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.
- Digestive complaints such as indigestion, diarrhea and colitis
- Menstrual problems such as cramping, pain and clots
- Abnormal bleeding from the uterus or bowels
- Organ prolapse
One of the most extraordinary uses of Moxa is in the late stage of pregnancy. The technique can be applied to the little toe of a pregnant woman to help turn a breech positioned baby!