Moxa polls are available at Sage.
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Moxibustion (Moxa) is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of Artemisia Vulgaris to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been utilized for thousands of years throughout Asia and is used by practitioners around the world today.
There are many conditions that moxibustion has been used to treat including optimal positioning for labor. Moxibustion initiates a nonspecific healing reaction that can have effects throughout the body. This hormetic response utilizes the body’s innate healing mechanisms, such as the release of prostaglandins, that may encourage optimal positioning for labor.
Moxa on the outside of each baby (the fifth metatarsal) toenail for 15-20 minutes, 2 times per day. This should be combined with acupuncture treatments approximately every 3 days for 10 days.
- Start by lighting one end of the stick in the flame of a candle. The lit end should not have a flame. It should glow and feel pleasantly warm when held an inch or two from the skin. You want to feel a nice, soothing heat.
- Hold the lit Moxa about an inch from the area to be treated. Never touch the lit end of a Moxa stick directly to the skin. Slowly move the stick over the area being treated until it feels pleasantly warm.
- Remember to ash your Moxa stick frequently, by scraping the ash off the lit end of the stick. This prevents any accumulated ash from falling onto the skin and keeps the lit end hot.
- When it is time to extinguish the Moxa, it is best not to use water. Simply drop the lit end into an empty mason jar and screw on the lid. Moxa takes a while to cool down, even after it is no longer burning, so never touch the tip until you are sure it has fully cooled.
- The moxa poll may be re-used.
It is common to feel fetal movement during or after a treatment and often the most activity occurs around days 5 and 10.
Good pelvic posture is recommended. This includes keeping your knees below your pelvis when at all possible. You can also try sitting on your calf muscles with your forearms resting on the floor and your head on your arms. Spending time walking and kneeling on all fours is also recommended. We suggest 5-10 minutes of gentle pelvic rotations or rocking motions on all fours two or three times per day.