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moxibustion/mox·i·bus·tion/ (mok″sĭ-bus´chun) the stimulation of an acupoint by the burning of a cone or cylinder of moxa placed at or near the point.
A type of acupuncture that uses heat, in which moxa, made from dried mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), is rolled into a pea-sized cone, placed point up and burned almost to the skin; the smouldering cone is extinguished after a few seconds, and the warmth passes into an acupuncture needle.
moxibustionA primitive form of treatment in which a cone of dried leaves is burned close to the skin. Apart from a minor local irritant effect in promoting an increased blood supply to the area, moxibustion is of no medical value and has no place in scientific medical practice.
Artemis vulgaris leaves are burned on an acupuncture needle or directly on a point of the body.
n a method of producing analgesia or altering the function of a system of the body by igniting moxa, wormwood, or some other combustible, slow-burning substance and holding it as near the point on the skin as possible without causing pain or burning. It is also sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture.
Patient discussion about moxibustion
Q. I am in a confused state and wish to know about moxibustion and will this be of any help to me? I am taking acupuncture treatment for my insomnia. I had been benefitted to the minimum. They said it will make me have good sleep soon. I am still not able to sleep. It’s the 10th day of my treatment. Dissatisfied with the results the doctor changed medicine to Moxibustion. I am in a confused state and wish to know about moxibustion and will this be of any help to me?
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?