Moxibustion or moxa is a form of heat therapy that uses certain combustible plant fibers to heat specific areas or acupuncture points on the body. Moxibustion and acupuncture have been used together since their inception. The Chinese term for acupuncture is zhengjiu, zheng meaning acupuncture and jiu meaning moxibustion. Moxibustion treats “cold” conditions, improves blood flow, and strengthens the immune system.
Moxa can be rolled into sticks and held above the patient, used in a loose form directly on the patient, or applied to a needle once inserted into the patient.
The word moxa comes from a Dutch transliteration of the Japanese words “mo gusa”, which means to burn a herb.