The name of this ancient treatment is derived from the main herb used to administer moxibustion. The mugwort plant (scientific name: Artemisia vulgarise or Artemisia argyi) provides the “moxa” which is a fine wool made out of its dried leaves when ground and sieved. These are rolled into sticks and cones used for burning during the treatment. The purpose of moxibustion is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. The practitioner at Kashuda Cupping Therapy practices indirect moxibustion. The moxa cone or cigar is lit with an incense stick and held above the skin thus avoiding contact with the skin altogether, but close to the skin providing mild heat to induce dilation of blood vessels. Moxa has a tonifying and warming effect which promotes movement and activity. The radiant heat produced has the effect of stimulating the acupuncture point.
- stimulates blood circulation and the flow of Qi.
- improves the natural healing responses of the body.
- relieves stress.
- promotes movement and activity.
Moxibustion is often used as a complementary treatment along with cupping. It is preferred that cupping be done in addition to moxibustion. The patient may feel very hot close to the targeted point which is normal. There is a small inconvenience associated with moxibustion: the smoke and odour. You will not be considered fit to undergo moxibustion in the near future if you are frequently experiencing hot flashes or night sweats; have diabetes; if you suffer from respiratory disorders or if you are allergic to smoke. Please be forthcoming about any allergies you may have.
Please inform your practitioner if you have pace-makers, thrombocytopenia, haemophilia, pregnancy, anaemia, active tuberculosis, are menstruating or bleeding out of menstruation due dismenorrehea, have had vomitting or diarrhoea the previous three days, are fatigued due to strenuous work or stress.
Cancer patients will only receive cupping therapy only if recommeded by their physician who knows the patient’s history. In general, if you suffer from a debilitating disease that needs immediate attention, do not subject yourself to any alternative treatment forms, including cupping, as the sole form of treatment.