We use “moxa” to warm the body and to bring more Qi and blood flow to an area where there is stuck energy, pain, or where the body feels cold. Moxa is used to strengthen the immune system as well. It is an important aspect of our fertility treatments.
Often, the placement of moxa coincides with acupuncture points, which is why moxa is said to enhance the effects of acupuncture needles. A classical Chinese text about acupuncture says, “When a disease fails to respond to medication and acupuncture, moxibustion is suggested.”
Dr. Fred practices one of the safest and smoke-free styles of moxa, the use of a “Tiger Warmer”. It is a metal device about the size of a pen that is held above the skin or gently pressing into the skin to produce a warming effect on the general area.