Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medical therapy using moxa or mugwort herb that is burnt over the skin of the body to induce a better flow of qi and blood.

In Western treatment the moxa or mugwort herb is ground into fine particles and made into a cigar-shaped cylinder that the practitioner lights and then wafts over the area of the body requiring treatment.

Moxibustion can additionally be used in conjunction with acupuncture where the herb is burnt on top of the acupuncture needle. Heat is conducted through the needle into the skin and acupuncture point directly.

In addition to increasing the circulation of qi and blood the main use of moxibustion is to promote internal warmth although there is some evidence that moxibustion is effective in turning babies that are in breech position prior to birth.

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