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Moxibustion(Moxa) Versus Tuina Medical Massage

Updated: Apr 18


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Moxibustion(Moxa) Versus Tuina Medical Massage

Moxibustion(Moxa) and Tuina Medical Massage are traditional Chinese medical practices that have been used for centuries to treat various ailments and promote overall wellness. While they may seem similar, they are quite different in terms of technique, approach, and application.


Moxa, also known as moxibustion, is a therapy that involves burning dried mugwort on or over acupuncture points on the body. The heat generated from the burning mugwort is believed to stimulate energy flow and blood circulation, increase immune function, and reduce pain and inflammation. Moxa can be applied in several ways, including direct moxa (placing a small cone on the skin), indirect moxa (holding a stick near the skin), or a combination of the two. There is also the use of inferred therapeutic lamps(ITL), which have replaced the need for burning moxibustion in modern clinics where smoke alarms are used.


On the other hand, Tuina Medical Massage is a form of Chinese therapeutic massage that involves applying pressure and manipulating the body's soft tissues to promote healing and balance. Tuina massage consists of various hand techniques, including kneading, rolling, pushing, and pulling, which are applied to specific acupuncture points or body areas.


While Moxibustion and Tuina medical massage are rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, they differ in terms of their techniques and their applications. Moxa is typically used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, digestive disorders, gynecological issues, and respiratory illnesses. Tuina massage, on the other hand, is often used to treat musculoskeletal disorders, sports injuries, emotional stress, and digestive issues that a patient may present with.


In terms of effectiveness, both Moxa and Tuina have been shown to have positive therapeutic effects. Moxa effectively relieves pain, reduces inflammation, increases circulation, and improves immune function. Conversely, Tuina has been shown to improve blood flow, reduce pain and muscle tension, and improve flexibility and range of motion.


Moxa and Tuina are valuable and effective traditional Chinese medical practices offering unique benefits. Moxa is a therapy that involves burning dried mugwort to stimulate blood flow and circulation, while Tuina Medical Massage utilizes massage techniques to promote healing and balance. While they may differ in technique, both Moxibustion(Moxa) and Tuina have been shown to improve overall wellness and promote better health. Moxibustion(Moxa) is generally not used as a standalone treatment but in conjunction with acupuncture and or Tuina massage. If you want to learn more, click the link below. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post. If you have any more questions or concerns, check out our Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find these help answer most people's questions.



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