Moxibustion is a medical procedure of both traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine that stimulates acupoints as a way to promote the human body's ability to recover itself. Professionals assert that the radiant heat generated by the burning herbal plants permeates the body, in which it is supposedly to revive the flow and balance of vital energy. It is a procedure that involves the burning of specific herbs at acupuncture points. Nowadays, moxibustion is often employed alongside acupuncture for problems which range from asthma to arthritis with great results. To perform moxibustion, you should have moxa sticks, or moxa cones, matches and a tray to hold the ashes. Moxa is a bastardization of the Japanese term “mokusa”, which accurately signifies, “burning herb.” You will notice an extensive degree of difference in the various moxa types along with pre-made moxa products.

Moxa Cones

Moxa cones and moxa wool includes the herb mugwort and can be purchased from herbal stores. A cone shaped moxa produces really mild and resilient heat. It is made of hard pressed moxa wool in order to form a cone. The burning up of one moxa cone is known as one Zhuang. The moxa cone is positioned over the acupoint determined in performing the desired moxibustion. Moxa cones come in about three sizes. The tiniest is most likely the exact same size as a grain of wheat, the medium size is around half of an almond, and then the largest is similar to the size of the upper section of the thumb. Moxibustion with moxa cones is a choice between direct or indirect, dependent upon whether or not there is something between the moxa cone and the skin. The two smaller cones are often employed for direct moxibustion, while the largest is intended for indirect moxibustion.

Moxa Sticks

Chinese traditional bundled moxa rolls or sticks can be used for indirect moxa heat therapy. Moxa sticks are often more easy to use than moxa cones because they are longer and can be kept conveniently in your hands. The moxa stick is regarded as the standard material by which moxibustion is applied to promote healing. During the process, the dried mugwort is rolled up securely and wrapped up creating a cigar-like stick. Mulberry barks are often used as wraps for moxa sticks because they also provide certain healing benefits. Commercial moxa sticks can be obtained from Chinese herbal stores. The moxa stick is placed around one half inch from your skin, even though this could differ from person to person. Moxa sticks can be used on a point where an acupuncture needle has been implanted. The practitioner or medical doctor places a finger near the point being stimulated in order to keep an appropriate level of heat and also to secure the patient from being burnt eg by dropping ash. The moxa stick is usually utilized to treat a deficiency of 'yang' energy within the body. It is the yang energy which controls motion and heat, and a scarcity of yang leads to cold signs or symptoms.