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Making the Most of Moxibustion: How to Get the Most Out of This Traditional Chinese Therapy

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Moxibustion is an age-old technique from Chinese medicine that can be used to increase your health, treat certain illnesses, and alleviate pain in many different parts of the body. It has been used throughout Asia and the rest of the world for thousands of years; however, its popularity in the West has been waning over the last few decades. Luckily, there are more and more people who are becoming interested in moxibustion due to its simplicity, effectiveness, and natural healing properties.

What is Moxa

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Moxibustion can enhance acupuncture therapy.

Moxa is a traditional Chinese therapy which involves burning dried mugwort on or near the skin. The effect this has on the body is believed to be due to an increase in local blood circulation, as well as having a calming and healing effect on both mind and body.

Moxibustion therapy uses heat in order to stimulate healing. By applying moxa on certain points on your body, you can speed up recovery time and help with chronic pain.

The best time for moxibustion is right before bed, so it has time to work overnight, but if you’re not near bedtime, it’s still worth getting a session done. 

Here are some great places for moxa treatment: 

  • Your acupuncture doctor’s office 
  • A massage therapist who practices acupuncture
  • A traditional Chinese medicine clinic

Benefits of Moxibustion

Nowadays, moxa is burned on top of specific points of the body, and it penetrates through layers of fat, muscle, and skin before stimulating the point at the end. The benefits include relief from pain and inflammation caused by arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other chronic conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injuries. It is also used in conjunction with acupuncture to treat women’s health issues.

The World Health Organization reports that over 60% of people who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders and low back pain don’t improve with conventional treatments, which emphasizes how effective moxibustion is for these conditions. In general, moxibustion is used to treat many painful conditions, including chronic pain in muscles and joints. It can help a wide variety of issues caused by arthritis or other types of degenerative joint and disc disease.

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