La Jolla San Diego Moxibustion
Moxibustion is a form of traditional Chinese medicine which uses the plant “moxa” and heat to promote better health through the strengthening of the blood and facilitating the flow of life energy called qi. In particular, the mugwort plant (A.argyi or A.vulgaris) is burned near, or right on, the surface of the skin. This type of alternative medicine has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. Amorah Kelly is pleased to offer La Jolla San Diego Moxibustion treatments for those who seek holistic healing.
Moxibustion can be done in a number of ways but they fall into two categories: direct and indirect.
As the name implies, direct moxibustion is achieved by placing the moxa directly on the skin and lightening up the moxa. Dried moxa is ground and shaped into a cone or plug shape. If the moxa is removed before it completely burns itself out, then it is called “non-scarring”. This method allows the patient to get the full effect of moxibustion without blistering or scarring the skin.
Another method is to leave the moxa cone on the skin and allow it to burn until it extinguishes itself. This may cause scarring and is called “scarring moxibustion”.
In the USA, most people prefer indirect moxibustion. Here, the moxa is dried, ground, and molded into a stick similar to a cigar. One end of the moxa stick is lit up and waved over the surface of the skin. Indirect moxibustion should not leave any scars or blistering since the skin is never in direct contact with the fire.
Another form of indirect moxibustion is achieved in combination with acupuncture. First, an acupuncture needle is inserted at the acupoint, then dried moxa plant is wrapped around the exposed end of the acupuncture needle. The plant is ignited and allowed to burn until it extinguishes itself. Again, the embers are not in direct contact with the skin so scarring should not occur.
Benefits of La Jolla San Diego Moxibustion
Moxibustion is often used for people who have stagnant or sedentary constitutions. The burning of moxa produces heat which expels coolness from the meridians. Once heat is added to the area, it allows for better blood circulation and qi flow.