Moxibustion is a key part of Oriental remedial medicine and can be used as a standalone heat therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions, as well as strengthening the body as a preventative measure.
One of the best known uses of moxibustion is the stimulation of an acupuncture point on the little toe to assist in correcting breech births.
Moxibustion (moxa) involves the burning of carefully picked and refined Ai Ye (mugwort leaves) for the purpose of restoring warmth and improving circulation.
Moxa has been shown to stimulate the immune system and as a heat therapy can help treat many conditions such as skin conditions, frequent illness, gynaecological pain and digestive complaints.
Moxa may be applied directly in forms such as small cones placed directly on the skin or over a medium such as garlic or ginger.
It might also be applied indirectly by a therapist as a small ball placed at the end of an acupuncture needle, a roll which is burnt above the skin surface or through tools such as brass rollers which provide heat therapy and a massage simultaneously.
Moxibustion is a safe alternative therapy in the hands of a trained practitioner at Dantian Health in Melbourne as careful attention is paid throughout any treatment to ensure only appropriate warmth and essential oils reach the skin, which prevents any burns or scarring.
The burning of moxa does produce smoke so if you have any sensitivities or breathing issues, be sure to bring this to the attention of your therapist before any moxibustion heat therapy treatment.
Consultations with the Dantian Health Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic in Melbourne are exclusively by appointment