Guidelines for Using Moxa
Moxa is a plant (Artemisia argyi Folium) that is used as a heat source to stimulate acupuncture points. The moxa you have been given as part of your treatment is in the form of a moxa stick and has been compressed into a cigar-like roll that is ideal for use at home.
- Using a lighter, candle, or gas stove, light the end of your moxa stick. If there is printed paper on the outside, you’ll want to remove this first. Lighting the end of the stick may take a few minutes. Once it’s lit it should glow much like incense.
- Hold the lit end about an inch or two from the designated area. It should feel pleasantly warm, not too hot. The moxa stick should never make contact with the skin.
- Warm the area or point using circular movements for the amount of time specified by your acupuncturist. The moxa will produce ash, so tap into an ashtray, mug, or ceramic dish as to not allow ash to fall on skin.
- When finished, seal your moxa stick in a glass jar, depriving it of oxygen so it stops burning. Your moxa stick can be used multiple times.