As the last in the series of TCM Weight Loss, assuming you’ve followed all the steps, committed to the program, and lost weight, you might be ready to cheer! Or, if, despite significantly reducing weight and inches, you still have quite noticeable cellulite around the thighs, for example, you might not be cheering all the way to the swimsuit department. Well, TCM has a solution for that as well: Moxibustion.

Moxibustion is the burning of, typically mugwort, herbs.  The can be compacted into many different forms, but a popular form for at home use or non-acupoint use in a cigar-like roll (see featured image).

Moxibustion is thought to work for cellulite primarily through its thermogenic effect and its ability to clear dampness.  You can think of cellulite as the stagnant buildup of water, fat cells, and toxins. Moxa heats up the area where the cellulite is to melt fat cells, flush toxins, and remove water, thus eliminating the appearance of cellulite.

Applying MoxaThe TCM doctor who initially told me of this technique (as I’ve not used it myself), explained that a patient of hers successfully lost quite a bit of weight, but still had lingering, embarrassing cellulite. Then the doctor recommended she use moxa at home, and over the course of a few weeks the patient had very impressive results.  To the point where, the doctor was thrilled to tell me, it was no longer noticeable.

At first this seemed a bit incredible to me, so I asked a couple other TCM doctors/professors whether it was possible. And they both said, if it correlates with overall weight loss, acupuncture, dispelling dampness, and a correct diet, yes! Just like I said in this weight loss course!

From the picture, you can gauge how and where to hold the moxa stick (although the image shows neck relaxation moxa), and how easy it is: if you buy moxibustion sticks, you can do it at home!