Traditional Chinese healing practices have introduced various techniques for human well being. Moxibustion is one of the few acupuncture techniques that has shown promising results.
Moxibustion is another traditional Chinese medicine practice, which involves the burning of small spongy herbs called mugwort, to improve healing. This technique has been widely used in Asia for over thousands of years. As a matter of fact, acupuncture and its characteristics have been literally translated into acupuncture moxibustion today. The purpose of this healing technique, as with other forms of Chinese medicine, is basically to strengthen the flow of Qi and blood in the body in order to maintain general good health.
Moxibustion is basically a heat therapy in which some dried plants (moxa) are used. The basic premise of this treatment is to create warmth and invigorate proper flow of energy in the body while dispelling pathogenic influences.
How does Acupuncture Moxibustion Work?
There are 2 different types of acupuncture moxibustion practiced by acupuncturists today – direct moxibustion and indirect moxibustion.
Direct moxibustion involves the use of moxa in a cone-shaped form, which will be placed on top of the acupuncture point, or meridian, and burned. There are further two sub categories of this type of acupuncture – scarring and non-scarring. Scarring moxibustion is a procedure in which the moxa will be placed on one point, ignited, and burnt completely. This may causes localized scarring and blisters. Non-scarring moxibustion, on the other hand, is done by placing moxa on the acupuncture point and lit, but the moxa is extinguished or may be removed before the skin starts burning. As a result, patients don’t experience scarring or blisters.
Of late, indirect moxibustion has become a popular choice because this technique involves lesser risk and burning. Acupuncturists will light one end of the moxa stick that looks like a cigar, and hold it closer to the point that needs to be treated for a few minutes until that area becomes red. Likewise, the same procedure is done by inserting needles into acu-points and moxa is ignited at the top of the needle to generate heat.
Benefits of Moxibustion Acupuncture
In Chinese medicine, the technique of moxibustion is used for treating stagnation, the same way as regular acupuncture. However, moxa is burned in moxibustion acupuncture, which is believed to be more of a comprehensive technique that expels warm and cold meridians, and eventually leads to much smoother flow of Qi and blood throughout the body.
Moxibusiton has successfully helped women in their pregnancy. Reports reveal that it actively helps women before childbirth and keeps the bladder as well as other meridians in place. It is a great aid for obstetrical and gynecological obstructions.
Moxibustion acupuncture may be also used for treating arthritis or injury pain, especially one which affects the cold patterns of the body. It is an alternative healing therapy for irregular bowel movements and digestive problems. In addition, it also protects people against flu strains and cold. As acupuncture practitioners, we specialize in both acupuncture as well as moxibustion in Singapore. In AcupunctureSg’s clinic, we offer the most comprehensive alternative therapies and treatments you are looking for.
Different Mediums of Acupuncture Moxibustion
While moxa is one of the primarily used herbs for moxibustion, there are many other mediums too. Moxa, or mugwort, is a well researched herb that increases energy and blood circulation to the body, including the female organs. Along with moxa, moxibustion is also carried out using herbs like ginger and garlic. Experts also use salt, aconite and pepper for this procedure. Depending on the complication of a patient, we recommend the necessary acupuncture moxibustion procedure to be performed at our AcupunctureSg’s clinic in Singapore.