Treatment – Moxibustion

Moxibustion (known as “Moxa”, for short): A heat therapy that has been combined for centuries with acupuncture. Ground Mugwort plant leaves are used either directly (on the acupuncture needles) or indirectly (surrounding the area being treated) to conduct heat into the muscles and areas of pain or discomfort in the body. This induces the smooth flow of Qi (“vital energy”) and Blood.

I had been having trouble with my back for years, especially my the lower back region where I had actually shattered two discs in a sporting accident almost twenty years ago. As a result, every now and again, while playing tennis or working out in the gym, I would strain the muscles in that area and it would end up feeling very stiff and sore. Two years ago I decided to go to Maria for some treatment and it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made regarding my health and fitness! Maria used a combination of acupuncture, moxa and deep muscle massage (Tui Na) on my back, focusing on the injured lower back region in particular to great effect! I can honestly say that the problem has been resolved! I have not had any pain in my back since the treatment, no matter how much tennis or how much time I spend in the gym every week. I can highly recommend Maria to anybody with similar problems. You will be astounded by the results, as I was I’m sure!” – Mark

Moxibustion (moxa) is a warming technique used to warm the body if it is, in terms of Chinese Medicine, Cold, Damp or deficient of Yang. There are different ways of applying moxa. In the where a moxa stick is used, this stick may be “smokeless” or it may be “smoking”. The stick is usually held over the needle or the area that needs to be warmed. This is known as indirect moxa. The practitioner may use moxa cones on the needle. This is known as direct moxa or “hot needle technique”. Another form of direct moxa is where a moxa cone is placed on the skin. With fertility patients, if the lower abdomen is cold, a moxa box may be placed on it to warm it.




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