Moxa, Artemesia vulgaris, mugwort
Artemesia vulgaris, or mugwort, is used medicinally in many herbal traditions, but has a specific use as "moxa" in Chinese medicine to promote healing through moxibustion. Moxa is burned over the body at specific points or locations of the body to produce a warming effect that helps promote the flow of qi and blood in the body, and to facilitate healing.
What is moxibustion?
Moxibustion is the burning of the dried Artemesia plant. There are many forms of moxa. It can be rolled into tiny rice grains and placed on the acupuncture point, rolled into a ball and placed on the tip of a needle, formed into a cone and placed on the abdomen, placed in a box as a "belly warmer", rolled into a cigar shaped stick and used over a channel or acupuncture point.
What are the benefits of moxa?
The benefits of moxa are many. Moxa produces mild heat and is able to penetrate deeply into the muscles to relieve pain, warm the body and promote the flow of qi and blood. In layman terms, moxa can be used to treat:
- Pain worse with cold and damp weather
- Menstrual pain
- Digestive complaints
- Immune support
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