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How Does Moxibustion Work And Its Benefits

What is Moxibustion and how does it work?

Moxibustion is one of the oldest treatment methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine and it has been used for over 3,000 years. It consists of burning carefully refined Moxa on key acupressure points along the meridian or the ‘ash’ points – ash points are the points of pain or discomfort. The warming and invigorating sensation from burning the Moxa on the skin unblocks the meridians, helps the blood circulation in the body and increases the flow of energy. Qi. 

The heat from the burning of the moxa removes Qi Stagnation and blood stasis caused by cold and dampness inside the body.  


What is Moxibustion Used for?

Moxibustion can be used to treat conditions caused by poor blood flow and low energy like chronic fatigue, issues with fertility, headache, swelling and stomach ache as well as pain (back, neck, shoulder or period pain for example). The ancient art of Moxibustion offers a natural drug-free way to restore and maintain your body and help you lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


Can I do Moxibustion at home?

The answer is yes. It is convenient to conduct moxa treatment at home by yourself, which is one of the benefits of using moxibustion. If you are worrying smoke from the burning moxa will trigger the alarm, you can even use smokeless moxa sticks in your treatment. It is not complicated and only needs a brief learning process to know about how to use it properly.

You may want to ask if there is any difference between pure moxa sticks and smokeless moxa. They are both effective when pure moxa sticks are produced more traditionally, while smokeless moxa’s texture is compact and it has a high ignition point. So the smokeless moxa burns at a higher temperature, which makes it more powerful in promoting blood flow. At the same time, because it doesn’t produce smoke while used, it is considered more environmentally friendly. Buy it here.


Benefits of Moxa Treatment:

How does moxibustion work? let’s check the benefits of moxibustion:

  • Weight Management
  • Headaches 
  • Fatigue – can act as an energy boost
  • IBS and Digestive Problems
  • Cold and Flu, Asthma and Allergies 
  • Oedema and Water Retention
  • Gland Infections
  • Pain: such as static, frozen shoulder, arthritis. Muscular Cramp pain in the abdomen or legs, sports or accident injuries, joint stiffness. 
  • Women’s health: Fertility, Irregular period, PCOS, FSH high, AMH low


What is Moxa made from?

Nature Moxa is made from two ingredients Ai Ye and Yi Mu Cao. Ai Ye is also referred to as Dried Mugwort.  Sometimes Moxa can be a mix of both Ai Ye and Yi Mu Cao, which provides more diverse moxa stick benefits. 


Which are the Moxa treatment points?

Moxibustion is mainly practised on Yang energy points. Moxibustion Points commonly used are Sheng Jue Xue,  Yong Quan Xue, Zhu Shan li Xue, and Bai Hui Xue along with Ash points which are the point of discomfort or pain.

Moxibustion for weight loss 

Moxibustion on some acupoints can promote gastrointestinal motility, reduce fat absorption, and increase its excretion to achieve weight loss. Zhongwan Xue, Guanyuan Xue, and Juliao Xue are the frequently used points during moxibustion for weight loss. Read more about acupressure points and Chinese medicine for weight loss by reading our blogs.

Moxibustion for fertility 

Moxa treatment can also be used to regulate the release of fertility hormones, ideal for fertility issues such as PCOS, blocked fallopian tubes, and enhancing egg quality. Zusanli and Sanyinjiao are acupoints that can be used during moxibustion and acupressure, learn more in this blog for moxa fertility.

Moxibustion can work for various conditions because many health issues require energy boosting and balance. Moxibustion is often used for immunity, postpartum recovery, low blood pressure, digestive problem, and water retention, read the blogs now!


Try Acupuncture along with Moxibustion!

If you have already started to use moxibustion, you are highly recommended to cooperate with acupuncture to maximise the effects of your treatment. Acupuncture, similar to moxibustion, it is based on the ancient knowledge of acupuncture points and meridians which go along our body and relate to the functioning of different organs. It also works by stimulating specific points of the body to unblock the Qi movement and promote circulation. Different from moxibustion, it is only physical therapy while moxibustion combines the benefits of physical therapy and the herbal healing power of Ai Ye. So it is always an optimal choice to engage them together in your treatment plan.

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Pure moxa sticks

Pure moxa sticks. 10 in a pack. These pure moxa sticks are effective and safe to use at home. Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment used for warm up the meridians and dispelling coldness. Offering an abundance of health benefits pure moxa sticks are commonly used for turning breech babies, cold, flu, pain, indigestion and much more.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our consultation page or our clinic page where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.

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