Friday, January 16, 2009

Moxibustion - Warming for the Winter

Moxibustion is the application of heat to a specific area of the body to treat disharmony. The herb Artemesia vulgaris (Mugwort) is burned over specific points and areas to warm the body and balance the energy, just as acupuncture uses needles. It can be done in conjunction with acupuncture, or as a treatment in itself. In fact, the Chinese character for "acupuncture" is actually made up of two characters: one for needle, the other for moxibustion: zhēnjiǔ (針灸).

In China, there is evidence of heat being used in conjunction with needling techniques over 10,000 years ago. The Nei Jing, written 100-200 BC, describes the use and origin of moxibustion:

...moxibustion originated from the north, as the northern places are shut off from heaven and earth, and where high and mountainous areas are attacked by piercing cold wind and are surrounded by much ice....moxibustion is the method of treatment.

Moxa can be used to treat many conditions, including asthma, arthritis, vomiting, diarrhea, rheumatic pain and abdominal pain. We have also found it very useful for the treament of PMS and menstrual cramps, infertility, cold limbs, back pain, and pain anywhere in the body. It can also be used to turn a breech baby, stop bleeding, and treat insomnia. Anyone wanting to experience the balancing (and warming) effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine but are wary of needles would do very well with a moxibustion treatment. it is a wonderful choice of treatment during these cold days!

Moxibustion is often used with acupuncture, especially during these cold days. It is included with no extra cost to regular acupuncture treatments ($65).

Through March 31, 2009, we are also offering moxibustion treatments on their own, for just $40 a treatment. The treatments are about half hour, and include the same intake as acupuncture treatments, in which the pulse is taken and symptoms are assessed according to Chinese medicine.

Please give us a call if you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment: (412) 381-0116. We can also be reached by email: Or visit our website:

Stay Warm!!
~ Melissa and David Sokulski, licensed acupuncturists
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