Women's Health

Moxibustion for Overall Women’s Health

When you talk about Chinese medicine, the first thing that comes to mind is acupuncture. But, in fact, acupuncture is just one part of the complex and thousands of years’ old world of Chinese medicine. The concept of healing in Eastern medicine is to heal the cause of the problem. Band-Aid solutions are frowned upon because under this philosophy. Real healing is not achieved if the cause is not addressed.

The Basics of Moxibustion

One treatment that is closely related to acupuncture is moxibustion, a technique that uses the herb mugwort to speed up healing. Moxibustion is usually used side-by-side with acupuncture. While the latter focuses on targeting pressure points that are connected to different organs and nerves of the body, the former further increases the power of healing by applying heat to the pressure point. Moxibustion is said to be an effective method to balance ”qi,” which pertains to one’s overall health.

Why is acupuncture more popular than moxibustion?

The reason why moxibustion is not as popular as acupuncture is because some states prohibit this treatment. The cause for concern lies on its burning method, which many medical practitioners find unsafe. However, this prohibition does not stop some followers to travel to other states to get treatment.

What should you expect from the treatment?

Moxibustion is not for the faint-hearted, though. You will feel a tinge of pain every time a mugwort is burned, and the pain can be long-lasting even days after your treatment. It can also leave heat marks on your skin that can last for up to a week.

What is moxibustion used for?

This treatment is used for many ailments, but it is highly recommended for the following illnesses: pain that is caused by arthritis or injury, digestive problems, obstetrical problems, and low immune system. Not much research has been done on moxibustion compared to the wealth information available for acupuncture, but many clients swear by its positive effects.

Safe practice of moxibustion from a licensed professionalIs moxibustion safe for children?

Although it is effective, it is recommended for those at least 12 years of age. It is because children’s tolerance is always lower than adults’, so it is best that people are ready for the treatment before it is conducted.

Who can conduct moxibustion?

For acupuncture, licensed practitioners like the one located in Midtown, NY are the only ones who can do the treatment. It is highly illegal in all states for any unlicensed person to conduct acupuncture. However, for moxibustion, it can be done at home. The problem, though, is some states prohibit this treatment and so, no one in the prohibited state can sell its implements. You have to travel outside of a specific state to get the treatment.


Moxibustion is a useful technique used in Chinese medicine to balance one’s “qi.” It is usually used with acupuncture because both promote targeting pressure points. However, you must know what to expect because it is a more painful procedure compared to acupuncture. The treatment will leave marks on your skin even up to one week. If unsure, consult a licensed Chinese medicine practitioner for advice.

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