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Illustration of the practice of moxibustion, from the Japanese manuscript, Banshō Myōhōshū (万象妙法集, 1853)

What is moxibustion?

Moxibustion is the burning of an herb on or near the skin. The herb is called mugwort (folium artemisiae) and, when used for moxibustion, it is called moxa.

What are the benefits of moxibustion?

Moxibustion warms your body deep beneath the skin. When combined with acupuncture, it benefits the function of your internal organs. It alleviates pain, relaxes muscle spasms, boosts energy, and can calm anxiety.

Can I get burned during moxibustion?

If moxibustion is performed on the skin, then a protective cream is applied to prevent you from getting burned. Moxibustion is performed under a controlled environment so that there is very little risk of skin irritation.