Moxa is an extremely popular therapy in modern clinical settings in China, Korea, and Japan. TCM practitioners burn the moxa indirectly with acupuncture needles, stick-on moxa charcoals, or moxa sticks held above the treatment areas. To apply directly, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is burned on the acupuncture point on the skin. At Asiana Wellness, we administer only indirect moxibustion, unless the patient has experienced the direct technique and requests it specifically.
Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. Bian Que, one of the most famous ancient Chinese doctors and the first specialist in moxibustion, discussed the therapeutic benefits of moxa in his Bian Que Neijing (Internal Classic of Bian Que, c. 300 BCE). He asserted that moxa could inject new energy to the body and could treat multiple conditions.
Although moxibustion has been safely practiced for thousands of years, it should not be used on everyone. In traditional Chinese medicine, moxa is used only on patients who have external or internal “cold” conditions, and for this reason, it is critical to seek a licensed TCM practitioner who can properly diagnose the condition of the patient before administering the appropriate moxibustion technique. With the treatment, the patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not feel any pain.