Moxibustion – The word moxa derives from Japanese mogusa which literally means ‘burning of mugwort’.
Moxibustion is a traditional Oriental medical technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a special tinder of dried herbs, on or near the skin to facilitate healing. It has been used throughout Asia for more than 3.000 years and was first practiced in cold climates to generate warmth for the body and to reduce pain.
The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Oriental medicine, is to build and strengthen Blood, improve circulation by stimulating the flow of Qi (energy) and obtain or maintain health.
There are Two Types of Moxibustion
1. Direct Moxibustion:
2. Indirect Moxibustion:
We use a number of tools in indirect moxibustion, with imaginative names like tiger warmer, lion warmer and elephant warmer, referring to their size. These tools are used to lightly massage or stroke an area where we need to improve blood circulation. We place a special moxa incense stick inside these tools, which are formed like cylinders and massage the area which needs to be addressed. This is often done on arthritic joints, inflamed tendons, or scar tissue adhesions.
In Japanese acupuncture, moxibustion is generally an essential part of the treatment. In conjunction with other medical modalities it may assist in a range of conditions such as: