Other Moxa Methods

Other Moxibustion Methods and Techniques

Moxibustion on ginger

The application of moxibustion on a piece of fresh ginger as an insulating medium, also called ginger moxibustion.

Moxibustion on salt

The application of moxibustion on salt as an insulating medium, also called salt moxibustion.

Moxibustion on garlic

The application of moxibustion on a slice of fresh garlic as an insulating medium, also called garlic moxibustion.

Gentle moxibustion

A type of moxa-stick moxibustion, performed by holding an ignited moxa stick at a certain distance above the patient’s skin, keeping the spot warm and making it reddened but not burnt.

Circling moxibustion

A type of moxa-stick moxibustion, performed by keeping an ignited moxa stick at a fixed distance from the patient’s skin, but moving it in a circular direction.

Pecking sparrow moxibustion

A type of moxa-stick moxibustion, performed by putting an ignited moxa stick near the patient‘s skin, and moving it up and down like a bird’s pecking so as to give strong heat to the applied spot.

Suspended moxibustion

A type of moxa-stick moxibustion, in which the ignited moxa stick is held above the skin.

Pressing moxibustion

Moxibustion performed by placing several layers of cloth or paper on the spot, and then pressing the ignited end of a moxa stick on the cloth or paper.

Juncibustion

Moxibustion performed by applying a quick momentary touch to the point with a piece of ignited oiled rush.

Taiyi moxa stick moxibustion

A special moxa roll made of sandalwood, notopterygium rhizome, cassia twig, dahurian angelica root and other medicinal herbs, used for the treatment of wind-cold-dampness arthralgia, abdominal pain of cold type and dysmenorrhea.

Thunder-fire wonder moxibustion

a type of medicinal moxa roll including Chinese eagle wood, common aucklandia root, frankincense, and other medicinal herbs, used for treating maladies such as cold and pain in the epigastrium and abdomen, rheumatism and dysmenorrhea.

Medicinal moxibustion

Moxibustion with the moxa cigar made of moxa and various herbal medicines.

Warm needling therapy

a therapy involving warm needling moxibustion.

Electro-moxibustion

Electrical thermal stimulation used in place of moxa.

NOTE: The terminologies and definitions of moxibustion methods are adapted from WHO International Standard Terminologies on Traditional Medicine in the Western Pacific Region, published by the World Health Organization in 2007.