Moxibustion (Moxa) in Santa Barbara

Moxibustion is an ancient oriental healing technique which involves burning the herb mugwort (Moxa) to gently warm acupuncture points in order to make your constitution stronger, or to heal pain in a specific area. Moxa is burnt like a cigar and held above the skin, which results in a pleasant warmth that deeply penetrates the tissue to stimulate, energize, and focus healing energy into specific acupuncture points.

Part of the reason moxibustion works so well for pain is that it increases blood flow to the painful area, which acts as an analgesic and promotes prompt healing. It is especially effective in chronic pain where incredible results are seen.

Moxibustion Benefits

•    Strengthens Immune System
•    Increases red and white cell counts
•    Stimulates hormone production
•    Improves blood circulation
•    Invigorate energy flow (life force healing)
•    Anti-inflammatory
•    Analgesic

Conditions that Benefit

•    Muscle Pain
•    Muscle Weakness
•    Chronic Pain
•    Fatigue
•    Anemia
•    Rheumatic Pain
•    Arthritis
•    Fertility, Infertility
•    Asthma
•    Diarrhea
•    Vomiting, Abdominal Pain
•    Chemotherapy
•    Gynecological Disorders

What is Moxibustion?

Moxibustion, is a therapy utilizing the mugwort herb. Mugwort is aged and then ground into a fluff, then put into a stick that resembles a cigar. The herb has energetic healing properties.

What does Moxibustion do?

Moxa supplements the ‘force’ that, on the micro level, makes activity happen in our bodies, and on the macro level makes us feel vital. Moxa at specific places on the body is said to prevent disease.

Moxibustion Application

I burn the Moxa cigar and hold it near to, but not touching your acupuncture points. Heat and energy from the smoke are transferred indirectly into points. The skin will absorb the “essence” of this herb, which is highly beneficial.

How does Moxibustion work?

A recent paper by Chinese researchers hypothesizes that moxa works because the mugwort plant, when burning, emits infrared energy at specific frequencies.  (Other plants, when burned, don’t emit infrared energy in those healing frequencies).

Immune System Benefits

The meridian point at the bellybutton is Spirit Gate; a sacred place. The navel is the place of most intimate connection with our mothers. Only moxibustion is used at this point, not acupuncture. The Immune System is stimulated here and in other acupuncture points.

Longevity, Health Preservation Moxibustion

The Chinese have been researching various anti-aging and life-extension strategies for several thousand years. One of the most enduring methods that is still agreed upon today throughout various Asian cultures is moxibustion at several points on the body.

Immortality Moxibustion

Moxibustion specific acupuncture points can lead to immortality. One famous doctor of ages past lived to be 97 reputedly by applying moxa to a leg acupuncture point, the first eight days of each month. (In the days where lifespan was 25-30)

Call Patricia Pilot L.Ac. to book your moxibustion (moxa) treatment today. (805) 636-6522.


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