What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion is one of the many forms of heat therapy used in alternative medicine. It is done with what is called a “jiu” which is derived from an aromatic plant called mugwort. It is similar in shape to a cigar and is lit up and used to apply heat to the surface of the skin. This form of heat therapy utilizes with many of the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. In practice moxibustion is applied to the meridian acupuncture points to warm up the area and promote the flow of Qi and help with blood circulation in the area. The heat produced by the “jiu” has deep penetrating powers and is able to help restore the balance of Qi and circulate blood more effectively than other common heat therapy techniques. Moxibustion has been proven to be an effective treatment for pain relief and conditions such as chronic arthritis and digestive disorders.