Wild Roots offers moxibustion in Kamloops, BC.

The original Chinese term for what we today call acupuncture is zhenjiu: which refers to both needling (zhen) and moxibustion (jiu). These two ancient practices are essential parts of one fundamental approach to treating disease and maintaining health.

Today, compared to the popularity of acupuncture, moxibustion is often considered a secondary practice, but no less important.

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion, often called moxa, is the practice of burning herbs — traditionally mugwort — near or on the surface of the skin, often, though not always, corresponding to certain acupuncture points.

This heat therapy directs blood flow and qi to an area, bringing warmth and circulation to the local tissue, which then:

  • Relieves pain,
  • Warms, and
  • Stimulates healing.

According to Chinese theory, moxibustion dispels cold pathogens and/or warms the yang, which is the heat and vitality that already exists within us.

We are warm blooded creatures and the invasion or development of cold patterns in the body will constrict, slow, weaken, numb, and devitalize the body. By using a directive heat therapy like moxibustion — of which there are many different types — we can bring back the light, stoke the fire, warm the channel and lift the essence. Where there is cold, pain or weakness, we use moxa.

What happens in a Moxa session?

There are many different forms of moxa used in clinics today — even smokeless moxa to accommodate for offices buildings and scent sensitive folks.

The moxa is put in close proximity to the skin and stays near — within the persons comfort — until the area is slightly reddened and sufficiently warmed. People generally report feeling comforted and relaxed during and after a moxa session.

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