Moxibustion

shutterstock_92659915Moxibustion is a method used in Chinese Medicine to warm an area, to increase blood flow, relax muscles, strengthen the effects of an acupuncture point and/or boost the immune system. It can also help heal tissues, decrease swelling and prevent illness.

The method uses a stick, not unlike a cigar or incense stick, and is made with an herb called Artemesia Vulgaris (Ai Ye in Chinese). The herb may be dried or, to prevent the smoking that generally happens w/ dried moxa sticks, based in charcoal. This herb is known for its healing properties and ability to penetrate deeper into tissues of the body then other herbs like it.

By burning the stick near meridian points, we are able to increase circulation, and flow of qi. (Don’t worry, we won’t get too close!)

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