Moxibustion or Moxa is the burning of a herb (Mugwort) and is used to treat conditions by applying heat to Acupuncture points or areas of the body. Moxa in the form of a cone or a stick is used by an Acupuncturist to warm and nourish the Qi and Blood. The stick looks like a cigar and is held about 2 inches from the skin above an Acupuncture point or area.
It is used to warm the channels and expel cold eg. when you have a condition which is worse in cold weather such as joint pain or a condition which is made better for warmth eg. hot water bottle for period pain. It drives the cold out of the body. Another reason for a practitioner to use Moxa is to nourish the Qi and blood – is used for depleted energy or weakness and can also boost the Yang energy and boost immunity and fertility. (Used to treat prolapsed uterus)