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mox·i·bus·tion

Moxibustion, or Moxa Therapy, is burning the dried herb Mugwort to warm acupuncture points and increase circulation of blood and qi flow. The word moxibustion comes from Japanese mogusa (mugwort) blended with the Latin word combustio (burning), literally "burning of mugwort." It expels cold from the body and is effective for chronic/acute pain and female health problems such as menstrual cramps and infertility. There are many different types of moxa used in practice. You may see small cones, a cigar-shaped stick, or the loose herb itself placed directly on the skin or on a piece of ginger. Moxa is well known for its application to the acupuncture point called UB67 to turn a breech baby.