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Moxibustion or Heat Therapy

Moxibustion or Heat Therapy

Moxibustion or Heat Therapy

Artemisia Vulgaris or Mugwort is applied topically and warmed over the affected area or energy point to facilitate healing.

Clinical trials prove that moxibustion works as an analgesic by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammatory cells to relieve pain.

It has been proven to regulate the activity of the body’s immune system cells, protecting the body from viruses and bacterial infections.

This form of Therapy is also commonly used in fertility and menstrual disorders as it stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.



Types of moxibustion

There are two types of moxibustion: the traditional herb Ai Ye which is moulded into a small cone and lit and the modern smokeless moxa sticks.

The burning of mugwort generates a lot of smoke, which affects people with a sensitive respiratory system and won’t set off smoke alarms. Instead, I use a smokeless moxa that does the same job without the side effects. I don’t practise scarring moxibustion, which scars the skin due to excessive heat.

Because the moxa stick has to be held by a person, only one acupuncture point can be stimulated with heat at one time, unless you have an army of people all holding moxa sticks. For this reason, I use infrared heat lamps instead to pour heat into a group of acupuncture points in one go.

Health benefits

Today, It can also help with the side effects of chemotherapy. Traditionally, it is used to treat colds as moxibustion is a form of heat therapy. Clinical trials have shown that it can be of benefit during labour. No, moxibustion is not painful. You will just feel a pleasant sensation of warmth, which doesn’t hurt.


Moxibustion is safe when used properly. Not paying attention to the moxa stick, not holding it with two hands or looking away can cause the end of the moxa stick to touch the body, which causes burning to the skin.

Moxibustion doesn’t have any side effects, is not painful, just a little warm so is quite comfortable. However, if the moxa stick is left in one place for too long, it can cause burning of the skin and scarring. Burning moxa, the traditional smoky type could make an alarm to be triggered.



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