Moxibustion is a technique complementary to the practice of Acupuncture.
Moxa is the dried form of a herb more commonly known as Mugwort (botanical name Artemisia Vulgaris). When applied to the acupoints, its warming and invigorating properties penetrate deep under the skin and activate the channels.
Acupuncture and Moxibustion have a similar effect in removing blockages in the meridian pathways.
There are 3 forms of Moxibustion application:
1. Warming Moxibustion (Okyu)
A rice grain size moxa is placed on an acupoint and is burnt directly on the skin. It is removed when warm but before penetrating to the skin surface. Generally this method is used to warm the surrounding area.
2. Direct Moxibustion (Tonetsukyu)
The application of Tonetsukyu is the same as for Warming Moxibustion but using an amount the size of a sesame seed. In this technique the moxa is burnt to the skin, leaving a pin head size scar. This method encourages antigens to the area for accelerated natural healing to the body.
3. Moxa on the Needle Handle (Kyutoshin)
The Kyutoshin, or a needle on which moxa is burnt on the handle, engenders great warming, soothing and relaxing effects. It invigorates the movement of blood, decongesting painful areas. It is effective for treating chronic chills and pain such as cases of chronic back pain, since it has the ability to warm deep and wide in its surrounding areas.