Moxibustion or “moxa” is a topical form of Chinese medicine. It is a dried form of the herb mugmort (Artemisia vulgaris). Moxa is placed on the head of a needle or rolled into stick form and produces a warm sensation on the skin. The heat from the moxa on different acupuncture points creates a different therapeutic response than when using acupuncture alone. Moxa is known to have warming, moving, and tonifying properties which allow for the building of blood, movement of qi, and overall improvement of general health.
Moxa has many uses which include resolving dampness, dispelling cold from the body, and boosting the immune system. It can also be used for the preparation of labor or to turn a breech baby.