Moxibustion is known for its ability to soothe menstrual cramps and regulate a woman's monthly cycle. It does this by stimulating blood flow to the reproductive organs through the use of heat. It can also regulate the release of fertility hormones, making it a good way to treat infertility. Medical literature is full of anecdotal reports of women who decided to use moxibustion to treat infertility and had amazing results. You can also use moxibustion to treat infertility.
Things You'll Need
- Moxa stick
Peel a moxa stick about halfway down, leaving the remainder of the wrapper in place. Light the moxa stick and blow out the flame, leaving the end smoking and hot.
Lie down in a comfortable position. Move your clothing to expose your abdomen.
Hold the moxa stick so that the smoking end is pointed toward your abdomen, about 1/2 inch above your skin. You should feel enough heat to bring about some perspiration, but there should be no pain. Do not touch the moxa stick to your abdomen.
Move the moxa stick around your entire abdomen, going all the way up to the bottom of your ribs and down to your pubic bone. This will stimulate circulation to your reproductive organs and regulate the release of hormones that support pregnancy.
Keep moving the moxa stick around your abdomen for about 15 minutes. You can keep an egg timer nearby if you need it to keep track of the time.
Extinguish the moxa stick by tapping off the ash at the end of it, until you no longer see smoke coming out from the end. Retain the remainder of the stick for future use.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't put on a fan in the room while you are performing the moxibustion. Cool air can counteract the beneficial effects of the procedure. You need to sweat, so be sure you create an environment for your moxibustion where sweating is possible.
- Only perform moxibustion for infertility during the 3 weeks of the month when you are not on your period. The best time to perform moxibustion for this purpose is during the second week of your menstrual cycle when you would normally be at your most fertile. The heat of the moxibustion has the highest chance of success in releasing the appropriate hormones at that time.
- If the moxibustion becomes too painful or if your skin starts to blister, stop the procedure immediately. You were probably holding the moxa stick too close to your skin. Wait until the skin has healed, and then try it again.