The word Moxa (or Mogusa) means literally “Burning Herb”
Moxa – Kanji: 艾 Hiragana: もぐさ
The practice of moxibustion has been around for thousands of years and is inextricably linked to the practice of acupuncture & East Asian medicine. It was described in the ancient medical text the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine) which dates from approximately 1200 BC. It offers a way to give energy to the body in a way that is difficult to achieve with the use of needles alone.
The species of moxa used in our products are Artemesia Montana and Artemisia Princeps pamp. Japanese moxa is especially known for its effectiveness as an antipyretic, insecticide, diuretic, and as a hemostatic agent. In TCM practice, the leaf Ai Ye is used to warm the channels, stop bleeding, disperse cold, stop pain, dispel damp, and stop itching. Qing Hao, another Artemesia, clears summerheat, clears fire from deficiency, cools the blood, stops bleeding, and addresses malarial disorders.
As a topical application moxa is able to boost the immune system, increase circulation, stop pain, warm the channels, dispel damp, and calm the Shen. Moxa is also great for disinfection of the skin and the air via the medicinal smoke.