MOXIBUSTION is a form of therapy that entails the burning of mugwort leaves. This is a small, spongy herb that is believed to enhance healing with acupuncture. As such, the leaves are burnt close to the skin’s surface using a stick to apply heat.

The practice is derived from Chinese medicine. Its purpose is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi or energy, and maintain good health.

According to Chinese medicine, an increase in the circulation of Qi can help your body deal with a broad range of issues, including digestive problems and chronic pain.


Alternative health practitioners say that the heat generated through moxibustion can help to increase the flow of energy throughout the body. This happens through some pathways known as meridians. Chinese traditional medicine considers the stimulation of energy essential to help your body achieve health and wellness.

Moxibustion is founded on the belief that blockages in the flow of energy lead to mental and physical health problems. Because of this, it’s used to treat: Back pain, Arthritis, Headaches, Migraines, Muscle stiffness, Tendonitis, Ulcers, Fatigue, Infertility, Menstrual cramps, Cancer, Digestive problems


Several studies have been conducted in trying to establish how moxibustion therapy benefits your health. Researchers found it to have a great effect on reducing serum creatinine, which is responsible for poor kidney function in high doses.

Our findings suggest that traditional moxibustion is a safe, effective, and easy-to-use therapy that can be a useful adjunct to conventional medicine for alleviating pain and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Dr. NATALIA PLOTKIN — health, beauty and longevity center.


Natalia Plotkin, L.Ac, Dipl. OM was awarded a Master of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University. She is recognized by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, a considerable professional achievement. Natalia has treated at the Yo San University Clinic and Venice Family Clinic.

Acupuncture and ancient Chinese medicine can treat many concerns: from pain that started recently, to chronic diseases, insomnia, anxiety, depression, etc.