Moxibustion Therapy In Traditional Chinese Medicine
Moxibustion is an interesting heat based therapy used within Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat ailments and help in the healing of injuries and illnesses. Just like acupuncture shallowly inserts a needle into an acupuncture point to aid in the flow of energy through the body, moxibustion burns an herb (the “Moxa”) over the acupuncture point. Some acupuncturists may use a technique which burns the herbs over the acupuncture point while also inserting a needle in the same location. Most American acupuncturists do not actually make direct contact with the skin. The moxa is burned very near to the acupuncture point so that there is a warming sensation which invigorates the point and promotes the free flow of energy. A patient receiving moxibustion therapy will experience a non-painful warmth which radiates from the acupuncture point.
The mugwort herb is used in particular for its ability to aid circulation. Many practitioners use moxibustion as a supplemental treatment to acupuncture, using each treatment to alleviate ailments. Moxibustion is a traditional chinese therapy rooted in concepts similar to acupuncture, but some native American cultures have practiced similar herb-burning therapies. Dr. Roland Ryf specializes in acupuncture and functional medicine, and if you’re researching moxibustion therapy or other traditional chinese medicine therapies, please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ryf.