Acupuncture is one of the most popular and effective contemporary healing techniques, practised in almost every country on the globe
Moxibustion uses ‘moxa’, a soft woolly substance prepared from mugwort leaves (Artemisia vulgaris, or 艾叶 ‘Ai Ye‘). It is a specialist technique demanding skilled clinical judgement and is contraindicated in certain cases.
The moxa is placed either directly on the skin or a moxa stick is held just above it, over specific acupuncture points or areas. The herb is lit and as it smoulders slowly, a therapeutic heat permeates the skin and affects the flow of Qi (‘energy’) and blood in the area being treated.
Direct moxibustion is more commonly used for specific areas needing treatment. The practitioner shapes the moxa into a tiny cone and places it directly on to the body before lighting. The lit moxa cone is removed as soon as the patient feels any sensation of heat.
A well known and highly specific application of moxibustion is the use of moxa to turn a breech baby.
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