Most people, when they think Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they only think Acupuncture.  But in reality, TCM has many techniques and tools of treatment.  One of them is Moxibustion or Moxa.

Moxa is a technique/tool that is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It consists in burning a herb call Mugwart in acupuncture points or general areas of the body.  There are two techniques:

  1. Direct Moxa:  which consists on burning the herb directly into the skin.  This technique is very common in Mainland China.  This method is NOT used in Canada because it can leave scarring in the skin.

2.  Indirect Moxa:  which consists on burning the herb on the tip of the needle, over salt, over ginger, or using Moxa sticks and placing the tip of the stick near the body without touching the skin.

Moxibustion is very effective for people that have deficient and cold constitutions.  Common symptoms are:

  • low energy
  • low appetite
  • cold body temperature
  • not being able to warm up
  • liking warm beverages
  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic lower back pain
  • chronic arthritis
  • slow digestion
  • chronic diarrhea
  • frequent urination
  • cold in kidney area
  • impotence
  • low libido
  • low spirits

Moxa can help by warming the meridians or channels in your body and induce a smoother flow of blood and “Qi”.  Moxa can also help warm up the muscles, joints and superficial layers of the body, helping them to relax and promote healing. Another benefit of Moxibustion is strengthening your energy and giving you a cozy feeling that will help you feel more relaxed and happy.