Moxibustion is a therapy that a practitioner uses moxa wool to treat and prevent conditions. The moxa is made from a leaf of Chinese mug wort, which is warm and smells fragrant. Moxibustion can warm the channels, invigorate the flow of qi and blood circulation, strengthen the body’s resistance to disease. Ming Yi Tang uses special moxa sticks that are infused with different Chinese herbs to enhance the experience.

Moxibustion | How does it work?

The practitioner will hold the burning moxa stick close to the surface of the skin (without touching). The moxa material is compressed into a cigar-sized stick that is lit and allowed to smolder. It produces a very unique, penetrating heat.

The smoldering moxa stick is held over specific areas that often correspond with certain acupuncture points. The glowing end of the moxa stick is held about an inch or two above the surface of the skin until the area reddens and becomes suffused with warmth.

What do Moxibustion patients feel?

It is not uncommon for patients receiving moxibustion to report a sudden, intense warmth that quickly radiates along a specific pathway (usually corresponding with the jing luo channel that is being treated) when the moxa stick is applied. This is a good result as it promotes blood circulation and the flow of qi.

When is Moxibustion a good idea?

Moxibustion is usually used in "cold" patterns, or conditions such as:

  • Pain due to injury or arthritis
  • Digestive problems
  • Irregular cycle
  • Gynecological and obstetrical conditions
  • IVF support
  • Protection against cold and flu strains
  • Fatigue

Practitioners often performing acupuncture and moxibustion in the same session when it's considered an appropriate treatment strategy. Practitioners believe that these therapies increase each other's effectiveness when used together.

What do Moxa sticks smell like?

Moxa sticks tend to have a herbal scent. In consideration of our patience comfort, Ming Yi Tang uses smokeless moxa sticks.

Why is Moxibustion beneficial?

Moxibustion has been used for more than 2500 years to prevent and cure diseases. It can dredge meridians and regulate qi-blood. Today, there are a variety of studies reporting on the effects of moxibustion on the human body suggesting benefits on major physiological systems - especially when it comes to enhancing immunity and antiaging. At the same time, positive research on the mechanisms of moxibustion has also gradually developed, mainly relating to the thermal and radiation effects of moxa sticks.

If you'd like to learn more about Moxibustion, Cupping Therapy or Chinese Herbal Medicine, book an appointment, contact Ming Yi Tang today.