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Traditional Chinese Medicine is a medical system that incorporates numerous methods for treating disease and promoting wellness. One of the tools found in the toolbox of the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner is known as moxibustion (often nicknamed “moxa”).
Moxibustion therapy is a technique that involves the burning of an herb known as “mugwort” in English (Hb. Artemesia vulgaris) close to the body to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), strengthen the blood and maintain general health. Qi is translated as life energy.
A study conducted by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has determined that the use of moxibustion at specific days during a woman’s menstrual cycle can decrease pain associated with menstruation. Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation is a big problem for many women. This study used moxibustion, an accessory modality of TCM, to treat the pain associated with menstruation. The study and its systematic review showed moxibustion treatments were more effective at relieving pain only when the moxibustion began prior to the onset of actual menstruation. This is also the theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine, that it should be used as preventive care. The efficacy of using moxibustion during the premenstrual time period holds great promise for those who are debilitated by dysmenorrhea. continue reading