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What is Moxa? And, why do we use it?

Zhen Jiu Shi – a literal translation is “acu-moxa practitioner”

  • Moxibustion is an Oriental Medicine (OM) therapy that consists of burning dried mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris), also called moxa, on or near particular points on the body.
  • This practice plays an essential role in the traditional medical systems of the East (China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia).
  • The herbal suppliers generally age the mugwort and grind it to a fluff. Then, practitioners will shape the fluff into a cone, ignite it (like incense), and place it on the appropriate area of the body. They can also make it into a cigar-shaped stick to use indirectly, near the surface of the skin or wrapped around acupuncture needles (warm needle technique).
  • Moxa, when placed on acupuncture points warms the channels and body regions.
  • This technique allows the flow of blood and qi to move freely in the body, which moves the cold out and eases pain and discomfort. Moxibustion, in a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998, has also been found to be highly effective at turning a breech baby.