Moxibustion is a type of external heat therapy, called ‘moxa’ for short. Moxa is beneficial in certain health problems. These include the common cold, digestive complaints, menstrual conditions, and fertility treatments.
Moxibustion is also well known for its ability to stimulate a breech baby to turn. According to various studies, its success rate is 69-85%!
The material used to apply the heat is a funny-sounding herb call Mugwort. This herb generates a heat sensation when rolled, compressed and burnt. It is then used to warm specific areas of the body or acupuncture points.
Moxa has a history of use throughout Asia for over 2,000 years and is usually applied with acupuncture. A patient experiences a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin.
Two mechanisms generate the benefits of moxibustion. First, it creates a therapeutic level of heat. This helps increase blood circulation and boosts the ability of the body to heal itself.
Second, moxa enhances the activity of our bodies’ defense mechanism in response to local inflammation. It does this by producing immunological responses, including increased lymphocyte numbers. This aids in the restoration of immune functions.
Moxibustion in Seattle
Depending on the person, we use moxa for the problems discussed above. Jon will work with you to develop a holistic treatment plan, tailored to you and your desired outcome.