Benefits of Moxibustion

At Yejee Acupuncture NYC, we get a lot of questions in regards to moxibustion benefits and therapy – what it is, and how it is used for treating various medical conditions.  The application of moxibustion, similar to acupuncture, has a long history of usage that dates back several thousands of years in China.  The most common form of moxibustion is comprised of leafy plant called Artemisiae Herb, which has been dried up for easy application onto the subcutaneous layer of the skin.  Typically, the herb is then burnt on top of the skin (at appropriate acupuncture sites) for therapeutic effects.   There are myriad of benefits to moxibustion treatments, but the most well-known functions are to activate the blood circulation, facilitate the healing process, warm meridians within the body, and promote the body’s water regulation process.

Common Uses & Moxibustion Benefits

  • Common cold and respiratory disorders, such as hay fever and seasonal allergies
  • Immune system support
  • Pregnancy support, including turning breech baby during pregnancy
  • Gastrointestinal disease, such as peptic ulcers, irritable bowel disease, crohn’s disease, chronic diarrhea, and ulcerative colitis
  • Pain management due to osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, meniscal tears, or any injuries that are not easily healing
  • Blood clotting disorders and other cardiovascular dysfunctions
  • Inflammatory disorders and neuralgia that may disrupt normal circulatory flow

Types of Moxibustion

Practitioners of moxibustion can use either direct or indirect methods to administer a treatment. Both have their benefits, and the type you are offered will vary depending on the preferences of the clinic and you, the patient.

As suggested by the name, direct moxibustion involves direct contact with the patient’s skin. A practitioner will ignite an incense stick to light the moxa “wool” while the patient is relaxed on the treatment table. The herbal wool then smolders and creates warmth on the target acupoints for the session.

In the US, the use of indirect moxibustion is more common. This can be performed in a manner of different ways. For the first, the smoking end of a moxa stick very close to the skin by the practitioner, until the acupoint warms adequately. This directs blood and other vital fluids along the correct meridians and can begin to heal the ailments of the patient being treated. Indirect moxibustion can also be performed by using a tiger warmer, or by placing a buffer between the skin and the stick, including garlic, ginger, salt and aconite.

Another method of indirect moxibustion involves wrapping smaller balls of moxa around acupuncture needles and lighting them until they smoke. Then, the heat is driven down into the acupuncture point through the needle shaft, enhancing the needling effects. Usually, this is only performed on one or two of the needles per acupuncture session. This combination, known as acu-moxibustion, has been said to have a warm, soothing sensation for the patient.

Moxibustion at Yejee

Please note that this therapy should not be performed alone at home or without the supervision of a properly trained practitioner as it may lead to unwanted side effects.  Our specialists here at Yejee Acupuncture & Wellness NYC are nationally board certified, New York State licensed acupuncturists with over 20 years of experience fully trained in both acupuncture and moxibustion.

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