"Alternative Medicine therapies have health benefits that can often outweigh modern medicine techniques. The biggest advantage to trying these practices is that these methods don’t pose the risk for unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery do. In fact, there’s really no downside to trying alternative practices like essential oils, acupuncture, cupping, moxa, since studies show they can help improve immune system and speed up healing time without the use of any medications." - Dr. Josh Axe.
Moxa is a form of heat therapy. It is a wonderful medicinal herb that promotes warmth to the body in the area where the pain and the stagnation of energy or fluids occurred. Dried herb commonly known as mugwort is ignited and placed on or next to the skin. The healing properties of the herb and the warmth improves patient’s energetic receptivity, expel pathogens and invigorates the flow of blood and energy.
Moxa is especially useful for the treatment of pain. From Chinese Medicine perspective when cold gets trapped in our muscles and joints we experience intense pain. Moxa is placed on affected area and the heat from burning penetrates the body giving a patient great relief. Because Moxa is a healing herb that penetrates the body on much deeper level than heat from for example sauna, bath or hot pack. Moxa will benefit most patients with pain due to injury, arthritis, persons who spend a lot of time in the cold or on ice- hockey players, ice skaters Moxa stimulates the digestive system speeding up the metabolism, helps with constipation and IBS. It helps respiratory conditions especially in the cold season such as clearing the cough. Helping with breathing.
Moxa is really effective with gynecological issues, relieves cramps, helps with menstrual problems. It is also used as an immune system booster! Ancient Chinese believed that difficult symptoms that did not respond to any treatment Moxa should be put on the point between the shoulder blades and “there is no disorder that point can not treat”. Definitely worth a shot! Moxa works best in combination with acupuncture. Both therapies improve each others effectiveness when combined. Moxa can be put directly on the skin over sliced ginger, garlic or a salt barrier, also on the needle. Moxa is especially recommended for patients who experience the feeling of cold all the time. Moxa is not recommended for diabetic patients. The common points to moxa are on the trunk or extremities.