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Sample of moxa used for moxibustion in Asia, 1981

Moxa or Artemisia vulgaris is a plant that, once dried, can be burnt in a treatment known as moxibustion. Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, moxibustion is believed to stimulate the flow of the life force known as qi (chi) around the body, something considered essential for wellbeing and good health.

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1981-2080 Pt1

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    Glossary: moxibustion

    a therapeutic technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in which acupuncture points are stimulated by the application of burning moxa. Moxa is prepared from the ground young leaves of plants of the genus Artemisia – particularly Artemisia vulgaris. Slow burning moxa can be applied directly to the skin or burned on the head of an acupuncture needle in a combination therapy.

    Glossary: Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical tradition originating in China, but now used worldwide. Treatments include herbal medicine, massage and acupuncture, which are combined to create a therapy tailored to the patient.