Moxibustion is a focused heat therapy which traditionally involves the burning of the herb Mugwort over specific acupuncture points to positively stimulate the body in a variety of ways. Mugwort is the herb of choice as it burns evenly, and its oils and aromas have a positive effect on the body.
Moxa has not been researched as much as acupuncture, but the available literature shows positive effects on the blood, immunity, and the regeneration of tissue. A 1998 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 75 percent of pregnant women had their breech fetuses turn to the normal position with moxa burned on an acupuncture point located on the pinky toe.
While moxa may be considered a minor part of Chinese medicine in the West, ancient doctors held it in high regard. In the Nei Jing—a fundamental text in Chinese medicine—moxa is said to “do what the needle cannot.”
Our clinic is in a multi-disciplinary medical building with minimal to no-scent policy, so we use smokeless moxa, moxa laser or magnetic heat lamps when the treatment requires it. With proper instructions and guidance, we would occasionally recommend patients to use moxibustion at home as part of their self-care routine.