Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese therapy that uses dried mugwort incorporated into a slow burning plaster to produce natural analgesic properties in the body. Mugwort is often sold in a powder form that practitioners then form into cigar shaped sticks and burn. Small pea sized bits are then cut off and placed directly on the skin and burned. It is used in conjunction with acupuncture needles to treat an affected area of a patient. The practice of acupuncture moxibustion dates back to 16th century Japan and was previously called fire button. It is still used today, not only in Japanese but also in Korean and Chinese medicine as well.
Pinpointing the Problem
During the acupuncture treatment needles are strategically placed throughout the body and often pinpoint chronic problems that the patient is experiencing. Acupuncture may be used to treat ailments ranging from cold and flu symptoms or more serious diseases such as arthritis and cancer. While there are several hundred points , there are twelve primary and eight extraordinary meridian acupuncture points in the human body. The former addresses all of the organs and the latter relates to the intangible aspects of our psyche. Patients who suffer from a host of ailments like anxiety, depression and migraines find significant relief after these treatments.
Common facts about moxibustion acupuncture:
- Moxa is made from dried leaves of the Artemisia plant
- Increases blood flow
- Increases energy levels
A burning Technique
There are actually two treatments at acupuncture miami and both involve the flow of blood to help stimulate healing in the body. The Chinese believe that by warming the Qi you can help combat ailments that are caused by cold and low flowing blood. The first treatment, direct scarring moxibustion, has the practitioner placing the moxi directly on the skin and lighting it. Although they believe this is the most effective treatment, it also causes the most damage by scarring the affected area. The second treatment, indirect Moxibustion, is where the practitioner simply holds a cigar shaped sphere of moxi over the patient’s body and heats the needle. Both processes, heat the body and promote blood flow to the specified area of the body.