Adverse Effects

Adverse effects may happen after moxibustion treatment. Since moxibustion has been performed for over 2,500 years, these effects have been studied thorougly and effective ways to relieve them are available. Given the non-invasive nature of moxibustion performed in the U.S., odds of serious adverse effects beyond control are low. Most of the time the adverse effects will disappear within days, but discomfort may emerge during this period.

As mentioned in [1], ” Moxibustion is considered a safe and effective traditional therapy, and large numbers of clinical reports have indicated that it is effective and associated with few adverse events. There is no absolutely safe treatment in the world, and moxibustion may be also related with some security risks in certain circumstances. “

Below is a list of possible adverse effects of moxibustion, and link to real cases are available for some. Please examine them carefully and be prepared what might happen after the treatment. Some of these cases may appear serious, and severely affect an individual’s lifestyle for days or even weeks. However, as cliche as it may sound, things are going to get worse before turning around, only this time proof will be seen soon enough- for most it could be days to weeks, or a couple of months in rare and extreme cases.

It is strongly advised that you follow our recommended and proven methods to deal with the adverse effects if they did appear, rather than going to hospital. The treatment received could strongly work against efficacy of moxibustion. If a client insists on doing so, he/she will be responsible for all consequences including ineffective moxibustion treatment and extra medical expenses.

Please contact us for further arrangement if and only if you accept the terms above.

Possible adverse effects includes the following:

  • Allergy reaction, e.g.
    Red rashes
    – Itching
    – Running nose
    – Sneezing
    – Nasal stuffing
  • Blister & eczema
  • Pimples
  • Fester
  • Navel fluid discharge
  • Moxa smoke allergy, e.g.
    – Sore eyes
    – Swollen tonsil
    – Dysphoria
  • Burns
  • Infecion
  • Cold symptoms, e.g.
    – Coughing
    – Fever
    – Feeling chilly
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sore & skin ulcer
  • Thirst
  • Aching & tired legs
  • Pains, e.g.
    – Migratory pain
    – Joint pain
    – Whole body pain
    – Headache
    – Temporal pain
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Aggravating symptoms
  • Relapse of symptoms from previous diseases
  • Showing symptom of new diseases
  • Inflammation
  • Frequent urination
  • Diarrhea & growling stomach
  • Gynecological reaction, e.g.
    – Menstrual disorder
    – Abnormal leukorrhea
    – Vaginitis
    – Urethritis
    – Itchy or flushing privates
    – Uterine bleeding
  • Temporary skin discoloration
  • Insomnia
  • Drowsiness & debilitation
  • Depression, mania & irritability
  • Constipation
  • Bloating, hiccup, fart
  • Elavation of blood pressure
  • Change of blood sugar
  • Dropsy
  • Difficulty of urination
  • Spermatorrhea
  • Skin thermalgia
  • Stomach acid regurgitation
  • Nosebleed
  • Foul defecation
  • Tinnitus
  • Gooseflesh in body


1. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2014, Article ID 783704