Traditional Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture for patients in Bellevue, Seattle, & Seattle’s Eastside..

Chinese Moxibustion Therapy

Doctor Weiqun Miao, a licensed, board certified acupuncturist, offers traditional Chinese moxibution therapy to patients in Bellevue, Seattle, & Seattle’s Eastside.

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort (a dried spongy herb, aka moxa) to warm the body, stimulate the flow of qi and blood, relieve pain and discomfort, and promote the healing process.

Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. It is traditionally used on those who have a cold, deficient or stagnant condition. In Western medicine, it has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth.

Traditional Chinese moxibustion therapy

Moxibustion Treatment

At our Bellevue acupuncture clinic we provide two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small amount of moxa that is either cone shaped or “rice grain” sized is placed directly onto an acupuncture point on the skin, which is usually protected by a thin layer of waxy paste. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long.

In indirect moxibustion, the practitioner lights one end of a cigar shaped moxa stick, which is used for warming larger areas of the body without touching it directly. Another form of indirect moxa uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. The moxa cones are placed on acupuncture needles to warm the needle that then warms the point at which it has been placed.

Moxibustion Benefits

Moxibustion is commonly used to treat cold, fatigue, food poisoning, chronic diarrhea, infantile diarrhea, chronic gastritis, gastroptosis, uterine prolapse, infertility, dysmenorrheal, endometriosis, sperm abnormalities, abnormal fetal position, chronic bronchitis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, obesity, restless legs, insomnia, chronic nephritis, stroke, and peripheral facial paralysis, etc.