Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique of heating acupuncture points with a herb known as Mugwort.

The points are warmed via direct (on skin) or indirect (waved above skin) method in order to promote healing. Mugwort comes in a variety of different forms; a gold coloured sponge like substance, in a cigar shaped stick, smokeless stick or needle head (sits on top of the acupuncture needle).

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine understanding moxibustion is used to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health. The modern applications for moxibustion are:

  • Turn breech baby
  • Promote circulation
  • Repair injuries
  • Pain
  • Increase energy
  • Digestion Issues
  • Hypertension

Research References On This Page

Moxibustion for Breech Presentation

A study published in the British Medical Journal found that moxibustion at acupuncture point BL67 is effective and safe to correct non-vertex presentation when used between 33 and 35 weeks of gestation. We believe that moxibustion represents a treatment option that should be considered to achieve version of the non-vertex fetus (1).

  1. Vas J, ArandaRegules JM, Modesto M, et al. Acupunct Med 2013;31:31–38. (Link to research)