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Moxa is part of the healing practices Chinese medicine has been using for thousands of years. Here I have changed its use for you to use as easy home help in most pregnancy situations.
Moxa is my therapy of choice for nearly every ‘high risk’ pregnancy.
This is because moxa frees any congestion/stagnation. This is especially so in the pelvis, where all the angst and life repression is held. Hence any pain or swelling or fat/fluid buildup.
Where it has to be released in order for the placental flow to be optimal and where any congestion has to be undone in order for easy birthing.
It also builds up the inner strength to assist digestion, circulation and holding every aspect of yourself in place – especially the baby.
What is moxa?
The Chinese word for what we call acupuncture is means ‘needles/moxa’.
Moxa is a substance is made from the dead and aged leaves of a plant (Artemis Vulgarus).
The process of burning it either as a stick (looking much like a cigar) over acupuncture points, or on the needles in acupuncture treatments was far more likely to be experienced decades ago when smoke detectors were not common and when everyone smoked in offices. Clean air has changed the face of moxa use.
This means that your local acupuncturist may not use it, or may use ‘smokeless’ moxa.
Moxa is usually found in a roll similar in appearance to a cigar. It is lit at one end — it does not flame, but smoulders. The heat it generates helps move the energy through a major energy meridian/channel, allowing all the structures around the heated area to relax.
This is particularly helpful in late pregnancy to help relax mum and the entire abdominal load/structure, or when the person is feeling tired/achy.