Moxibustion and acupuncture are used together to treat a deficiency of “yang” energy in the body.

The “yang” energy in Oriental Medicine functions to govern movement and warmth. When the energy is deficient, cold symptoms including cold hands and feet, incontinence, or loose stools occur.

Moxibustion (moxa) is a Traditional Oriental therapy, which involves the burning of specific herbs (Artemesiae vulgaris) directly on the acupuncture points.

Our clinic uses a couple of moxibustion techniques. The first technique, called “indirect moxibustion,” involves a special container which provides a barrier between herb and skin to prevent burns. The other technique used in our clinic is the “heating needle” technique, in which a roll of dried herb (mugwort) is attached and ignited directly on the head of an acupuncture needle.