Moxibustion (Moxa) is a traditional Chinese medicine technique, dating back thousands of years, that includes burning an herb (Mugwort, artemesia vulgaris, or ai ye in Chinese) to stimulate acupuncture points on the body to facilitate healing.
Moxibustion is used to warm the body, enhance blood circulation, promote the smooth flow of qi (the body’s energy), and generate overall health and balance. The most commonly known uses are pain due to cold, menstrual cramps, breach babies.
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. Kerri uses only indirect moxa, so the moxa is never directly on the skin. The herb is burned over certain acupuncture points to create a warm sensation, and is quickly removed before the patient experiences heat or pain. The herb comes in various forms: the loose spongy herb that can be placed on salt or ginger, a formed stick stuck on the point, a formed piece placed on the needle, and a long cigar shaped form that is lit and then held closely to the point.
Not every patient is a candidate for moxibustion. Kerri will assess if moxa may be used in your care after your initial appointment.