Moxibustion is a holistic, integrative treatment used to address a variety of common health problems, including cancer-related nausea, asthma, and menstrual cramps. At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, in Miami, Florida, acupuncturists Wanyun Tsay, LAc, Kimberly Hickerson, LAc, and the caring team specialize in Chinese medicine practices, including moxibustion. To schedule your appointment, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book online today.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) technique that involves the burning of moxa –– a cone or stick made of ground-up mugwort leaves. Your Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine provider places the burning moxa on or near your body’s acupuncture meridians.
The heat that the moxa gives off stimulates your meridians and encourages the flow of energy (qi) throughout your body. When qi flows freely throughout your body, you’re less likely to experience musculoskeletal pain, gastrointestinal issues, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, the team offers two types of moxibustion treatment:
During direct moxibustion, your acupuncturist places the burning moxa on your skin, directly at the point of treatment. Once your skin turns red, and you start to feel the heat, your provider removes it.
Indirect moxibustion is more popular and presents less risk. During this type of treatment, your acupuncturist holds the burning moxa about an inch above a specific acupuncture point. Slowly but surely, your skin heats up and turns red. Once this happens, your acupuncturist removes the moxa.
Moxibustion is incredibly versatile. At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, the team uses moxibustion to relieve:
The team also uses moxibustion as a preventive treatment for the common cold and seasonal flu.
Moxibustion is safe and well-tolerated, but it isn’t for everyone. Although rare, some people do experience side effects, including nausea, vomiting, sore throat, or coughing.
To ensure you get the most out of treatment, your Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine provider conducts a thorough initial consultation.
During this appointment, they review your medical history, ask you about your goals for treatment, and explain the moxibustion process. The team also takes great care to ensure you’re comfortable during treatment. If your skin gets too hot, or you experience a burning sensation at any time, make sure to speak up.
If you want to learn more about moxibustion, schedule an appointment at Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Call the office or book online today.