Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a herb, to facilitate healing. Mugwort, also known as artemesia vulgaris .Research has shown that it acts as an emmenagogue that is, an agent that increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation. This could explain its use in treating breech births and menstrual cramps The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
How it Works
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned.
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes warming the location along the meridian. Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupuncture point and retained while the moxa is ignited and gently place over the needle warming the location point through the needle with moxa