Moxibustion is the application of heat to acupuncture needles for the purpose of enhancing the tonifying action of a point or improving the circulation in a specific channel. It can be helpful for patients with fatigue, edema, pain due to cold exposure or patients who are generally weak.
Moxibustion can literally “chase the cold” out of the body. I used it extensively after hurricane Sandy for patients who suffered from overexposure to the cold. Their symptoms ranged from the common cold to back and knee pain to urination difficulties, anxiety and insomnia.