Moxa a dope smelling tool of the trade
Yesterday in clinic I used a fair amount of moxa, by the end of the day I smelt like one big moxa stick myself!
Time and again we are asked “What is this Moxa stuff you use and why do you use it”
Moxa is derived from the Mugwort herb the leaves are dried and it is worked into like a fluffy type substance. This can be used directly on the skin, or needles or further compressed into sticks and rolls.
We use it to get an energetic warmth into an area which helps to promote the flow of Qi and Blood.
Lets look at an analogy of cold being applied to water, the colder it is the more solid it becomes until there is virtually no movement. Add heat to ice and it warms it so the water can move again. When you connect this to an old Chinese medicine expression “Without movement there is pain, with movement there is no pain” it hopefully starts to make sense. Essentially if Qi and Blood move pain eases, which is exactly what Moxa does.
Because of the impact it has on Qi and Blood we think of it as a tonic, in that it strengthens weaknesses and imbalances in the body.
Alongside needles it is a great tool to have in our Chinese Medicine Kit. You can see the different types of way we use Moxa here.
There is a lot more to Moxa than meets the eye, but I think this is all good for starters.