Moxibustion involves the burning of a dried herb also known as mugwort, and is an adaptive form of therapy in Chinese Medicine which can be used in conjunction with acupuncture, or as a stand alone treatment. Moxibustion (also known as Moxa) is most often used in chronic, deficient and cold conditions.
Moxa also has a preventative quality and can raise the body's level of resistance. It was said that Confucious enjoyed excellent health because he used Moxa regularly.
Moxa penetrates deep into the meridians. Moxa can be used directly on the skin, but is most commonly used indirectly, an inch or so above the skin. Small pieces of moxa may also be burned on the very tip of the needle's handle, which sends warmth directly into the point.
The properties of moxa are both revitalizing and relaxing. Moxa is used to stimulate and nourish Qi and Blood. The fragrance of the smouldering herb is also very relaxing and so it also helps to balance the emotions, which are viewed as the root of disease. Moxa is used in many conditions but is very commonly used in the treatment and prevention of stroke.