Moxibustion is an important component of modern acupuncture practices.
Moxibustion is a type of heat-based acupuncture treatment in which dried plant materials, referred to as moxa, are burned on or near the skin’s surface. The thought process behind this treatment method is that the heat will further entice the flow of Qi—or life force–in the body, while dissipating unhealthy pathogens. Many believe that moxibustion helps to alleviate dampness and cold throughout the body, and even turn breech babies in preparation for upcoming labor. Moxibustion is also known to cure general weakness caused by a myriad of medical conditions.
Moxa is typically made up of a leafy material of dried Chinese mugwort. Mugwort, also called nagadamni, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It is known to treat cardiac issues in addition to feelings of unease and general tiredness or malaise. With this specific method, moxa material is flattened into a small, cigar-like pole that is allowed to smolder, generating a form of penetrating heat.