Moxibustion Therapy

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy that involves the burning of dried mugwort (moxa) on or near specific points on the body. The heat generated during moxibustion is believed to stimulate the flow of Qi (energy) and blood, promoting healing and balance in the body.


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Reduce Pain

Enhance Immune Function

Improve Blood Circulation


The principles behind moxibustion align with the broader concepts of TCM, which focuses on balancing the flow of Qi (energy) in the body.

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Conditions we often see in our clinic that moxibustion can help treat. 

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Pain Management

Stop or eliminate painful conditions such as headaches, knee pain, foot pain, abdominal pain & Sciatica

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Digestive Issues

Treats constipation, diarrhea, bloating, indigestion, acid reflux, and nausea

Female Reproductive

Menstrual Issues

Regulate your menstrual cycle leading to regular periods, no cramping or pain & PMS symptoms

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Sleep Disorders

Sleep longer and deeper with Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

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Low Energy

Increase your energy and digest food better for increased vitality.


Anxiety & Depression

Feel emotionally better and more grounded with less mood swings.

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More powerful when combined


Moxibustion, a traditional Chinese Medicine therapy can be seamlessly integrated into a holistic treatment plan alongside modalities such as acupuncture and nutritional therapy. When combined with acupuncture, moxibustion enhances the therapeutic effects by promoting warmth and stimulation of energy flow.

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 Moxibustion is generally not painful. People may feel a warming sensation during the therapy. Practitioners adjust the intensity based on the patient’s comfort.

Moxibustion is used to address a range of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, digestive issues, gynecological disorders, and immune system support. It is often chosen based on the individual’s TCM diagnosis.

Yes, moxibustion is frequently combined with acupuncture to enhance the therapeutic effects. The synergy of these modalities is believed to provide comprehensive benefits.

While some forms of moxibustion can be self-administered, it is generally recommended to seek the guidance of a qualified practitioner for personalized and safe application.

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Moxibustion: Igniting Healing with the Warmth of Ancient Wisdom

In the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the therapeutic practice of moxibustion shines as a radiant beacon of holistic healing. Rooted in centuries of tradition, this remarkable technique involves the burning of dried mugwort herb to stimulate specific points on the body. This article unveils the essence of moxibustion, exploring its principles, benefits, and the warm embrace it offers to those seeking natural wellness.

The Essence of Moxibustion: Moxibustion, often referred to as “moxa,” is a complementary therapy closely aligned with acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It shares the same foundational principles, focusing on the balance and flow of vital energy, or Qi, throughout the body. Moxibustion aims to invigorate and harmonize Qi by applying heat to specific points, enhancing circulation and promoting healing.

“Moxibustion, where the embers of ancient wisdom meet the body’s canvas, kindling a dance of warmth that ignites the pathways of healing within.”

Key Aspects of Moxibustion:

  1. Mugwort Herb (Artemisia vulgaris): The dried leaves of the mugwort plant are used in moxibustion. When burned, they produce a fragrant smoke and heat that penetrate the body’s energy pathways.

  2. Heat and Qi Flow: Moxibustion’s primary function is to warm and stimulate the body’s Qi and blood flow. By doing so, it can alleviate blockages, reduce pain, and enhance the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

  3. Different Methods: There are two main methods of moxibustion – direct and indirect. Direct moxibustion involves placing moxa directly on the skin, while indirect moxibustion uses a barrier like ginger or salt to prevent direct contact with the skin.

  4. Variations: Moxibustion comes in various forms, including moxa sticks, cones, and even refined forms like moxa charcoal. Each offers a unique experience and therapeutic effect.

Benefits of Moxibustion:

  1. Pain Relief: Moxibustion is particularly effective in treating chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, menstrual cramps, and muscle tension.

  2. Digestive Health: Moxibustion on specific points can help regulate digestion, alleviate bloating, and promote a healthy gut.

  3. Immune Support: The warming effects of moxibustion can strengthen the body’s immune response, helping to ward off illness and maintain overall well-being.

  4. Turning Breech Babies: In obstetrics, moxibustion is sometimes used to encourage breech babies to turn into the correct position for childbirth.

  5. Emotional Balance: Moxibustion’s calming and grounding effects can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote emotional well-being.

Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Healing: Moxibustion’s roots trace back to ancient civilizations, but its relevance hasn’t faded with time. In modern times, this technique has gained recognition and acceptance within complementary and alternative medicine circles. It’s often used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance its therapeutic effects.


Holistic Harmony: Moxibustion is more than just a technique – it embodies the holistic philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Its gentle warmth serves as a reminder of the intricate dance between nature and the human body, encouraging harmony and balance to flourish.

Conclusion: Moxibustion, with its soothing warmth and profound effects, offers a unique gateway to the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As the mugwort’s gentle embers illuminate the pathways of the body, they invite individuals to embrace the healing potential that lies in the union of fire and earth, tradition and modernity, and the body and the spirit.

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