What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion is a technique that involves the burning a specific herb to facilitate healing. The purpose is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain general health. Sophie uses different types of moxibustion including direct moxa and indirect moxa, otherwise known as Kyotoshin.

Direct Moxa

In Japan over many centuries, a technique was developed of burning tiny ‘threads’ or ‘cones’ of moxa directly on acupuncture points without burning or scarring the skin. This technique uses a specially refined moxa that burns at a relatively low temperature, so it is safe and transmits a pure quality of heat into the acupuncture point.

Indirect Moxa (Kyotoshin)

Indirect moxibustion blends both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the acupoint and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished, and needle(s) are removed.

During this type of acupuncture, a patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring.

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