Moxibustion: What is it? What is it for? Indications and Contraindications

It is a Chinese therapeutic technique, which is based on the same principles and knowledge of energy meridians in acupuncture and shiatsu worked together.

Moxibustion treats imbalances through the application of heat points in the human body, helping to eliminate and clean energy blockages and restore healthy flow.

The moxa is prepared from the artemisia (Artemisia vulgaris and artemisa sinensis), a common perennial herb. Its aromatic leaves are washed, dried, crushed and sieved several times until they soften and become a uniform mass, similar to a vegetable cream. After this preparation can be molded in different ways, for use: as wool, pressed (toothpick), spiral, adhesive (cones), thin laminate (cigarette) with resin coating (earphone), without smoke (with coal), aromatic (with charcoal). The most common are the form of canes and cones.

Nowadays it is no secret that nature heals and balances everything, where plants have the strength and power. The history of traditional medicine began with the use of plants and roots. With the evolution and technological progress it has been encapsulated and transformed through a chemical process, and sometimes it even destroys the true energy potential of the plant, even so it remains one of the most used application and treatment models.

In Moxibustion the heat is extremely acute and is very effective when there are problems in the circulation, to regulate body temperature and humidity, in addition when there is Yang deficiency. When applied to acupuncture points on specific disabilities, the body absorbs heat to quickly recover the Qi (energy) of the body and the Yang source of all the heat and energy of the body “ministrial fire”.

The application of the moxa directly on the skin (direct method) must be extremely thin, so it can be kneaded and molded with the hands in small cones, which must be firm and not undo, of indirect use (do not touch the skin ) It is not necessary to be thin, as it is tightly wound in a special paper of about 15 cm long, you can add other dry plants, so as to form a “tobacco”, which is what will heat the points or body areas.

The moxauma technique widely used in China today is the burning moxa, which is used to heat large areas of the body and for longer, the moxa is placed in a tubular instrument, the moxa combustion section is left at a distance from Skin and heat is transmitted directly. Moxibustion as with all therapies that use these methods must be a little careful and precautions that any professional should know.

Moxa acts as a powerful disinhibitor and great muscle relaxant of fast effect. In cases of: menstrual cramps, inflamed sciatic nerve, tendinitis, bursitis, rhinitis, bronchitis, rheumatism, migraines and other conditions.


  1. Regulate Qi and blood.
  2. It helps in anemia, stress, mental and physical fatigue.
  3. It opens the twelve channels (meridians) of main power.
  4. Strengthens convalescence, chronic weaknesses (fatigue) by obstruction of cold and humidity.
  5. It expels cold and humidity, and work disorders.
  6. Minimizes the discomfort of aging and promotes healthy longevity.
  7. Transmit minimalist perverse energy.
  8. Increase the power of defense.
  9. Realinea gynecological disorders and sexual disorders.
  10. Help treat problems such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies.
  11. It is also beneficial in digestive disorders such as abdominal pain, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting.
  12. It helps the cauterization of warts.
  13. It helps in the relief of diseases of the osteoarticular system, arthritis, spinal problems.
  14. It can be applied in situations where it is not possible to use needles.

Contraindications of Moxibustion

Its use is not recommended in:

  • In the treatment of problems related to fever.
  • Traumatic injuries to the skin.
  • In cases of psychological problems.
  • Close to the genital areas, nipples, scalp and face.
  • In children, their application must be carefully evaluated by professionals.
  • In very unhealthy people.

As a curiosity

The word moxibustion seems to be a term derived from the old Portuguese and Japanese Mechia Mogussa. We must remember that the Jesuits and the Portuguese had influence in various parts of the East, China, Japan, Malaysia, India and specifically in various parts of China and Japan, which resulted in the word being used instead of Mechia Jiu, since this technique resembles a burning wick, and in Japan, when a Frenchman was learning the technique, by asking the Japanese what it was, he replied that an herb used by the Japanese was used instead of Artemisia Mulgaris. The French do not understand Japanese, tried to give it a name in French, combustion, hence the term has been extended as moxibustion, which is the sum of mochia + combustion. Currently Japan is the largest producer of Moxa.