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Moxibustion stick, China, 1988

Moxibustion is the practice of burning a plant, moxa, on the skin at specific points on the body. Moxa is also known as mugwort herb. It is a member of the Artemisia plant family used for medical purposes across different cultures. In traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, moxibustion is thought to stimulate the flow of qi or energy around the body, essential to wellbeing. Moxa can also be burnt over an acupuncture needle and inserted into the skin. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a good flow of qi is essential for wellbeing and is split into yin and yang. Too little yang is treated with moxibustion.

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    Glossary: moxa

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    Glossary: moxibustion

    a therapeutic technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in which acupuncture points are stimulated by the application of burning moxa. Moxa is prepared from the ground young leaves of plants of the genus Artemisia – particularly Artemisia vulgaris. Slow burning moxa can be applied directly to the skin or burned on the head of an acupuncture needle in a combination therapy.