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 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.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is very safe when practiced by a trained, qualified practitioner. When practiced correctly, there are no side effects and no practitioner caused disease. If a patient reports side effects from a Oriental Medical treatment, the practitioner modifies the treatment until there is healing without side effects. This medicine is about restoring balance to the entire person, not just a piece or part. Side effects mean that there is an imbalance which needs to be corrected. The practitioner works until these imbalances are gone. This also might mean getting other practitioners on board as well to address things that are outside the scope of Oriental Medicine.