Moxibustion (also simply called as moxa) is
carried out by burning a dried herb
commonly called moxa or mugwort in English.
Moxibustion is Yang energetically, so has
warming, moving, and tonifying abilities.
Therefore, it gives you a warmth straight
away and is used to enhance Qi and Blood
circulation. Moxibustion is often used for a pain relief and gives a comfort to a sore lower back, a menstrual abdominal pain, other painful joints. Because of the warming nature, moxibustion is often used to rectify cold sensation in the body and bring up weak Yang.
During an IVF cycle, it is said that the number of follicles may be possibly increased when rice grain moxa and/or electro acupuncture on certain acupuncture points are performed. Therefore, I often apply both in my treatments.
So, how is moxa done?
Moxibustion is performed in several ways:
Burning a cigar-shaped moxa stick near acupuncture points
Burning a cone-shaped moxa roll on top of the needles
Burning moxa wool sitting on a tiny cardboard (not in a picture)
Burning a hand-rolled moxa wool in a rice grain size directly on the skin (which doesn’t burn the skin).
Some Japanese scientists report that moxibustion enhances immunity as it promotes the blood circulation (white blood cells) throughout the whole body.
Moxibustion may be performed alone or in combination with acupuncture as a part of your treatment.
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