The moxibustion is a combination of heat and herbal therapy. In China the moxibustion is called "Jiu" (pronounced "Tschio»). Jiu means "burning" and describes the heating of the acupuncture points by a punch from Mugwort herb (= Moxa). Mugwort herb can be formed good. It smoulders slowly and releases the heat evenly. Even the pleasant smell contributes to the effect of the treatment.
The skin can be heated directly with a "moxa cigar». It involves rolled Moxa that looks like a cigar. Another method is to heat an acupuncture needle through an attached Moxacap.
- calms the spirit of life to alleviate insomnia.
- relieves stress.
- distributes wind and cold. The defenses of the body will be strengthened and disturbances distributed.
- brings yin and yang into balance.
- preserves the balance of the spleen and stomach, which has a positive effect on digestive disorders.
- combats cold in the stomach.
- acts to prevent flu and colds.
- promotes blood circulation.
The Treatment with Moxibustion
In Europe, the indirect moxibustion is preferable. Although the patient feels the heat of the burning Moxa herbs on the skin, he does not suffer burns. In China, they also use direct moxibustion. Direct Moxibustion can cause burns and scarring.
A frequently used form of indirect moxibustion is the moxa cigar: During 10 to 15 minutes the TCM specialist helds the ciggar towards an acupuncture point. With this gentle method the skin is heated but not burned. Another method is the Moxaneedel: The Moxa is placed and ignited on a acupuncture needle stuck in the skin. Thisway the acupungture point can be heated precisely.
In indirect moxibustion no side effects are to be expected when used correctly.