Moxibustion (Chinese: 灸; pinyin: jiǔ), also known as the moxa therapy is a focused heat therapy which involves the burning dried mugwort (Artemisia argyi) on particular acupoints. It is usually put near the surface of the skin to obtain warm stimulation to the skin, thus improving the Qi and blood circulation to relieve blood stagnation and enhancing immunity.
When is moxibustion used?
Moxibustion has also been studied for the treatment of pain, cancer, stroke, ulcerative colitis, constipation, and hypertension. In some cases, the physician may do acupuncture and moxibustion during the same session when appropriate to the diagnosis. In other cases, the patients may be trained to perform this at home to enhance the effect.
What does it smell like?
There is a slight inconveniene associated with moxibustion: the smoke and odour. Although there are smokeless moxa currently available in the market, the preferred moxa (made from mugwork) produces smoke when burned. TCM Centre is well equipped with good ventilation and air purification which allows the designated area suitable for moxibustion therapy. As for the odour, it is very subjective whether it is pleasant or “special”. Anyhow, you will have a bell on hand to notify us whenever you need assistance during the session.
Is it safe?
It is generally a safe therapy to be used in patients. However, the therapy should be avoided or handled with strict precautions on patients who may have allergy conditions to certain type of herbs (especially mugwort), or patients with sensory disabilities.