Moxa is applying heat into body in order to promote healing process. Traditionally, Chinese uses the leaf of a plant called Mugwort to make moxa cones. Moxa is very popular technique in China to strengthen physical body and maintain healthy.
Moxa treatment in general includes two types of technique. One is called “indirect moxa” and another “direct moxa”.Indirect moxa technique applies the moxa on top of a media, such as a slice of garlic, or a slice of ginger, or a thin herbal cake remedy, or salt. The heat will go through the media into body. Indirect moxa will carry the therapeutic action into body along with heat. Another method of indirect moxa is using moxa stick. There are smoke and smokeless two different types of moxa sticks available today. After moxa stick is lighted up, just heat up the affected area over the skin. It is the most safe way of doing moxa with moxa stick.
Second, direct moxa applies burning mugwort directly on skin, which can heat the point very quickly. When patient feels the hot sensation, practitioner will remove the moxa quickly from skin.
Both techniques of moxa can tonify qi and yang and warm the body to expel cold pathogen. Many Chinese are doing moxa regularly to strengthen immune system and maintain healthy.
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