So, what exactly is moxibustion?

Mugwort plants

Hailing from traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is the practice of using ‘moxa’—dried leaves from an Asian species of mugwort—as a holistic treatment for multiple ailments. The dried herb is usually ground into a fluff, which is either burned as is or processed further into a cigar-shaped stick. It is typically used indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burned on to the patient’s skin.

What’s it used for?

Moxa and moxibustion tools

It is very similar to acupuncture. The burning moxa is often applied to the body’s meridians and their acupuncture points. This is an excellent practice for stimulating your chi and blood flow, and useful for the treatment of the common cold, flus, joint pain, arthritis, or digestive problems. Moxibustion is also used, in some cases, to aid in turning a breech baby (unborn baby close to birth, but is feet-first instead of head-first). You can read more about moxibustion in breech births here.
Apart from it’s clinical uses, inhaling moxa’s distinctive aroma can regulate your chi and blood flow as well as warm up and remove dampness from your meridians.

Cool! But what are these ‘meridians’ you speak of?

Chinese diagrams of the meridian networks

In Chinese medicine, the meridians are networks that flow throughout the body. These are the networks in which life-energy, known as ‘qi’, travels. Qi is the central underlying principle in traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts.

What does it feel like?

Moxibustion on the back

Patients receiving moxibustion therapy usually observe a sudden flooding of warmth that radiates from the site of application. This heat apparently indicates the arrival and flow of qi.

Interesting stuff, huh? If you’re keen on getting more information on moxibustion, or you want to try it for yourself, why not ask your local Port Macquarie acupuncturist or massage therapist?

Christopher Nesbitt Acupuncture
Mobile: 0423 597 768
Address: Shop 5/48 Watonga St, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
No matter the type of pain you’re experiencing, there’s a holistic treatment at Christopher Nesbitt Acupuncture to help relieve it. In addition to acupuncture, some of their specialties include:

  • Natural medicine
  • Cupping
  • Moxibustion

Ask the friendly team at Christopher Nesbitt Acupuncture what treatments are right for you. Find them on LocalSearch.

Just want a regular massage?

Body Physics
Mobile: 0411 168 226
Address: 29 Morrish St, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
If you’re on the hunt for an exceptional Port Macquarie massage therapist, look no further! Anthony at Body Physics can provide revitalising massage therapies to suit you. Services include:

  • HICAPS (claim your health fund rebate on the spot)
  • Deep tissue, sports & remedial massage
  • Reflexology

Fully qualified, and having worked extensively with triathletes over many years, Anthony at Body Physics can help relieve pain or simply take the stress away. Find Body Physics on LocalSearch.