Chinese Medicine has a long history with many different modalities used to obtain optimal health. Depending on the patient, acupuncturists pick which modalities would best suit the condition. What we tend to use most often are: acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, herbal therapy, and dietary counseling.
Often referred to as ‘moxa’, this is a warming modality that involves the herb mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. It is burned above the skin or on acupuncture points and comes in numerous forms, including cones, sticks, or loose herb. The sticks look like cigars and are held over the skin and can treat large areas. Whereas cones are placed on the skin directly over an acupuncture point and loose herb can be used in the same way, or applied to the free end of an acupuncture needle.
Moxa is one of our favorite modalities, especially in the colder months because the warmth it generates is so penetrating and nourishing. It is great for those that have poor energy, sluggish digestion or feel chilled easily. Research shows that moxibustion increases white blood cell counts which decrease inflammation and boost the immune system.