Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medical therapy made up of dried Chinese Mugwort herb. This therapy has been used for thousands of years in fact,the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.”
The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate blood and qi flow, drain dampness, strengthen the body, and maintain health. There are two types of Moxibustion:Direct and Indirect. The least popular Direct Moxibustion is where a small cone shape of moxa is placed on an acupuncture point and burned but removed before it burns the skin.The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring. Indirect moxibustion is the more popular form and the most widely used in the US as there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. The most common procedure is with the use of a moxa stick. The Chinese Mugwort is rolled into a cigar like stick and held and an inch or two above an acupuncture point until the patient feels the point get hot.
Moxibustionis an essential part of the acupuncture process. When seeking out a Chinese medical practitioner it is important to find a licensed acupuncturist who uses all the aspects of Chinese medicine.
Moxibustion is usually taught as part of a qualified acupunctureor traditional Chinese medicine degree program. Although there are no licensing or accreditation requirements associated with the practice of moxibustion, in the United States, a practitioner must have an acupuncture license to be allowed to perform moxibustion.