June 19, 2016


Moxibustion Therapy Rifle, Colorado

moxibustion therpayThe Local Healing House has several practitioners that are experienced at using Moxibustion.  Moxibustion, also called Moxa, is a traditional Chinese medical technique that uses heat at a specific location to achieve a medical goal.   Moxibustion has been used for thousand of years; however, medical research started as early as 1927.

Moxibustion is made from a plant called mugwort, artemesia vulgaris, and can be applied directly to the skin as a small cone or through a stick.  On occasions, the mugwort is formed into a ball and placed on the end of an acupuncture needle.  This allows the heat from the fire to penetrate deeper into muscles.  There are different qualities of moxa and price ranges from $150 for an ounce to $10 for an ounce. The most important aspect of using moxa is the heat that is emitted from the mugwort.  Modern clinics us moist heat through the application of heated wet packs.  Sometimes, most heat is not the best option for the condition.  The moxa allows us to apply dry heat.  In addition, the we packs are broad and generalized.  The moxa is more specific and the heat can go deeper.

How Can It Help You?

Previous research supported theories that moxibustion can help with breeched babies through the release of estrogen and prostaglandins.  These hormones promote contraction of the uterus to change the baby’s position.  Many women use moxibustion in an attempt to correct the position of a breached baby.

Additional research shows that moxibustion helps with pain.  The heat emitted from the mugwort helps stimulate and promote the movement of blood.  Arthritis pain is often controlled with moxibustion and acupuncture treatments.

Chinese Therapy session with moxi

Women dealing with menstruation difficulties or cramping pain find relief with moxibustion treatments.  Some woman will apply the moxibustion at homes by placing the heat from the moxa stick over their lower abdomen.  Women with excessive bleeding also place the moxa stick on areas around the knee.

This technique can also be used for facial paralysis and numbness to stimulate the nerve. People with Bell’s Palsy place the moxa along the facial nerves.  Individuals that have experienced strokes can place the moxa over limbs that have been affected by the stroke.  In these applications, the moxibustion is a supplementary treatment that assists acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, and medical Chinese herbs.

Clinically, moxibustion can be applied to the blistering rash of shingles.  The heat from the moxa stick and help fight the viral infection by altering the local environmental conditions.  Shingles can be extremely painful, to the point of being debilitating and lead to chronic pain. Moxibustion can have a huge impact on a patient’s quality of life and reduce their pain.

Cancer is a difficult condition to face and often patients are exhausted after treatments.  Moxibustion can help support the patient during their treatments.

There are many additional applications for moxa in as a therapeutic treatment. The most important function of the moxa is having the ability to direct heat into the body at specific locations.  If you would like to know more about how The Local Healing Room uses moxa, please contact us.  We will be more than happy to determine if the treatment would be successful for any condition you are dealing with.

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