How to Use Moxa Poles at Home - China Acupuncture Health Center in Westford, MA


Indirect moxibustion using a moxa pole is often a useful adjunct to acupuncture treatments. It is a heat therapy that patients can perform at home. If your acupuncturist has recommended the use of a moxa pole read these directions carefully. Your acupuncturist will demonstrate all the steps involved before you take a moxa pole home.

Steps:

 
1
 
Prepare a metal or china container for ash.
 
 
2
 
If the pole has a paper wrapper, remove it.
 
 
3
 
Using a lighter, light one end of the pole. Keep blowing on the tip of the pole until the tip is glowing red.
 
 
4
 
When applying moxa to an area keep the tip of the pole about one-half inch from the surface of the skin. Remember that the moxa pole generates heat and lots of smoke. If it touches the skin it could cause a blister. If this occurs, treat it immediately.
 
 
5
 
During application keep blowing or knocking the ash off the tip in order to keep the heat at a sufficient level.
 
 
6
 
Continue to apply the heat of the moxa pole until the skin turns pink. This can take from 5-10 minutes.
 
 
7
 
Reapply the moxa when skin has returned to a normal color.
 
 
8
 
In putting out the moxa pole use care and make sure it is out before leaving it unattended. Your acupuncturist will demonstrate ways to put it out safely.
 
 
9
 
Make sure you understand where to apply this heat and how often to apply it.
 
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