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Moxabustion

Moxabustion or moxa is the term used to describe the burning of dried herbs on or near the body for therapeutic effect. It is an extremely ancient form of treatment and is still very popular throughout China, Japan, Vietnam, Mongolia and Korea. Mugwort is a common herb in both Asia and Europe. It is dried and pulped to form a wool-like substance; other herbs such as sage are occasionally added depending on the patients specific needs.  

Moxabustion is used for a variety of different conditions though especially when ‘cold’ is present. It may also be effective for pain in the body. Moxa can be placed directly on the skin or held just above the desired area. It is often put on the end of acupuncture needles to stimulate and warm the point.

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