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moxa

 [mok´sah]
a tuft of soft, combustible material to be burned upon the skin as a cautery and counterirritant.

mox·a

(mok'să),
A cone or cylinder of cotton wool or other combustible material, placed on the skin and ignited to produce counterirritation.
See also: moxibustion.
[Jap. moe kusa, burning herb]

moxa

(mok´sah) [Japanese] the dried leaves of Artemisia vulgaris, burned on or near acupoints in moxibustion.

moxa

(mŏk′sə)
n.
A cone or cylinder prepared from the dried leaves of certain plants, especially mugwort, placed on the skin and ignited in order to produce counterirritation.

mugwort

Acupuncture
See Moxabustion.
 
Herbal medicine
A perennial shrub that contains absinthin, flavonoids, tannin and volatile oil, which is used for menstrual dysfunction and cramping, threatened abortion and as a natural insect repellant.

Toxicity
Mugwort should not be used in pregnancy.

mox·a

(mok'să)
A cone of cotton wool or other material, placed on the skin and ignited to produce counterirritation.
See also: moxibustion
[Jap. moe kusa, burning herb]

moxa (mˑ·ks),

n the powdered
Artemis vulgaris leaves used in moxibustion. They are burned on an acupuncture needle or directly on the body at a meridian channel. The size of moxa varies, but it is used to bring heat to an area diagnosed as cold or to stimulate an acupuncture point.

mox·a

(mok'să)
A cone or cylinder of cotton wool or other combustible material, placed on the skin and ignited to produce counterirritation.
[Jap. moe kusa, burning herb]

moxa

a tuft of soft, combustible herb Artemisia vulgaris is burned upon the skin as a cautery. A procedure in Chinese traditional medicine.

Patient discussion about moxa

Q. Burning people? My friend told me his brother had a back pain and he wanted to try a Chinese therapy, and the therapist burned him – is that possible? Isn’t it dangerous? Can it cause burns?

A. We don’t burn people – we use special burning plants to treat problems, and I never encountered a serious burn as a result of it, so actually it’s not really that dangerous as it sounds.

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Different methods used include: needles - applied to acupuncture points moxa - burning of herbs to warm an acupuncture point electro - using a mild electric current through the acupuncture point cupping - glass or bamboo cups placed on the back to draw out toxins.
When the pins are inserted the acupuncturist may also burn a moxa herb called mugwort, which helps to warm up the yang in your body.
A herb called moxa is compacted into a cigar-shaped stick, one end of which is lit and it's slowly smouldered directly above an acupuncture point on the little toe.
The burning moxa is then pinched out or taken away by the therapist before it burns down to the skin).
Ali Haydar Bayat, 'Turk Tip Tarihinde Akupunktur ve Moksa (Daglama) Tedavisi' (Treatment with moxa and acupuncture in the history of Turkish medicine), Tip Tarihi Arashtirmalari" (Istanbul), 3, 1989, pp.
For those truly skittish of needles, acupuncturists can use several nonneedle techniques to stimulate acupuncture points, such as cupping, moxa, and magnets.
Moxibustion, or burning moxa or mugwort, a pungent herb, is combined with stimulating acupuncture points to encourage a breech baby to "turn" naturally, by increasing the baby's activity in the womb.
The first person from Africa to obtain a professional license to practice acupuncture, massage, shiatsu and moxa cautery recently returned to her home country of Kenya after three years of study in Japan.