Moxibustion

Is the use of burning the herb mugwort to apply heat to an acupuncture point. There are two types of moxibustion; direct and indirect, although indirect is more popular due to its lower risk of pain or burning.

The most common type of indirect moxa used is the use of a moxa stick where an acupuncturist lights one end of this cigar shaped stick and holds it close to the acupuncture point or area being treated until the area turns red or it gets to hot for the patient.

The mugwort herb is used as it has been proven to stimulate blood flow and is commonly used to turn breech babies, treat deficient, cold and stagnant conditions due to its affect of warming the meridians, dispersing cold and alleviating pain.