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Moxa therapy (moxotherapy) has been known since ancient times. It comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is based on stimulating acupuncture points with heat (hence it is also called thermopuncture).
The term “moxibustion” comes from the moxa that is burned during the treatment. It consists of dried herbs – mainly mugwort. During combustion, this herb heats not only the biologically active points on the skin. Mugwort has the ability to penetrate deeply when burned. Thanks to this, it introduces beneficial warmth to the inside of the body, warming even deeply located tissues.


Moxa – benefits.

Moxibustion is effective primarily in relieving inflammation and pain in joints and muscles caused by cold. In addition, it is also used to strengthen the body’s immunity. Thermopuncture with the use of moxa also improves the overall condition of the body, normalizing the flow of Qi vital energy and blood circulation, and increasing vitality.

The motion of stagnation.

The cold in the body can lead to stagnation of energy and blood. This, in turn, can cause pain or contribute to other ailments. Properly carried out moxibustion introduces beneficial warmth into the structures of the body. It thus moves the stagnation of energy and blood caused by cold, relieving pain and discomfort caused by the presence of cold.


The thermal stimulation of the acupuncture points is intended to stimulate the flow of the life-giving Qi energy. This allows the vital energy of Qi to circulate freely throughout the body. It reaches all organs and cells and supports their proper functioning. Thermopuncture with moxa affects the body on three levels. The deep level includes the internal organs, the intermediate level – tendons, ligaments, and the osteoarticular system, while the direct level includes the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and muscles.

Moxa – a form of a cigar.

Moxa most often comes in the form of a cigar. The most common way to use it is to hold a red-hot cigar close to your skin. In this way, the beneficial heat of the burning moxa heats up a given area of ​​the body, reaching deep into the internal structures.

Attention! The smell of moxa is very intense. It can stay in a room for up to several days. Remember, however, that smoke and fire have cleansing properties. Therefore, the intensity of the smoke and the smell of burning moxa can be treated as an additional benefit of moxotherapy. Additional for both, the person undergoing the procedure and the room where the procedure was performed. 

Moxotherapy - indications.

Indications for moxa therapy:

  • feeling cold in the body;
  • joint and muscle pain;
  • inflammations;
  • poor immunity;
  • depressed state;
  • neuralgia;
  • bedwetting;
  • urinary incontinence.

Moxotherapy - contraindications.

Contraindications to moxa therapy:

  • active neoplastic diseases;
  • hypertension;
  • heavy menstruation;
  • heart diseases;
  • high fever;
  • skin changes.

In addition, it is not advisable to heat places around the openings and mucous membranes and on the sensitive skin of the face.

Moxa therapy is not recommended for pregnant women.