By Michael Turk

Practitioner and Teacher and author of Pain’s Healing Secret

Acumoxa quickly reduces chronic pain by soothing acupuncture points with heat, rather than stimulating with needles

Acumoxa is a method of treating disease developed by ancient Chinese doctors along with acupuncture and acupressure therapy. Moxibustion is the therapeutic use of heat to treat pain and weakness. The herbs called moxa come from a number of plants; they are processed for easy burning. About three hundred years ago acumoxa became popular with the invention of the moxa stick, called the Grand Ultimate Divine Needle or Magic Needle. The needle-shaped stick of moxa is held over the acupoints without touching the skin. Applying and removing the heat as needed is easier to teach and use without injuring tissue. Magic Needle moxa therapy¾non-invasive, non-scarring, and non-blistering¾is most effective in relieving muscle pain and arthritis. Acumoxa is not a cure-all, three quarters of some health problems are relieved entirely, while others cannot be helped at all. From China, its popularity has spread to Korea and Japan where it is a favored method of self-care.. Today many smokeless methods of heating acupoints are available.

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Chronic pain has become an epidemic that is disabling millions of Americans. New ways to treat pain have not slowed the increase in the number of people suffering. Americans are now turning to ancient Asian methods for help – methods such as acupuncture and acupressure massage. Acupressure and acumoxa provide many of the benefits of acupuncture¾especially pain relief¾without using needles.


Time-tested moxa has been relieving pain and curing disease since the Stone Age. A survey of 33 pre-modern acupuncture texts¾published over a 2,000 year period¾reveals a cluster of health complaints where moxibustion is beneficial: myofascial pain, infectious diseases, inflammatory disorders, and female problems.


Myofascial Disorders: Arthritis, Tendonitis, Low back, and Sciatica

Infectious Diseases: Bacterial Dysentery, Hepatitis, Chronic Bronchitis, and UTI

Inflammatory Disorders: Bronchial Asthma, Simple Goiter, Diabetes, Indigestion, Acute Mastitis, and Hemorrhoids

Recuperative: Stroke, Adrenal Depletion, Incontinence, Prolapsed Anus or Uterus

OB/GYN. Irregular Menstruation, Dysmenorrhea, Abnormal Bleeding, and Leucorrhoea


There are contraindications, do not treat medical conditions without medical training.

Michael Turk

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