Moxibustion involves burning the processed and dried herb Mugwort either on the Skin directly, above the skin or on top of a needle inserted into an acupuncture point. This process is completely safe when used by a properly trained professional. Moxibustion done on the skin directly doesn't hurt or burn, it just creates a gentle warmth at the site of treatment.
Moxibustion is a process used to "inject" energy directly into an acupuncture point, to increase blood flow to the area and create a small amount of inflammation to the area being treated which accelerates the healing process. It is mostly used to inject energy into patients who are classified as 'Deficient.' Those of you who are deficient will generally be tired and have digestive issues. Moxibustion can also be used to reduce swelling and help to relax muscles that are tight or in spasm.
Using a dried herb called Mugwart, it is placed either directly onto the skin or on top of a needle that has been inserted into an acupuncture point. The Mugwart is then burnt, which creates gentle warmth to the site. When Moxibustion is placed directly on the skin, it won't hurt, or burn the skin.
Moxibustion has an even longer history of use than Acupuncture and is dated back about 5000 years! Moxibustion is a true art form and has been handed down from generation to generation through Chinese families throughout history.
Mugwart is available in different levels of "potency". It can be dried for different lengths of time and is used depending on the treatment needed. The longer it's dried, the more potent the heating qualities are and the more 'pure' the herb is said to be. Semi dried Moxa, which is still slightly sticky, is used to burn on the needle so it adheres while burning and not fall off onto the patient.
Moxibustion is usually used in combination with needles to gain the best result from treatment. However, it can be used as an alternative treatment for patients who are afraid of needles.
Common conditions Moxibustion can be used to treat (although not limited to):