Moxibustion(Moxa cupping) involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment. Direct moxa is rolled into rice grain sized piece and placed directly onto an acupuncture point. A protective salve is placed on the skin before placing the moxa. Indirect moxa is a compressed charcoal stick of mugwort that is burned above an acupuncture point or used to trace a meridian. It is held about one inch from the skin and used until the desired warmth is achieved.
Moxibustion therapy is useful for a large variety of conditions. Depending on the technique and acupuncture points chosen to warm, it can help boost the immune system, regulate digestion, improve the menstrual cycle, decrease pain, and helps to resolve both feelings of anxiety and depression.