Moxibustion is a Trditional Chinese Medical therapy using mugwort herb. There are various moxibustion techniques. Here we only practice the indirect moxibustion. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a mugwort stick (roughly the shape and size of a cigar) and holds it an inch or two away from the acupoint area, or around the inserted needles to bring mild warmth to the area without burning, until the skin becomes slightly red.
Practitioners use moxibustion to stimulating circulation through the points and inducing a smoother flow of Chi and blood. For women who have cramp or menstruation problem, that moxibustion acts as an emmenagogue, meaning that it stimulates blood-flow in the pelvic area and uterus. Also, moxibustion can treat conditions associated with the "cold" or "yang deficiencies" in Chinese Medicine.
Moxibustion usually used in the treatment of chronic problems "deficient conditions" (weakness):
•Chronic 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
•Gynecological and obstetrical conditions, including breech presentation in late term pregnancy
•Protection against cold and flu strains.
Unlike acupuncture, which is almost always done by a trained practitioner in a clinic setting, moxibustion can be easily used at home. It is not uncommon for Chinese medical practitioners to train their patients to use moxibustion on themselves to strengthen the effect of the clinical sessions between appointments.
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