-improve immune function
Moxibustion (Chinese: 灸; pinyin: jiǔ) is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried Mugwort on particular points on the body. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Tibet, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the Mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burn it on the patient's skin.
Moxibustion can be used to prevent diseases and maintain health as part of detoxification treatments to help strengthen the organs and immune system. It warms the meridians and expels cold. It can be used to promote circulation over areas of chronic pain or muscle tension.
In the U.S., practitioners generally hold a burning moxa stick close to, but not touching, the surface of the skin. In this method, the moxa material is compressed into a stick or pole, looking like an oversized cigar that can be lit and smolder, producing a unique form of very penetrating heat.
Moxibustion is a focused heat therapy which involves the burning of the herb Mugwort over specific acupuncture points to stimulate the body in a variety of ways positively. ... Most moxa will smell like marijuana when burned, and patients should be forewarned.
According to alternative medicine practitioners, the heat generated during moxibustion helps increase the flow of vital energy (also known as "qi" or "chi") throughout the body via specific pathways (known as "meridians"). In traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating the flow of chi is considered essential to achieving health and wellness. Physical and mental health problems are thought to develop (in part) as a result of blockages in the flow of chi.
Alternative medicine proponents claim that moxibustion can help the following health problems: