What Is Moxibustion? | Moxa and TCM

Published | Updated April 4, 2020
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What Is Moxibustion? | Moxa and TCM

Moxibustion is an important and widely used Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy done by burning dried Mugwort (called Moxa) on certain areas or points of the body.

Apart from China, Moxibustion therapy is frequently used by the traditional medicine systems of other Asian countries, such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia.

Therapists use Moxa (a herb of the Artemisia genus) to warm or heat body areas/regions and meridian points with the goal to stimulate circulation through the points and promote a better flow of blood and Qi (Life Force Energy).

Some of the benefits claimed are relief of colds and flues, battling weakness, alleviating arthritis, strengthening the organs and the immune system, and general relief of so-called Yang-deficiencies. It’s a treatment often used in combination with Acupuncture.

There are a variety of techniques to perform Moxibustion, such as direct scarring, direct non-scarring, and indirect Moxibustion, among other methods.

For instance:

  • Direct scarring places a small cone of Moxa on the skin on an acupuncture point and burns it until the skin blisters, which then scars after it heals.
  • Direct non-scarring removes the burning Moxa before the skin burns enough to scar.
  • Indirect Moxibustion holds a “Moxa-cigar” (a cigar-shaped stick) near an acupuncture point to warm the skin, or puts it on an acupuncture needle inserted in the skin to heat the needle.
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