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What is moxibustion therapy?
Moxibustion is the application of heat-therapy into a specific acupuncture point on the body. It originates from traditional Chinese medicine and is commonly used in traditional acupuncture treatment.
Traditionally, moxibustion is the burning of a specific herb called ai ye (mugwort). The moxa is paced 1 inch above an acupuncture point to pour heat into it. The heat is a form of therapy that aids the flow of qi in the body, thereby restoring good health.
The burning of mugwort generates a lot of smoke, which affect people with sensitive respiratory system and won't set off smoke alarms. Instead, I use a smokeless moxa that does the same job without the side effects.
Because the moxa stick has to be held by a person, only one acupuncture point can be stimulated with heat at one time, unless you have an army of people all holding moxa stick. For this reason, I use infrared heat lamps instead to pour heat into a group of acupuncture points in one go.
Today, moxibustion is commonly used in the treatment of breech presentations. Traditionally, it is used to treat cold as moxibustion is a form of heat therapy.
Moxibustion doesn't have any side effects, is not painful, just a little warm so is quite comfortable.