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how it works and what is the therapeutic technique for

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Part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxibustion is a therapeutic technique used to treat physical problems, such as muscle pain, and psychological ones, such as anxiety and depression. To clear up your doubts on the subject, check out what biomedical acupuncturist Camila Arce Nichelle (CRBM-PR 0425) said:

what is moxibustion

Camila explained that moxibustion is a therapeutic technique closely related to acupuncture. It is carried out by burning the dried herb Artemisia vulgaris. She commented that moxa works “by stimulating certain regions and/or acupuncture points through heat, rather than the traditional filiform needle.”

What is moxibustion for

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The acupuncturist explained that the technique can be used in different cases. It can complement the treatment of muscle pain, anxiety, depression and gastrointestinal problems. In addition, it strengthens immunity and would be an alternative for people with aversion to needles, who would not feel so relaxed in an acupuncture session. She added: “moxibustion promotes the free flow of energy (Qi) and blood (Xue), improving the nutrition of the organs and tissues of the body, destagnating what is collapsed, removing excesses and filling deficiencies, as indicated by the Chinese clinical diagnosis of each patient.”

Types of Moxibustion

There are two main types of moxibustion, explained by the acupuncturist:

  • Direct moxa: “It is performed by burning the herb directly on the patient’s skin, generating a burn and, while the healing process takes place, the acupuncture point is being stimulated.” Quoted Camila.
  • Indirect Moxa: “It is performed by burning the herb in sticks close to the skin (enough for the patient to feel the heat) or the herb on top of chopped ginger and garlic or coarse salt (materials that conduct heat, enhancing the effect). In this version, there are moxa stick, incense, button and charcoal. The latter does not cause smoke, so it is indicated for allergic patients and pets.” Camila explained.

Both types of moxibustion produce good results. To decide what is best, it is worth talking to the acupuncturist and clearing your doubts. Read on to find out how a session works and if there are any contraindications.

How does a moxibustion session work

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Camila made it clear that the moxibustion session is quite simple and can be accompanied by acupuncture. “After evaluation, the patient lies down and the professional performs the technique, always with the patient’s feedback to measure the heat, as each person has a level of sensitivity.” explained.

As for body parts, the acupuncturist commented that they can vary, so it is important to do the assessment first and look for a qualified acupuncture practitioner. She cited as an example: head, chest, abdomen, back, arms, hands, legs and feet. Session fees vary by region, on average from R$70 to R$200.

Do you have any contraindications?

According to Camila, “it is contraindicated in areas with exposed wounds, mucous membranes, in the abdomen of pregnant women before starting pre-partum treatment and in patients with heat conditions.”

Did you already know about moxibustion? As you can see, the technique, which comes from Traditional Chinese Medicine, can help in different situations. Always remember to have a qualified professional. Now, take the opportunity to also check out the article on acupuncture.


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