Moxibustion or Moxa
Moxa is a natural warming therapy which increases circulation and healing. The medicinal herb mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is burned in therapeutic proximity to the body. Moxa creates a healing warmth and natural resonance which deeply penetrates tissues and enhances acupuncture.
The heat is wonderful, penetrating and strong, and increases circulation and the movement of energy (or “qi”) in the body. I use a “smokeless moxa stick,” which is a large, condensed incense stick that I wave in safe proximity to the body. Needle moxa is another technique. Both transfer warmth deeply into tissues and invigorate specific points.
In the 1970’s, a Japanese study discovered that moxa burns at 900 angstroms per second (angstroms measure the vibrations of chemical processes). The human cell was discovered to vibrate at 600 – 900 angstroms per second.
Therefore, moxa induces vibrations in cells at their highest levels of vitality, enhancing the healing capacity of soft tissues.
This special warming technique increases metabolism, vitality and circulation within your system.