What is Moxabustion?


Moxabustion or moxa burning employs lighted herbal cones or sticks that are inserted on top of acupuncture needles (or held over specific channel points) to infuse heat and Qi into specific body areas for tonification.  Moxa is also used to expel Cold in order to disperse Blood stagnation or is used to help regulate menstrual cycles when trying to conceive.  

How often can I receive acupuncture?

Acupuncture is very gentle. You can receive acupuncture treatments daily. For chronic and long lasting conditions, more frequent visits increase effectiveness. At the beginning of treatment the practitioner will recommend coming once a week. However, if you are able, more times in a week will produce quicker results. Once you have achieved your goals with acupuncture, maintaining what you have accomplished is also recommended. For health maintenance many people come once every two weeks or once a month. Ultimately, you need to decide what level of care you are willing to commit to.

How many treatments will I need?

Different conditions need different amounts of time to see a result. Treatment length varies on how long lasting and severe the condition is. If you have an acute or minor condition that has not been present for very long, usually 3 to 5 sessions will produce a result. More entrenched, chronic diseases usually need 10 or more sessions. If it is a life-long problem it could need maintenance for the rest of your life. Length of treatment also depends on how severe the problem is for you. On a scale of 1 to 10, if a problem rates a 5 or less, you could probably see relief in 3 to 5 sessions. If you rate a problem at 5 or higher, it will probably take 10 or more sessions. For chronic conditions, our practitioner likes to aim for 5 sessions and reevaluation at that time. It is usually evident by the 5th session whether acupuncture is working for you or not. If it is not, our practitioner knows of other practitioners who may be beneficial to you and is happy to recommend.