Moxibustion uses various formulations of the herb mugwort to warm specific body areas of the body.
When speaking about moxa it is always associated with acupuncture and the modalities are known as Acupuncture & Moxibustion rather than just one or the other as it is done in the west today.
Moxibustion or simply moxa is a heating technique which is applied to a point or certain locations of the body to prevent and treat disease.
A herb called Artemisia Vulgaris a species of Chrysanthemum is used in either loose, cone or stick form. This herb has a bitter acrid quality which creates warmth and increases the yang quality of the body fluids known as Yang (Qi) Yin (blood). Qi has a moving quality and moves the blood thereby regulating any stagnation of these fluids.
Moxa is used in many different ways and is used primarily for cold and pain conditions.
DIRECT MOXA CONE ON A POINT
Indications: Chronic cold deficient conditions such as asthma, diarrhea, indigestion
INDIRECT MOXA WITH GINGER
Indications: weakness of the stomach and spleen with conditions such as: diarrhea, abdominal pain, painful cold joints
INDIRECT MOXA WITH GARLIC
Indications: scrofula, early stage boils, poisonous insects bites
INDIRECT MOXA ON SALT
Indications: used for conditions abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, excess sweating, cold limbs
INDIRECT MOXA WITH NEEDLE
Indications: cold damp numbness with paralysis, frozen shoulder
MOXA STICKS HELD OVER POINT
Indications: joint pain, longevity technique
INDIRECT MOXA IN BOX
Indications: back pain, abdominal pain