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What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a form of therapy that involves burning mugwort leaves.

This is a small, spongy herb that is believed to improve healing with acupuncture. The leaves are burned near the skin’s surface with a stick to impart heat.

According to Chinese medicine, increasing Qi circulation can assist your body in dealing with a variety of issues, including digestive issues and chronic discomfort.

Moxibustion is traditionally believed to further stimulate the flow of vital life energy (qi), strengthen the blood and facilitate its circulation, and improve the patient’s general sense of wellbeing and health.

How Moxibustion Works

Moxibustion is performed by our qualified acupuncturists. Moxa can be applied to the body directly, on top of an acupuncture needle, or from a distance using a moxa stick. It produces a pleasant and warming sensation, and is often used to enhance the effect of acupuncture treatments.

The procedure warms specific areas of the body known as meridian points, which are identical to acupuncture points in concept. Acupoints are heated by burning compressed powdered herbal substance. The goal is to increase circulation and allow blood to flow more easily. Warmth, according to ancient Chinese ideas, compensates for the “yang deficiency” that causes cold and other problems in a person’s body.

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Moxibustion Benefits

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Moxibustion for health issues in Toronto

Whether on its own or combined with acupuncture, a moxibustion treatment can provide a number of physical benefits, including:

  • Improved blood flow
  • A boosted immune system
  • Chronic pain relief
  • Detoxification
  • Increased metabolism

Conditions Treated

Moxibustion can be used to treat various conditions, such as:

Moxibustion Treatment Procedure

The practitioner lights the cone and lets it burn slowly. Once you begin to feel heat, the practitioner removes it. Moxa can also be placed on the acupuncture needle and ignited. It burns on the needle until it’s extinguished. The heat travels through the needle to the acupuncture point.
Moxibustion is administered for up to 30 minutes in a single session, and is often combined with acupuncture or cupping treatments.
Patients who receive moxibustion commonly report a sudden flood of warmth that swiftly radiates away from the site of application along a particular pathway (usually corresponding with the jing luo channel that is being treated). This is a positive result because it indicates the arrival of the Qi and suggests that the flow of Qi and xue in the channel has been freed.
While moxibustion has been proven to be a safe treatment by years and years of Chinese medicine, it is not advisable for everyone and should only be used for its known purposes. Since moxibustion normally treats those who are afflicted with cold or stagnant conditions, people with too much heat should not use it. Also, due to the smoke produced from burning moxa, patients with lung problems should be advised by the practitioner.

Different people will see results at different times, based on their individual constitution and the ailments treated. Moxibustion has a gradual effect and is not a technique that will instantly reveal its full range of effects.

Moxibustion is frequently used in conjunction with acupuncture or cupping treatments.

Moxibustion FAQ

No. Generally, the patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, and should not experience any pain.
Mugwort is a species of plants found in Asia, Europe, and North America. It’s a plant that has been used in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Traditional Medicine. Mugwort is the herb that is burned near the acupoint.
Not really. If you are sensitive to smoke or have a breathing problem please discuss with us when booking your appointment so we can learn more about your situation and offer a personalized recommendation.
This practice is meant to be used in conjunction with acupuncture but both can be used exclusively. They both are an aspect of traditional Chinese medicine and offer great benefits.
Yes, moxibustion can offer significant benefits on its own, as well as in conjunction with other treatments and herbal therapies.

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