What is moxibustion
As one of the treatment methods of Chinese medicine, moxibustion involves burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves, on the certain place in your body near acupuncture points. According to traditional Chinese medicine practices, this can increase Qi circulation and help with a range of health issues, from chronic pain to digestive troubles.Scientific study shows that moxibustion can arouse and shorten the period of inflammatory reaction, and accelerate the tissue recovery process of damage.
Moxibustion can be applied directly or indirectly. In direct moxibustion, the moxa cone rests on your body at the treatment point. The practitioner lights the cone and lets it burn slowly until your skin begins to turn red. Once you begin to feel heat, the practitioner removes it.Moxa can also be placed on the acupuncture needle and ignited. It burns on the needle until it’s extinguished. The heat travels through the needle to the acupuncture point.
Indirect moxibustion is more commonly practiced. It’s also a safer option, since the burning moxa doesn’t actually touch your skin. Instead, the practitioner will hold it about an inch from your body. They’ll remove it once your skin becomes red and warm.
What does moxibustion help
Moxibustion usually helps chronic pain such as arthritis, and also could be beneficial for some digestion problems such as diarrhea, colitis, IBS. Especially, moxibustion is perhaps best know for being an alternative way to help with breech presentation.