Things You Need to Know About Moxibustion

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion, also known as moxa, in short, derives its origin from the name of a wormwood plant -Artemisia moxa, or (Japanese) A. mogusa. It is a traditional Chinese medical practice that originated in China and spread to Japan and other Asian countries afterward. In this, practitioners burn dried plant materials called moxa kept in a cigar-like structure or moxa stick near the skin’s surface at acupoints or the areas corresponding to them. Practitioners can use moxibustion alone or acupuncture for moxa in Denver to relieve patients from pain due to injury, arthritis, gynecological and obstetrical conditions, digestive problems, and cold and flu strains.


Aim of Practitioners 

The main aim of providing moxibustion is the same as acupuncture: to remove all blockages and promote Qi’s non-obstructive flow in the body. As per Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Chinese believed that heating specific points on the body enhances circulation “full-bloodedness” and relieved pain. Generally, practitioners treat points near large blood vessels, eyes, and ears with moxa because these points are considered inadvisable.

First used to treat rheumatic arthritis, the practice got popular to relieve pain and congestion and provide an anesthetic effect. Hot rods used in ancient times often caused blisters on the areas of the skin due to burning. Now the practitioners offering acupuncture for moxa in Denver only warm the areas that need to be stimulated. Rolled leaves of the mugwort, ginger, mulberry, and aconite plants replaced the hot rods.


Health Problems for Which Moxibustion is Suitable

Moxibustion stimulates the specific cells of the body. It boosts the immune system, leads to enhanced blood flow, and brings warmth to the body. The body gets into a processing mode, and that helps in alleviating pain. Some of the problems that moxibustion can treat are adrenal fatigue, depression, low mood, hypoglycemia, oversensitivity to cold, rheumatic pain, digestive issues, etc. Besides, it helps with breech presentation where the baby in the mother’s womb is in a bottom-down position. A practitioner does it through indirect moxibustion, where he keeps the burning moxa on the outer region of your toe at an acupoint bladder 67, also known as zihyin.


Direct and indirect Moxibustion

Based on the mechanism of the modality, moxibustion has two types- Direct and Indirect. In the direct moxibustion, a practitioner lights the moxa cone and places it on the acupoint or treatment point on your body. When your skin begins to turn red, and you begin to feel heat, the practitioner removes it. In indirect moxibustion, the practitioner holds the burning moxa an inch above your body and removes it when your skin becomes red and warm. In another form, a practitioner uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. The practitioner will first insert a needle into an acupoint and wrap the needle’s tip with moxa that is ignited. The burning of moxa at the end generates heat to the point and the surrounding area. When the practitioner feels that the desired effect has been gained, he extinguishes the moxa and removes the needles.

Based on patients’ diagnosis and treatment plan, many practitioners use both acupuncture and moxibustion, believing that one therapy complements the other and their effectiveness increases when used together. However, it would help if you know that while acupuncture needs a trained practitioner providing it in a clinical setting, one can use moxibustion at one’s home. Many patients get training from Chinese medical practitioners to use moxa on themselves, enhancing the clinical sessions between appointments.

Getting the best acupuncture moxibustion in Denver can produce a small inconvenience that is of smoke and odor. Although some smokeless varieties of moxa are also available, the true moxa made from mugwort leaves’ burning produces much smoke when burned.

You may experience an odor like marijuana produced from burning mugwort. Hence many TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicines) practitioners in the US place signs around their clinics about the nature of smell that patients and visitors may be noticing.

When it comes to getting maximum health benefits from acupuncture and moxibustion, only an experienced and licensed practitioner can help you get the same. It would help if you did a thorough credentials check before visiting a suitable acupuncturist. You can call the acupuncturist and discuss your requirements and treatment plans, or schedule an appointment and visit the clinic physically to discuss the treatment plan, cost, number of sessions required, and the success rate. It will help you choose the right clinic and get acupuncture and moxibustion treatment from a reputed clinic with an experienced practitioner.


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