Moxibustion uses heat to warm acupuncture points. The moxa (dried mugwart, a medicinal herb) is lit and burns like incense. The combination of the heat and the medicinal qualities of the moxa stimulates circulation and balances the flow of qi. The practitioner lights a cigar-like stick of moxa and holds it near the skin until that area is warm. Variations include small sticks of moxa in a barrier or “pot” that is laid on the skin, or molded moxa placed on the needle.
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