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Kathrine Harker
R.G.N.,Lic.Ac., M.BAc.C, BSc. (Hons)

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Treatment

Kathrine Harker



How Moxibustion Works

Moxibustion is an old traditional Chinese healing method that involves the burning of mugwort which is a small herb and is used in conjunction with needling treatment, where appropriate. This method has been in use in Asia for over 3,000 years and the purpose is to stimulate the flow of Qi which will help to strengthen the blood and maintain general health.

Moxibustion involves placing small amounts of Moxa over a local Acupuncture point and then igniting it. The patient experiences a pleasant warming sensation locally that penetrates deep into the body systems.

There are several variations of Moxibustion including

  • Lighting a Moxa stick and holding it close to the treatment point.
  • Applying Moxa directly to the skin and igniting with a lighted taper.

Is Moxibustion Painful?

Indirect Moxibustion is not painful as a treatment and patients usually find that it is relaxing and sometimes invigorating. The burning of the Moxa gives out a fragrance that many people find to be a very pleasant aroma.


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