Moxibustion, also called moxa therapy, originated in China and eventually spread to other Asian countries. Moxa is a therapy that uses the herb Chinese Mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris), either rolled up into a stick, loose or formed into a cone.
The practitioner burns the herb over specific points on the body, and by doing so, the warmth and the healing power of its chemical constituents enter into the meridians to illicit a healing effect to alleviate pain and increase blood circulation.
The therapeutic functions of moxa are:
To warm meridians and expel cold
To promote the smooth flow of Qi and blood
To supplement Yang Qi and prevent its collapse
To prevent diseases and keep healthy by up-regulating the immune system
Moxa is used for many conditions including:
and many others.
Research is also accumulating on the use of this herb in the treatment of cancer.