Moxa Season and Moxa Heat Packs

As we head towards winter, one way to strengthen our Qi is with the use of moxibustion, which is the burning of the herb Artemesia vulgaris ( mugwort Ai Ye). November is fall moxa season, during which time moxa can penetrate more deeply than usual into the “Life Gate” or Ming Men (aka Lower Dan Tien or the lower belly) because it is open during this time. This is great for preventing illness by strengthening your system. February is winter moxa season, another time in which we get extra benefits from moxa.

Moxa strengthens the constitution and immune system, builds Qi and Blood, increases the energy and circulation of the whole body, can help pain due to cold and damp, and can soften lumps.

Plus moxa feels great. In addition to the traditional way of applying moxa, which is to light a moxa stick or cone and warm the skin at particular acupuncture points, I have been using moxa heat packs. Moxa heat packs are activated by shaking and squeezing the pack – once it is warmed up you can apply it to your low back or belly, or other areas – when you are done you put it in a jar with a lid. The next day you can take it out and reactivate it. You can get about 15-20 hours out of these – and once they no longer self-activate, you can heat them in a microwave.

My clients are loving these. I just ordered a few more boxes, so let me know if you want one (or two). They are $4 each – or you can buy yourself a box of 10 online.

I also do Japanese moxa treatments which involve treating acu-points with little moxa cones. I recommend this for clients who haven’t regained their energy back after being sick, or for those who have chronically low Qi or fatigue. Usually I do it as an add-on to acupuncture or Zero Balancing sessions for $20. If this interests you, let me know and we can talk about if it is an appropriate for you.

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