There is a tradition in Chinese medicine to use moxa to boost body and immune systems. Also for longevity and arthritis to increase range of motion and alleviate pain. It feels very good and is effective ! In my sessions the stick ever actually touches the skin. Treatment around the belly button region are effective for inflammation and stomach issues. Moxibustion has been recommended when accupuncture is not receiving desired results. Therefore the benefits of moxa are huge!
Uses for Moxibustion
According to alternative medicine practitioners, the heat generated during moxibustion helps increase the flow of vital energy (also known as "qi" or "chi") throughout the body via certain pathways (known as "meridians").
In traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating the flow of chi is considered essential to achieving health and wellness. In fact, physical and mental health problems are thought to develop (in part) as a result of blockages in the flow of chi.
Alternative medicine proponents claim that moxibustion can help treat the following health problems:
What Does Moxibustion Involve (used by acupuncturists) ?
There are two main types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. The technique most commonly used today, indirect moxibustion, often involves burning moxa (a substance created from dried leaves of the herbs mugwort or wormwood) on top of the acupuncture needle. In some cases, unlike my practice, however, practitioners may set the burning moxa over a layer of ginger, garlic, or salt placed on the patient's skin.
Benefits of Moxibustion
To date, few studies have tested the safety and effectiveness of moxibustion in treatment of any health condition.
Here's a look at some of the evidence related to moxibustion:
1) Hot Flashes
In a 2009 study of 51 postmenopausal women, researchers found that 14 sessions of moxibustion reduced the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
2) Ulcerative Colitis
Moxibustion is used successfully with patients giving birth by leading GYN Portland, ME doctors.