Thank you to our guest blogger, Michael Jamlang, Certified Acupuncturist, on the Traditional Chinese Medicine technique of Moxa:
Introducing the Humble Moxa
Moxa traditionally is made from of a single theraputic plant called Ai Ye or Mugwort in western phytoceutical terminolgy. Taken internally in a Chinese herbal formula, it has the ability to warm the limbs and abdomen and mediate pain. Most times, the Ai Ye leaves are dried and rolled into a cylinder about an inch in diameter to form what's called a moxa stick. The moxa stick is lighted on one end to burn slowly and is put close to the skin to provide a comfortable penetrating heat that also has the ability to warm the limbs and abdomen and mediate pain. Moxa therapy can be taken by itself but is often a soothing part of an acupuncture treatment.
Indications when moxa warming may be appropriate:
Cold hands and/or feet
Cramping in abdomen
Tight, aching muscles and back
Inability to concieve
Indigestion and/or bloating
Overactive bladder or bedwetting in children
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