Moxibustion, the burning of a dried herb called moxa (usually mugwort or Artemisia vulgaris) to treat disorders has been used along with acupuncture and herbs for a very long time. Moxa provides a penetrating heat that can enter the channels to influence Qi and Blood flow.
Moxa may be administered several different ways. In one way, it may be burned in the form of a stick that is held about two centimeters above a specific point. The patient usually experiences a pleasant warming sensation. Another method for administering moxa is to burn it at the end of an acupuncture needle that is inserted in a specific point.
Moxibustion can be used to treat many ailments. Most recently it has received a lot of attention regarding its ability to help turn breech position babies. We have listed several studies (listed under research on acupuncture during pregnancy) covering the topic of moxibustion and breech position.
Studies indicate the moxibustion is helpful in the treatment of breech babies, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, colds and flu and general immune boosting, to name a few uses.
On your next visit to the clinic, ask us for instructions how to light, use and extinguish the moxa sticks.