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Mini-moxa cones, with applicator, Japan 1980-1990

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Moxa or Artemisia vulgaris is a plant. Once dried, it can be burnt in a treatment known as moxibustion. This moxibustion set contains adhesive mini-moxa cones. They are predominantly 'mild strength', for self-administered treatment. Using the applicator provided, the moxa is pushed partly out of the tube. The adhesive base is moistened and placed on the skin. The moxa is then lit. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is also practised in Japan. TCM believes moxibustion stimulates the flow of the life force known as qi (chi) around the body. Qi is considered essential for wellbeing and health. The moxa kit was manufactured by Japanese company Kamaya in the 1980s. It was donated by a British TCM practitioner.

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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.

    Glossary: Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical tradition originating in China, but now used worldwide. Treatments include herbal medicine, massage and acupuncture, which are combined to create a therapy tailored to the patient.