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Moxibustion set with accessories, Japan, 1980-1990

Moxa or Artemisia vulgaris is a plant. Once dried, it can be burnt in a treatment known as moxibustion. This moxibustion set comes with moxa tubes and other accessories. It was manufactured in Japan in the 1980s. The set was used in the surgery of a British Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner during the 1990s. TCM believes moxibustion stimulates the flow of the life force known as qi (chi) around the body. Qi is considered essential for wellbeing and health.

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2002-458

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    Glossary: moxa

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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.