Moxa - Moxa Therapy is often used with Acupuncture

Moxa Therapy is often used with Acupuncture

The basic idea behind acupuncture is that the insertion of very fine needles into points along the meridians can rebalance body disharmonies. A related technique,moxibustion, entails the application of heat via a burning herb held near the needle. The primary herb is moxa or Chinese mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). It is sometimes rolled as a cigar or available as loose leaves which can easily be formed and burned in cones as needed. The Moxa can warm what is cold,circulate what is stagnant and reduce what is excessive.

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Moxa Therapy is often used with Acupuncture, as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.It originated alongside Acupuncture many thousands of years ago.

However, Moxa Therapy can also be used alone, without Acupuncture.Moxa is a Chinese herb that is burnt over Acupuncture points, and is a method of increasing heat in the body, increasing energy, and of eliminating cold and damp in the body.

Who Should Have Moxa Therapy

It is useful in a number of conditions, and in a number of cases we advise its use following a screening test using the BEST system, which has indicated low energy in the meridians. Moxa Therapy is the best way of increasing the amount of energy in the meridians, and hence the whole body.

How Is It Done

Moxa, as used by Better Health at our Clinic, and at other Clinics we visit, is used alone, without Acupuncture, and is used over the umbilicus - or belly button.

A cone of moxa is placed on the umbilicus over a thin layer of salt.The moxa is then lit and it burns slowly generating heat.The salt prevents the heat causing burns to the skin.

Moxa Therapy usually takes around 10 - 30 minutes, depending on the number of moxa cones used in the session. It is a comfortable sensation and usually very relaxing.

A course of Moxa Therapy will usually take 6 - 12 weeks, with weekly sessions.

How Effective is the Treatment

The treatment is usually very effective, but it does take time to build up its effect.
The time taken will vary from person to person, but you should expect to see some changes within the first few weeks. It will take longer to see lasting improvements, and you should realistically allow 10 - 12 weeks to assess the effectiveness of the treatment adequately.

Specific advice regarding the expected duration of treatment and the likely results will be discussed with your practitioner during your treatment session.

Are There Any Adverse Effects

The treatment is usually very relaxing. Occasionally some people with feel very relaxed, even tired and light-headed after a treatment session.In this case we usually advise that you rest after your treatment session for 15 - 20 minutes before rushing off out of the Clinic.

Other than this there are very few other adverse effects.

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