Moxibustion is a heat therapy under Traditional Chinese Medicine by burning dried moxa which is Chinese mugwort (Artemisia argyi).
Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. It is part of traditional Chinese medical practices, and came about near the same time as acupuncture. In northern China, where there are cold, mountainous regions, heating the body through moxibustion on the acupuncture points was thought to help prevent illness and promote healing.
Moxa can be rolled into balls, shaped into cones, or purchased commercially in tiny or long rolled sticks. The balls and cones can be burned directly on the skin, or indirectly on a medium in between the Moxa and the skin. Small balls can also be used on the end of acupuncture needles, which is also known as the Warm Needle Technique.
The leaves of the moxa plant are considered to have bitter, pungent and warm properties and to be associated with the liver, spleen and kidney meridians.The leaves are used as