Moxibustion is an externally applied treatment using Moxa, the herb that is commonly known as ‘Mugwort’. Moxa is compressed and rolled into a cigar-shaped herbal stick. Moxa sticks are then lit and held over acupuncture points.
On the mechanism of moxibustion effects, the generally accepted view is: when physical and chemical factors of moxa act on the acupoint receptors, the signal enters the central nervous system through the peripheral pathways and outgoes after being integrated, adjusting the nerve-endocrine-immune network and circulatory system, so as to regulate the internal environment of the body, in order to achieve the effects of preventing and curing diseases.
Studies have shown that moxa burnt over specific parts of the body can help:
- activate immune functions and increase the red and white blood cell count
- enhance lymphocyte and other natural killer cell activity
- heal wounded tissue and the revive of organs which have lost their capacity to function optimally
- lower blood pressure, reduce blood viscosity, and dilate various vessels
- detox the body
Moxibustion has been applied in treating a great range of diseases. The proper indications of moxibustion therapy are malposition, diarrhoea, and colitis; urinary incontinence and dysmenorrhea; knee osteoarthritis, temporomandibular joint disturbance syndrome, soft tissue injury, heel pain, asthma, urinary retention, weakness, fatigue, and aging related problems.
Moxibustion can combine with dry-needling to achieve a better therapeutic effect. please click here for more information about dry-needling,