Moxibustion Services

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:

Moxa, at the size of a rice grain or smaller, is placed on the skin over an acupuncture point. The practitioner lights the top of the moxa with an incense stick and allows the heat to travel downwards, just before it touches the skin. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, tissues and muscles without any pain, blistering or scarring. This form of moxibustion is known for its nourishing and replenishing qualities.Chinetskyu moxa is another form of direct moxibustion, using a moxa cone which is a little larger than the rice grain moxa. We use chinetskyu to tonify and strengthen the Qi and will often remove the cone when the slightest sensation of heat is felt. It is a subtle technique to support underlying weaknesses and imbalances of Qi flow. After chinetskyu moxa the patient will feel a deep sense of inner warmth and vitality.

2. Indirect Moxibustion:

A practitioner lights one end of a moxastick, which has the shape and size of a cigar. The stick is held with the ignited end close to the treated area until it turns warm and red. Moxastick therapy is also a popular form of >home treatmentt due to its ease of application for mild inflammatory conditions.Moxahead needling: A needle is inserted into an acupuncture point and retained. A moxa cone is placed on top of the needle shaft and ignited. A soothing heat from the moxa cone radiates into the surrounding area until it gradually extinguishes. This form of moxa use is suitable for many muscular skeletal conditions in order to cover broader areas of the body.

Our Approach

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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:

  • Pregnancy
  • Menstrual dysfunction
  • ​Digestive issues
  • Asthma
  • ​​Muscular skeletal problems
  • Osteoarthritis

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