Needles are not the only form of treatment acupuncturists use. Another form of treatment is called moxibustion (also known as 'Moxa' which is a herb called mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris, Ai Ye). Mugwort has an ancient history in folk medicine. It is believed that the romans planted it alongside roadsides to make it freely available for travellers to place it into their shoes to relieve aching feet and exhaustion. It also gets its name from the Greek moon goddess Artemis, a patron of women, and is a wonderful herb for the treatment of many gynecological conditions. Moxa is used traditionally in Chinese Medicine because of it's acrid, spicy odour which is believed to make it able to travel through all of the body's acupuncture meridians to regulate QI ( energy) and blood and to expel cold conditions. Such conditions might vary from a painful joint or a cold lower back ache and in these cases the moxa produces a strong heat with a penetrating effect.
One of Moxa's active components, borneol, is commonly used in topical therapies for it's analgesic effects.
Moxa is a form of fire heat treatment that stimulates specific acupuncture points of the body. A small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned on the skin; it can also be placed on or around a needle. Direct or indirect moxibustion is a traditional technique considered to be very therapeutic. Moxa along with acupuncture can be very effective for many diseases and conditions including back pain, muscle stiffness, headaches, migraines, tendonitis, arthritis, digestive disorders, anxiety, and female health problems such as menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and infertility. Moxa is generally not recommended for patients with diabetes, decreased sensitivity to pain, who are on certain medications or who have any other conditions involving compromised circulation or a weakened immune system.
Patients experience deep relaxation and pain relief when moxa is used and often fall asleep during moxibustion treatments.
Follow up appointments
NHS and emergency service workers are entitled to a discount on all treatments.