Types of Moxibustion Therapy NYC
In direct moxibustion, a dried prepared form of mugwort is applied directly onto the acupuncture site of the skin. The mugwort is then burned at a comfortable level of heating sensation before it is extinguished.
In indirect moxibustion, the mugwort is rolled in a parchment where the end is lit and held over a precise acupuncture point. It is commonly used in pediatric or pregnant patients, where strong stimulations are typically avoided.
Health Benefits of Moxibustion Therapy
The heat emitted from the herb stimulates circulation through the area, smoothening the patient’s blood flow. Moxibustion has long been used to support the immune system as a preventative for cold and flu like symptoms. It can also to treat certain types of edema, and significantly reduce swelling.
Moxibustion Therapy for Pregnancy
Moxibustion has been found to be an effective way to help turn a breech baby into the proper position for giving birth. The burning herb is held over the primary acupuncture point for the uterus, and the warming effect which promotes movement, encourages the baby to be more active and lift itself up into the proper position. This is typically done in the weeks leading up to the birth, and is a safe way to reduce the need for a C-Section.