Moxibustion, or Moxa for short, is an ancient heat therapy used by the Chinese to warm acupuncture points and other areas of the body. Moxa is a dried or charcoal form of the herb mugwart that is rolled into cigar shaped sticks. The research shows that the heat from the moxa penetrates deeper and last longer in the treated area than other more conventional types of heating methods, such as wheat packs. Hence, moxa is very effective at stimulating the functions of acupuncture points. Research also suggests that moxa can increase the production of red blood cells and haemoglobin, making it a perfect therapy when treating issues with reproduction as blood is the essence of life.
When moxa is used to improve fertility, acupuncture points over the ovaries and uterus are warmed to increase blood circulation to improve the availability of nutrients to growing follicles, assist with the removal of the body’s cellular byproducts and inflammation, and improve the quality of the endometrial lining. Acupuncture points on the legs are also warmed to assist with nourishing the body as a whole and improving overall fertility health.
Most of my patients, who are wanting to fall pregnant, use moxa therapy at home in between their acupuncture appointments to assist with maintaining and even improving blood circulation to their ovaries and uterus during their follicular phase (from day 1 of period until ovulation). I have found that not only do patients really enjoy using the moxa, as they find it comforting and relaxing, they love the idea that they can do more to assist their follicle growth and health with such a simple do-it-yourself therapy. Learn more about our IVF Support Program or Natural Fertility Support Program here.
Leigh is the founder and primary practitioner at Spring Acupuncture, Fertility and Pregnancy Clinic. She is a passionate and qualified acupuncturist and expert in natural fertility, IVF support, pregnancy and women’s health.
Leigh has worked many years as an Anaesthetic Technician at the Mater Mothers and Adults Hospital here in Brisbane and is currently completing her Masters in Reproductive Medicine through the University of New South Wales. Through combining her vast Western and Eastern medical knowledge, Leigh is able to assist her clients to achieve their fertility and health goals. Leigh strongly believes that through optimizing your health on a physical, physiological and psychological level you will be in the best state possible as you travel along your personal fertility journey.
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Spring Acupuncture is an integrative Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic committed to providing the best outcomes for our patients, and empowering them along their journey to optimal fertility, pregnancy health, IVF success and general wellness. We are located in Springwood, Brisbane, and are conveniently situated right next door to The Fertility Centre, IVF clinic.
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