Moxibustion is a modality used alongside acupuncture and herbal medicine in order to help with pain and issues stemming from cold and deficiency in the body. Like acupuncture, it dates back thousands of year. Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa sticks or moxa cones (made from leaves of the mugwort plant) close to the skin, so that the heat generated from the burning of moxa is absorbed by the treatment area, along with its medicinal properties, while direct burning of the skin is avoided. It can be effective for chronic pain including pain from injuries and arthritis and is usually more effective than only using acupuncture needles or even the use of a heat lamp. It is also used in treatment for fertility in order to increase circulation and warm the reproductive organs in order to improve their functioning.
We use a smokeless and odourless moxa which is effective, but doesn’t leave tar or a heavy odour in your hair or clothing, when contrasting with regular moxibustion practices. We are also one of the only acupuncture/TCM clinics in Newmarket that offers this classic modality. If you’d like to try it out, please mention moxibustion when booking an acupuncture initial consult or follow up visit.