Moxibustion (Moxa)

Moxibustion is the burning of an herb, Ai Ye (Mugwort) to promote healing. Moxa is burned over certain points on the body to increase the smooth flow of blood circulation & energy. It is also used for warming in cold conditions according to Chinese medical diagnosis. The use of moxibustion is especially wonderful for gynecological issues, including the turning of babies in the womb when they are breech.

At the Zoi Clinic we utilize moxibustion in several ways that avoid burning the skin. “Moxa sticks” are held by the practitioner about an inch from the skin at certain points.We also utilize moxa boxes that burn loose moxa in a contained space, allowing the warmth and herbal properties to reach the skin. Moxa is also attached at the end of a needle and burned under supervision when it is beneficial to do so.