat therapy on certain designated points of the body using smokeless charcoal sticks to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi or energy in the body, helps to increase blood circulation, stimulate digestive system function and boost the immune system and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
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 (Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris), but it can be made of other substances as well.
Moxibustion is used for:
- Pain due to injury or arthritis, especially in "cold" patterns where the pain naturally feels better with the application of heat
- Digestive problems and irregular elimination
- Gynecological and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late term pregnancy
- Protection against cold and flu strains