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What is moxa?

Moxa comes from the Japanese word, mogusa, that refers to the herb, Chinese mugwort.  Moxa is a remarkable substance that when burned, its effects can penetrate very deeply.

In one experiment, moxa and several other herbs were burned on the surface of a watermelon.  When the watermelon was sliced open, moxa was the only herb that left a heat trail into the core.


What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion, also shortened to moxa, is a heating therapy that may be used to stimulate acupuncture points instead of or together with acupuncture needles.

They have different properties than needles and can be very potent when used with the correct technique and combination of points.

They may be applied above the skin, on top of a medium over the skin, or on the skin but never burning the skin. Moxa is very safe when used correctly and conscientiously.



What is moxa used for?

The most common use for moxa is expelling cold and restoring the body’s Yang.  You can think of it as helping the body regain its ability to generate heat.

Warming meridians promote the circulation of Qi and blood and also helps to relax muscles.  In this way, moxa treats the common cold, general feeling of cold, and many types of muscle pain.

But via a different mechanism, moxa can create an immune response, stimulating anti-inflammatory pathways and thus treating arthritis, phlegm in the lungs, abdominal pain, diarrhea, urinary disorders, poor digestion, swellings, and lumps in the skin.

Moxa is also extremely effective in treating certain patterns of infertility.


Learn more about moxa here.

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