What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a heat healing technique in traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the burning of dried mugworts, known as moxa, either directly on the skin or above specific acupuncture points. The heat generated and the therapeutic effect of the herb during moxibustion stimulates these points, facilitating the flow of vital energy or qi and promoting balance within the body.

Why Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is embraced for its ability to invigorate the body’s energy flow and restore balance. The therapeutic warmth of moxibustion can address imbalances within the body, promoting overall well-being and contributing to a harmonious state of health.

How it Works

Moxibustion works by applying moxa heat to specific acupuncture points or regions of the body. The moxa heat stimulates blood circulation, enhances the flow of qi, and promotes the body’s natural healing processes. The choice between direct and indirect moxibustion depends on the individual’s condition and the desired therapeutic outcome. Direct moxibustion involves placing a small cone of moxa directly on the skin, while indirect moxibustion utilizes moxa sticks held above the skin to deliver warmth, or attached to acupuncture needles.

What Moxibustion Can Improve?

  • Digestive Disorders: Moxibustion can be used to support digestive health, addressing issues such as indigestion, bloating, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Menstrual Irregularities: Moxibustion is often employed to regulate menstrual cycles, alleviate menstrual cramps, and address conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
  • Musculoskeletal Issues: Moxibustion may help relieve pain and stiffness associated with conditions like arthritis, muscle strains, and joint disorders.
  • Respiratory Conditions: Moxibustion is utilized to support respiratory health, addressing conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Fertility: Moxibustion is sometimes used as part of fertility treatments to support reproductive health and balance hormonal levels.
  • Fatigue: Moxibustion has shown promising results in alleviating fatigue and boosting energy levels by enhancing overall Qi circulation throughout the body.

Pain Relief with Moxibustion

One of the notable benefits of moxibustion is its result in pain relief. The application of moxa heat to specific acupuncture points enhances blood circulation, relaxes muscles, and modulates pain perception. At Happipuncture, moxibustion is offered as a natural and non-invasive option for individuals seeking relief from pain associated with various conditions.


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