Moxa Heat Therapy

艾灸 Ai Jiu

Indirect moxa
Moxibustion is the use of burning herbs to apply heat to points. It is thought to pre-date the use of needles and still enjoys great popularity in both its traditional form and using a wide range of modern tools. It is such an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine that the common name for acupuncture, 针灸 Zhen Jiu, means needle-moxa therapy.

It is applied by holding a cigar-shaped stick close to the area, placing cones directly on the skin a short distance away to prevent burning, inserted into a massage roller or a box to warm a large area, or positioned on top of needles to send the heat deeply into a point. Modern clinics also use infrared "TDP" lamps too.

Direct moxa

"Warm needles" with moxa in a basket

An infrared TDP heat lamp