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a smoking moxibustion cigar being burned for a treatment


Moxibustion is a form of therapy that entails the burning of mugwort leaves close to the skin's surface to apply heat to specific points. The purpose of this is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain good health. ‌This form of therapy has been shown to be beneficial for arthritis, migraines, digestive problems, fertility issues, and more.

There are two ways in which moxibustion can be applied: directly or indirectly. When used directly, a moxa cone rests on the skin while the acupuncturist ignites one end of the cone and leaves it to burn slowly. Once your skin starts to turn red and you begin to feel the heat, the cone is removed. ‌When used indirectly, the moxa doesn’t come into direct contact with your skin. Instead, the acupuncturist holds a stick of moxa about an inch away from your body and once the skin becomes warm and red, the acupuncturist will move to a new point or complete the treatment.

Loose moxibustion cones being used on a patients back during a treatment
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