When, where and who are not suitable for moxibustion therapy?

Moxibustion therapy is one of the main techniques applied in traditional Chinese medicine, which is easy to perform and can effect quickly. It has nearly zero side effects and a little bit of toxicity but normally will not do any harm to human body. There will be no adverse reaction occurs if it is performed correctly and carefully.

However, not everyone is suitable for moxibustion therapy. As fire is applied in moxibustion, the heating may causes skin burn if the moxibustion is not operated appropriately. On the other hand, moxibustion may also cause the loss of qi and blood in our body, therefore it is not meant to be applied randomly on every part of our body. In addition, people who diagnosed with “overheat” in TCM perspective are also not suitable for the moxibustion therapy.


Given the description above, when, where and who are not recommended to receive moxibustion therapy?

  • Where: Any tender body part such as the face is not suitable for moxibustion as it may leave a scar and affect the appearance; the part with thin skin, less muscle and abundant muscle tendons; lumbosacral region and lower abdominal region of pregnant women; nipple, private part and testicles; large blood vessels, heart area and eyeball are not suitable for moxibustion either. Besides, joint regions should not be applied with moxibustion directly.
  • When: If you are extremely tired; too hungry; over-eating; drunk; excessive sweating, unstable mood; menstruation cycle, do not undergo moxibustion therapy.
  •  Who: People that with infectious diseases, high fever, coma, convulsions or extremely weak body condition should not undergo moxibustion. Beside, people with no self-control ability such as psychiatry patients are not suitable for moxibustion therapy either.

This article is contributed by Dr. Cher Li from ReLife International Medical Center, Beijing China. If you have any comment or interested in our medical center, please feel free to consult us, we will be happy to receive any comment or question.