Moxibustion Therapy FAQs
What does a moxibustion treatment feel like?
People who receive moxibustion treatments frequently describe a feeling of warmth flooding over them and heat radiating along the meridian that’s the focus of attention. This feeling means that qi is flowing freer and faster, which accounts for many of the positive benefits of moxibustion.
Does moxibustion produce odors?
Because there is burning of the mugwort herb involved in moxibustion, there is an odor associated with it. Some people liken it to cannabis (marijuana). We always perform moxibustion treatments in a room with good ventilation for this purpose.
Is moxibustion ever contraindicated (not recommended)?
In a few cases, moxibustion may not be the treatment of choice for you. Avoid moxibustion if:
You have ever had a previous allergic reaction to mugwort, moxa, or a moxibustion treatment
Moxibustion makes you feel nauseous or causes vomiting
The smoke from a moxa stick causes coughing, respiratory problems, and/or a sore throat
Your physician advises against it
You have an adverse reaction to moxibustion not listed above
Before undergoing moxibustion treatments, always consult with your physician or birth practitioner if you are pregnant. If you’re not sure if you have a health condition that would make moxibustion contraindicated, please check with your healthcare provider.
Who can perform moxibustion treatments in Coronado, San Diego? Peak Health! Call us today!
If you are having moxibustion treatments using acupuncture needles, these sessions should always be conducted by a qualified acupuncture professional like Brittany Durkin, who has been trained in the administration of comprehensive traditional Chinese medicine. Some midwives and other birth specialists are now getting trained in acupuncture to assist their pregnant patients and may administer moxibustion treatments to reverse breech presentations, as described above.
Initial moxibustion treatments without needles should also be done by an acupuncturist who is familiar with moxibustion and TCM. However, in some cases, your acupuncturist may instruct you on how to perform moxibustion without needles at home so that you can experience more frequent treatments at your own convenience. The acupuncturist may give you a moxa stick, which resembles a cigar, to use for these home sessions.
We welcome your questions about Peak Health Group’s alternative health options, including acupuncture and moxibustion. For more information or to schedule an appointment, feel free to reach out today.