Moxa is a Chinese Herb made of Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris, Ai Ye 艾葉) used to treat Yang deficiencies in the Liver, Spleen, and Kidney which can cause coldness in the body, especially during cold and damp weather. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Moxa’s attributes are bitter, acrid, and warm in nature.
Typically, you will see Moxa in the form of a stick and it’s colour black like charcoal. It is administered by burning the edge of it near the skin to trigger certain meridians of the body by applying heat to regulate qi and blood, and expel cold.
The practice of Moxibustion is quite similar to acupuncture and are traditionally used together in treatment. Although they are effective individually, their true strength is when combined. Heat lamps, heating pads, or warming liniments can give a similar effect to moxibustion but the heat combined with the powerful healing properties of mugwort gives moxibustion a proven advantage.
Common symptoms that Moxibustion is used for are:
- Chronic pain and muscle tension
- Inflammation and swelling
- PMS, menstrual pain, menopause
- Pregnancy support, breech baby
- Increase blood circulation
- Allergies and asthma
- Lingering or recurrent colds and flus
- And more…
Named after the Greek moon goddess Artemis, a patron of women, it is a powerful herb for gynecological conditions and pregnancy. When combined with Acupuncture, Moxibustion can boost your immune system and help with sleep disorders, digestive disorders, and more.
Fun Fact: In folk medicine, it is believed that the Romans planted mugwort by roadsides for travelers to put in their shoes to relieve aching feet and protect them from exhaustion!