Moxa , © Eileen Zegar 2017

Moxa, © Eileen Zegar 2017

Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture points. It has been used throughout Asia for over a thousand years. Mugwort (part of the Chrysanthemum family), also known as artemesia vulgaris or ai ye in Chinese is burned directly or indirectly on the body.  

The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold by warming the acupuncture points and meridians. Moxa gently simulates smoother flow of blood and qi. The fragrant smoke and warmth is very relaxing and effective in treating anxiety.

I use the Tiger Thermie, a portable, hand held, metal device with incense-like sticks of moxa. The moxa stick is ignited, warming the chrome plated brass (stainless steel-like), spring adjustable outer cover. This device is easy to use and effective for warming and massaging small areas or points on the hands, feet and body.