What is Moxibustion?
The practice of moxibustion is derived from Chinese medicine. Moxibustion is a form of therapy that entails burning an aromatic medicinal plant, traditionally mugwort leaves used in clinics worldwide in various forms. The heat produced by the burning moxa helps stimulate these points or energy channels to improve the energy flow in the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine practices, increased energy circulation can help with various health issues, from chronic pain to digestive troubles.
How does Moxibustion work?
This technique enhances the therapeutic healing potential of treatment when combined with acupuncture or cupping. The heat from the moxa is used on a particular acupuncture point or an energy meridian to improve microcirculation and relieve stiffness, muscle pain, and discomfort.
To achieve the best results, this form must be used in conjunction with appropriate traditional Chinese techniques. Moxa is also used to increase blood circulation and remove toxins from an affected area. It works to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore the vitality of the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys and intestines.
Moxibustion has gained popularity for being an alternative way to help with breech pregnancy complications. This happens when a baby is positioned feet-first in the birth canal, making the birthing process much more difficult. A lot of supportive research justifies the effectiveness of the practice making it a very result-oriented solution for late labour or wrong babe positioning.
What can Moxibustion treat ?
Moxibustion has been applied in treating various health conditions. Some reference literature published from 1954 to 2007 in China showed that up to 364 kinds of health conditions can be treated with moxibustion.
The most proper indications of moxibustion therapy are pregnancy complications, muscle injuries, Diarrhea, and other digestive issues. Common conditions treated with moxa therapy include knee osteoarthritis, temporomandibular joint syndrome, heel pain, asthma, urinary retention, and herpes zoster or soft tissue injury.
Moxibustion from John Tsagaris
In modern practice, smokeless, mechanical or electric moxa is used as a complementary tool to facilitate healing.
John Tsagaris uses smokeless or electrical moxa to treat musculoskeletal or digestive issues in combination with acupuncture, cupping or electroacupuncture to deliver a result oriented treatment.
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