Moxibustion is a type of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves burning moxa, a cone or stick made of ground mugwort leaves, on or near your body’s meridians and acupuncture points.
The resulting heat helps stimulate these points and improves the flow of qi (energy) in your body. According to TCM, this increased qi circulation can help with a range of health issues, from chronic pain to digestive troubles.
Moxibustion can be applied directly or indirectly.
In direct moxibustion, the moxa cone rests on your body at the treatment point. The cone is lit and let to burn slowly until your skin begins to turn red. Once you begin to feel heat, we will remove it.
Indirect moxibustion is more commonly practiced. It’s also a safer option, since the burning moxa doesn’t actually touch your skin. Instead, we will hold it about an inch from your body and remove it once your skin becomes red and warm.