Moxibustion is the therapeutic use of moxa. Moxa derives it’s name from the Japanese mogusa, or mugwort in English.
When the herb mugwort is ground up it turns into a soft woolly mass. This mass is rolling into and compacted into a cigar like stick, and lit. The moxa stick burns very evenly creating immense heat. Hence moxibustion: moxa + combustion.
The heat is passed over specific acupoints or painful regions of the body bringing blood flow and warmth to the area.
Moxa is mostly used in combination with Acupuncture and sometimes it is used by itself.
The moxa wool can also be made into cones and be placed directly on the skin over a slice of ginger, for an even more warming effect if that is required.
The therapeutic method of applying heat to the body is one of the oldest healing modalities on earth.