You may purchase them at most Chinese herbal stores. The closest store to the clinic where I work is Yi Chang Tang: 685 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6P3 (at the corner of Bronson and Somerset). Phone: (613) 237-4681
Disclosure: I do not have any connection with this store and you are free to purchase your moxa sticks at any store that is convenient to you.
By doing moxibustion at home, you take control of your own health, enjoy faster treatment outcomes at minimal cost.
Before you begin, it is recommended you read through all sections of this page, be trained and supervised by a qualified Acupuncturist and/or a registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Learn more about potential risks here.
"Give a man a fish, and you feed for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime".
Hold the moxa stick about two fingers breadth above the acupoint. Spread two fingers aside the acupoint to control/evaluate the intensity of the heat. The radiating heat from the moxa stick will heat up the (marked) acupoint. When pinching hot (usually it takes about 10 seconds to feel that effect), quickly and firmly press down the point. Repeat the "heat and press" actions for 10 to 20 times. Avoid burns.
Moxibustion is not appropriate for everyone. Do not do moxibustion to yourself if you are not being supervised by a qualified Acupuncturist and / or Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner.
Patients presenting those conditions should be extra careful when performing moxibustion at home:
When in doubt, do less or don't do anything and consult me for further hands on training. Also, when there is a change in your conditions, stop and consult me prior to performing moxibustion. Usually home moxibustion is prescribed for a period of 7 to 10 days maximum then review.
Ensure the moxa stick is completely extinguished in a fire-proof dedicated container. Do not leave a burning moxa un-attended.
Follow my recommendation.
After treatment, do NOT:
Hydration: if you feel thirsty after treatment, drink warm water to avoid dehydration.