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  • Writer's pictureDr. Charlotte Morgan, D.Ac.

Moxibustion for Bell's Palsy, Breech Babies, and Digestive Disorders

Moxibustion or "moxa" is the burning of mugwort leaves over acupuncture points or meridians to stimulate white blood cell production, improve circulation, and warm the body. ⁠

🌿 Moxa has been recorded to treat over 364 different diseases.⁠

🌿 Moxa at acupuncture point LI4 benefits Bell’s Palsy patients with facial paralysis specifically affecting the lips. MRI scans indicate that LI4 also intersects sensory pathways of the face and mouth to the central nervous system, and that moxa at LI4 elicits detectable changes in the brain. ⁠

🌿 Moxa over the belly button, filled with salt and topped with a slice of ginger, has beneficial research for post-stroke urination disorders, vomiting, and chronic diarrhea.⁠

🌿 Moxa on the acupuncture point UB67 can assist in turning a breech baby that is positioned feet first in the birth canal. ⁠


Lee, M. S., Kang, J. W., & Ernst, E. (2010). Does moxibustion work? An overview of systematic reviews. BMC research notes, 3, 284.

Schlaeger, J. M., Stoffel, C. L., Bussell, J. L., Cai, H. Y., Takayama, M., Yajima, H., & Takakura, N. (2018). Moxibustion for Cephalic Version of Breech Presentation. Journal of midwifery & women's health, 63(3), 309–322.

With Love,

Charlotte Morgan, M.S. L.Ac.

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