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Nine Bags of moxa, Japan 1980-1995

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These nine bags contain different grades of raw moxa. They range from coarse to fine. Moxa or Artemisia vulgaris is a plant that, once dried, can be burnt in a treatment known as moxibustion. Traditional Chinese Medicine (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. The bags were manufactured in Japan. They were donated by a British TCM practitioner.

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2002-474

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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.