Moxa (Mugwort) is an aromatic herb that has been used in Chinese medicine treatments for thousands of years. It is used in Moxibustion, a process where Mugwort leaves are gathered, dried, molded into varying shapes and then burned over Acu-points on the body to help stimulate and release energy. Moxibustion works on the same healing principles as other Chinese Medicine practices where the stimulation and release of trapped energy works to facilitate the body's innate and natural healing mechanisms.
Moxibustion is carried out by burning the dried moxa herb close to or on your body to warm and stimulate your vital Qi energy. It is the pungent odours as well as the warmth given off by the herb that provides its healing affect.
Moxibustion can be used to warm you up or invigorate your energy by nourishing your Qi and blood. It is often used to increase circulation, alleviate pain, re-balance body temperature, help fertility, turn babies in breech birth position, speed up the healing process and boost the immune system. This herb is also particularly effective for regulating body temperature during menopause and is also used regularly in fertility treatments. A study in 1998, published in the journal of the American Medical Association found that up to 75% of women presenting with babies in breech position had their babies rotated to normal positioning following moxibustion treatment.
Sessions typically last about 30 minutes and Moxibustion can be added in as a complimentary extra when combined with acupuncture and full massage.