Moxibustion is another form of Traditional Chinese Medicine where practitioners apply a moxa stick over a specific pressure point or an area of the body showing deficiency. Moxa sticks are made of a combination of Chinese herbs and wrapped up like a cigar. The main ingredient used in moxa is dried mugwort.
There are two ways of applying moxa. Some practitioners may burn the moxa fluff on top of ginger slices and place them over specific pressure points to stimulate blood and energy flow to the area and unblock stagnation. Other practitioners may light one end of the moxa stick and apply the heated end to a specific acupressure point, with or without acupuncture needles.
Practitioners claim moxibustion to be effective in treating chronic conditions caused by energy deficiency, weak organs, coldness or dampness.
Moxa is not suitable for patients suffering from heat-related issues, and is usually employed by practitioners in colder weather, rather than in Summer.