Acupuncture and Moxibustion

How Heating Works to Move and Free Your Bodies Energy

By Paul J.O'Brien
B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Adv. Dip. OBB, Cert Clin. Med. M.AFPA, M.ETCMA, M.C.Th.A.


Acupuncture and Moxibustion involves burning an herb called mugwort or “moxa” directly on or above acupuncture points, and is perhaps one of the most propular treatments I offer in my clinic. Soothing and deeply relaxing, Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy can be used in a number of ways to produce a profound relaxing heat. It can be hovered above the point to provide a light stimulation or piled on small cones or threads above a point on a slice of ginger to create a stronger heating effect. Like acupuncture on its own, Moxibustion, or moxa for short is used for wide variety of disorders and is effective in relieving many conditions. While needles can move energy and build or “tonify” (strengthen) the organ systems of the body, moxa is a way to actually add energy into the body’s system.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion therapy produces a sensation of heat and sometimes redness around a particular area, but it is not painful, in fact it has a deeply relaxing effect. In fact one of the most requested treatments in my clinic is moxa rolling. This is where I place the moxa inside a small brass tin, which then becomes soothingly warm. I then roll this tin along the area of treatment like the lower back. This is incredibly relaxing as the warmth of the moxa tin spreads along the muscles producing a deep soothing heat that unwinds tension and calms the mind.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion therapy enhances treatment and often allows the practitioner to use fewer needles than would be required without the use of moxa. Children respond especially well to Moxibustion therapy, and moxa can often be used in place of needles with young kids.

This is an excellent treatment for chronic fatigue, menstrual problems, digestive disorders, arthritis, anemia, muscular pain and more. To give you a more direct example, one of the most interesting moxa techniques is used in extreme cases of diarrhea. To relieve this condition, the acupuncturist puts salt in the navel of the patient as they lie on the couch, and places a cone of direct moxa on top of this. The salt protects the skin and conducts the heat well. This technique is very effective and relieves and regulates the large intestine's re-absorption of water immediately.

Finally one of the most famous preventative moxa therapies and one I teach to many of my patients is to do indirect Moxibustion (where a moxa stick is hovered over a point) on Zu San Li (Stomach 36), a point on the lower leg. Zu San Li means "Foot Three Miles" and increases endurance, digestive power, and stimulates the immune system.

If you are suffering from chronic fatigue, menstrual problems, digestive disorders, arthritis, anemia, or muscular pain I strongly encourage you to consider Acupuncture and Moxibustion therapy to relieve any pain and discomfort and to release any blockages in your body.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Acupuncture and Moxibustion Therapy or wish to start a course of treatment then please feel free to contact me or make an appointment where we can discuss any specific concerns or questions you may have.

Ready to get started? Great. Call my clinic at 087 901 9627 so we can discuss your needs and set up the first appointment.

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