You may have heard of the traditional Chinese medicine practice of moxibustion. This isn’t just another health trend, but a unique and with deep roots in holistic healing. But does moxibustion work?
Let’s take a closer look:
What is Moxibustion?
Moxa, as it’s colloquially known, involves the application on or near the skin of burning mugwort in various forms – be it a cigar-like stick, cones, loose herb, or liquid moxa.
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is a perennial plant that has been used for centuries in various cultures for its medicinal properties. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is valued for its warming and energizing qualities. When burned, mugwort releases a unique, penetrating heat that is said to drive out cold and invigorate the life energy known as Qi (pronounced “chee”). This is believed to help balance the yin and yang within the body, which are critical components in Chinese medicinal philosophy.
The heat from burning mugwort improves circulation, directing it to specific areas that might be stagnated or deficient in energy. This process can be particularly helpful in areas that need revitalization. By warming the muscles and meridians, moxibustion not only eases physical discomfort but also stimulates a healing response from our bodies. Many find this warmth soothing to injured regions and find it to be emotionally calming.
How Does Moxibustion Benefit Us?
Practitioners at Resilient Health Acupuncture regularly use moxibustion for:
- Alleviating swelling and pain resulting from injuries or surgeries. (Here, heat is applied near – not directly on – the affected areas.)
- Cancer treatment support. During chemotherapy, moxibustion is used to relieve weakness and fatigue and to support the parts of the body that are healthy, protecting them from further chemo-related damage and toxins.
- Easing cramping and addressing digestive complaints.
- Mitigating symptoms of anxiety.
- Treating acne, especially when found on the back.
- Aiding in turning breech babies.
Does Moxibustion Work?
With the modern world being inundated with a plethora of treatment options, many are returning to traditional practices to find holistic solutions. The non-invasive nature of moxibustion, combined with its dual physical and emotional benefits, makes it an attractive option for those seeking alternative remedies.
Want to experience the healing, heated touch of moxibustion? Schedule an appointment with Resilient Health Acupuncture & Wellness today.