Traditional Japanese Healing Arts Moxibustion

Moxibustion on lower back.

Japanese Moxibustion Therapy on Kauai

Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which the dried herb "mugwort" (artemisia vulgaris) is burned near the surface of the skin in order to trigger natural healing responses in the body. The use of moxibustion predates acupuncture, with records of the practice dating back many centuries B.C.

In Japan, scientists have found that the infrared radiation from burning mugwort is very similar to the natural infrared radiation in the human body. The result is that the heat from moxibustion penetrates deeply into the body, giving a warming effect which lasts for several days after the treatment. This kind of stimulation, at specific points on the body, can dramatically boost the immune system and trigger other profound effects, which include a reduction in blood coagulation time and an increase in adrenal activity.


Warming needle moxibustion.

In clinical practice, moxibustion lifts the spirits and is very effective for many types of mild depression or fatigue. For stiff or painful muscles and joints, acupuncture combined with moxibustion is one of the best treatments available. Also, moxibustion is an effective and inexpensive form of home therapy, which is easy to learn from an acupuncturist who has studied Japanese moxibustion therapy.

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