What is moxa made of?
The herb material used is mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris, Ai Ye) an invasive weed, which grows in many climates, including Western North Carolina. Mugwort has a long history of use in folk medicine. It is believed that the Romans planted mugwort by roadsides to make it available to travelers to put in their shoes to relieve aching feet and protect them from exhaustion. Maybe this is because of its ability to enhance the movement of qi and blood.
Mugwort gets its botanical name from the Greek moon goddess Artemis, a patron of women, and is a wonderful herb for gynecological conditions. In Chinese Herbal Medicine it is used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding and uterine bleeding and to increase blood circulation to the pelvic area to treat menstrual pain. Moxibustion (applying heat near the skin) has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position before childbirth.
Any type of heat applied to the body can increase the flow of qi and blood. Heat lamps, heating pads, or warming liniments can give a similar effect to moxibustion. But the heat combined with the powerful healing properties of mugwort gives moxibustion a proven advantage.
Mugwort is used because of its acrid, spicy odor which makes it able to travel through all of the meridians, regulate qi and blood, and expel cold. One of mugwort’s active components, borneol, is commonly used in topical therapies for its analgesic effects. Other explanations for the use of mugwort, as opposed to some other herb material, is that it grows easily in many places, and burns slowly.
Ingredients: Mugwort Wool
Directions for use: Light 2 Moxa and place on spikes inside Moxibustion Cushion, place cover on top and either sit, stand, lie on back or stomach to heal various meridians in the body , ensure to remove all clothing from the parts of the body you wish to treat. Keep room where treatment is being administered well ventilated due to the smell of smoke. Remember the amount of Moxa used is dependent on personal comfort.
The more Moxa the hotter it gets, start light and work up if necessary.
54 pieces per pack ( brass holder not included)
N.B In order to use Moxa , its required to order Moxibustion Cushion as well.