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Moxibustion has been proven to promote both blood and qi circulation. It has been used for a number of health problems, including: arthritis, back pain, migraines, muscle stiffness, menstrual cramps, digestive problems and ulcers.
Moxibustion is a variation of acupuncture, using certain herbs –
usually mugwort or moxa - burnt on or near specific acupoints of the
body to produce a particular effect. Moxa itself has a warming effect.
Moxibustion has a 3000 year history in China and has spread all over Asia.
Historians believe that moxibustion pre-dated acupuncture and needling came to supplement moxa.
According to classical texts, moxibustion and acupuncture are complimentary, each one enhancing the effects of the other.
Moxibustion techniques are:
Direct moxibustion: A small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on
top of an acupoint and burned on the skin.
Indirect: One end of a moxa stick (shape and size of a cigar) is lit and held
a few centimetres from the skin, usually near inserted needles.
Needle Moxa: The moxa is burnt at the end of an inserted acupuncture needle.