Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. Moxa material is compressed into a stick or pole, looking not unlike an oversized cigar that can be lit and allowed to smoulder, producing a unique form of very penetrating heat.
Moxa used @ AcuCare Pain & Rehab Centre is made from more than dozens of dried leafy materials of Chinese traditional herbs – mug wort. Mug wort – artemesia vulgaris has shown to act as an emmenagogue that is, an agent that increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation in female whereas in male increases fertility and general wellbeing. We handpicked the supplier of these moxa to assure best quality treatment results.
At times after moxibustion there can be sudden flooding of warmth that quickly radiates along a specific pathway (usually corresponding with the meridian channel that is being treated) away from the site of application. This is a good result, as it indicates the arrival of the Qi and signals that the flow of Qi and xue has been freed in the channel.
Moxibustion is used for:
- Pain due to injury or arthritis, especially in “cold” patterns where the pain naturally feels better with the application of heat.
- Digestive problems and irregular elimination
- Gynaecological and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late term pregnancy
- Protection against cold and flu strains
We have tailor made moxibustion beds at our centre. With this facility we can make sure our whole body is treated together. The QI in our body can be more abundant and any deficiencies can be dealt with.
Patients are advised to change clothes when back home after treatment as the smell can be disturbing. Dark coloured clothes are preferred as smoke can stain pale colours.