Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect, and the indirect moxa is practiced in Visit Clinic, because indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but will not experience any pain, blistering or scarring.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxibustion is used in a vast field, it especially effective to chronic conditions, like asthma, chronic diarrhea,CFS,cold extremities, weak immune system, etc.
In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the feet. Other studies have shown that moxibustion increases the movement of the fetus in pregnant women, and reduces the symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture.