Moxibustion is a component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is a treatment that entails the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to hasten healing. It has been used in China and other parts of Asia for millennia. The actual translated Chinese character for acupuncture, means acupuncture-moxibustion. Moxibustion enhances blood quality and flow, helps in the normal flow of chi and safeguards health. There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small mass of moxa is set on an acupuncture point and burned. Direct moxibustion is subcategorized into two: scarring and non-scarring. Scarring moxibustion is about setting the moxa on a certain point, burned and left on the point until it burns itself out. This usually leads to scarring after healing. Non-scarring moxibustion involves placing the moxa on the area of treatment, ignited but removed before it sears the skin. Moxibustion stimulates a pleasant sensation that goes deep into the skin. Indirect moxibustion is used more often obviously because of lower chances of being burned. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights a moxa stick, and sets it close to the involved area for several minutes until the area turns red. Indirect moxibustion can also be done with acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupuncture point and the end of the needle is enveloped in moxa and burned. The heat travels to the needle into the point causing a relaxed and pleasant sensation in the body. When the desired result is attained, the fire is extinguished and the needles removed.
Moxibustion treats cold or stagnant conditions. The fire of the moxa takes away cold and warms the meridians, helping achieve a smoother blood and chi flow and balancing the heat and cold imbalances in the body. Moxibustion is also effective in pregnancy complications. It is effective in enabling breech babies to turn into a normal head-down position. Moxibustion is known to expand the uterus thus widening the area of movement of the fetus. It also helps alleviate menstrual cramps when used in combination with traditional acupuncture Orlando. Mugwort aids in the enhancement of blood flow particularly in the pelvic area and uterus allowing nourishment of the ova, making the eggs healthier and helping achieve regular menstruation. Although moxibustion is widely regarded as a safe form of TCM for thousands of years, there are people who may not benefit from its use. Since it is indicated in TCM for use on patients suffering from cold factors, it is contraindicated for use on patients suffering from heat excess. Burning moxa may induce an aromatic smell but with others who have respiratory problems the smoke may be too much unless the practitioner uses smokeless moxa sticks as a substitute.