Commonly moxibustion is used for:
Various pain from injury or arthritis, specifically of 'cold' origins,
Digestive and gastrointestinal problems,
Fertility, gynaecological and obstetrics, including turning foetus to breech presentation (for late pregnancy),
Strengthen immune system to prevent common cold and flue strains.
Traditional Chinese moxa therapy is one of the integral part of the Chinese Medicine used alongside Acupuncture to enhance a treatment effects and achieve greater health benefits.
It is done by introducing heat to the surface of the body with specific combustible materials or by applying medicinal cones directly on the skin. The purpose of this therapy is to warm and stimulate the area by opening the energetic channels and in turn expelling cold pathogens.
In practice, the practitioner holds a slowly burning moxa cone close to the surface - roughly about an inch or two away, but not touching skin. The patient would generally feel a warmth sensation that is gradually increasing. Sometimes they could notice a sensation of warmth radiating along the specific pathways that are related to energetic channels.