MOXA-Bringing the deep heat!
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is an external treatment that involves the action of burning the herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris or Artemisia argyi) on or near the body. Moxa is added to an acupuncture treatment to tonify deficiencies in the body and purge deep rooted toxins and excesses. In Eastern Medicine, it is used to warm and dry areas of the body that TCM practitioners note are cold and/or damp. "Dampness" comes from the bodies failure to burn off or dissipate moisture and people with this inclination may have loss of appetite, heavy and tired limbs, cold hands and feet, greasy and oily skin, sticky stool, and/or nausea. Gastroenteritis can also be caused by dampness in the body and it is often easy for those with this influence to be prone toward respiratory congestion, colds and weight gain.
Bringing heat to the body moxa is excellent at treating digestive and bowel disorders like IBS, constipation and diarrhea. It helps with gynecological issues like regulating the menstrual cycle and reduce cramping (it is even used to turn breech babies in utero). Alleviates pain and stiffness, especially in the joints and low back. To support the respiratory and immune systems in treating allergies, colds, and infections. In fact, receiving moxa treatments in the summer and fall can help prevent seasonal allergies and colds from developing!