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Moxabustion, often shortened to moxa, is a therapy that involves the burning of a specific herb at acupuncture points. The herb itself is called Mugwort and has been used in many cultures for it’s healing abilities. The herb is dried and then burned. Moxa is a nourishing treatment that is warming, energizing and promotes circulation.
There are many forms of moxa used. Direct moxa is when loose moxa is rolled into tiny cones and then placed on the skin’s surface. An anti-burn cream is used to prevent any harm. This method is used when moxa at a very specific point is required. An alternative to this method is called warming needle technique. This is when the moxa is placed on the tip of the needle at a specific acupuncture point. Indirect moxa is when a moxa pole is held above the skin and moved along the area being treated. A moxa pole can be placed inside a metal casing called a tiger warmer. This is an indirect treatment that has the ability to cover a larger treatment area.