Moxibustion, or just moxa, refers to a traditional Chinese medicine technique involving the application of heat to facilitate treatment of various complaints. The heat comes from burning the herb mugwort (Artemisia argyi) in one shape or form and placing it close to the skin. We mostly use a ‘smokeless’ moxa stick. The stick looks like a cigar and emits a lovely radiant heat when lit.
The heat is applied by holding the moxa stick over specific points or areas of the body for a few minutes. This serves to remove any coldness or stagnation, promote and regulate circulation, strengthen and warm the organs, lift your energy and help restore health in general.
Moxa heating is usually an adjunct to acupuncture treatments and is more frequently applied during the cooler months of Autumn and Winter. It can be particularly helpful for muscular aches and cramping.