Moxibustion

 

 

Indirect moxibustion: The most popular form of moxibustion in many countries including China is the indirect form, because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick (roughly the shape and size of a cigar) and holds it an inch or two away from the skin, usually around the inserted needles to bring mild warmth to the area without burning, until the skin becomes slightly red. The intensity of the heat is adjusted according to the patient’s condition and comfort. Indirect moxa is considered to induce a gradual localized vasodilatation response. In addition to increasing the local blood flow, skillful indirect moxibustion is extremely comforting and can create a deep relaxation response.

Who should consider moxibustion?

Because fire (yang) is its central element, moxibustion is most often used to dispel cold stagnation (yin) and the conditions that arise as a result. Common problems from a Western medicine lens that may be loosely associated with cold stagnation include:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Sluggish digestion
  • Oversensitivity to cold
  • Fluid retention
  • Lowered immunity
  • Joint pain and arthritis
  • Depression and low mood

 

Cost:

Initial Visit – $95 (includes a full health history and your first treatment)
Follow Up Visits – $75

Direct billing to many insurance companies is available for patients to utilize their health benefits. Check with our office for details.

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