Moxa therapy is a form of heat therapy that involves the burning of dried plant materials called “moxa.” They are burned very near the surface of the skin. This process is done in order to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body. By doing so it can dispel certain pathogenic influences.
Generally the process of moxa therapy will begin with a practitioner holding a burning moxa stick close to the surface of the skin. The moxa material is compressed within a stick or pole that can be lit. After it is, it will produce a unique form of very penetrating heat.
The burning moxa stick is held over specific areas that can correspond to specific acupuncture points (but not always is this the case). The stick is held an inch or two above the surface of the skin until the area underneath it reddens and becomes infused with warmth.
As a result, patients tend to feel a sudden flooding of warmth that quickly travels through a specific pathway away from the site of application. This result is ideal as it denotes the arrival of Qi and how the flow of Qi and xue have been freed into the pathway.
Moxa therapy is primarily used for:
Some benefits of moxa therapy:
A lot of the time acupuncture and moxa therapy are used within the same clinic session. This is only when it is appropriate to the healing process as sometimes the therapies can increase the other’s effectiveness when simultaneously used.*
Along with health benefits, the process of burning moxa can, to some patients, be very comforting. Supplied with warmth ad scent, the process can create an aura of deep relaxation.
However not always will the smell of moxa therapy be for everyone. There are smokeless varieties of moxa, however, the preferred form of it produces a lot of smoke when burned and the lingering odor can smell somewhat like marijuana. Clinics are well equipped with good ventilation and air purification systems so as to combat the odor that comes with the burning of moxa.*