Moxa plugs, Japan, 1980-1990
This box of moxa plugs was used during a therapy described as Moxa Head Needling. Moxa or Artemisia vulgaris is a plant. Once dried, it can be burnt in a treatment known as moxibustion. The paper-wrapped moxa plugs were skewered onto needle heads and burnt near the skin during Moxa Head Needling. 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. They were manufactured in Japan in the 1980s. They were acquired through the surgery of a British Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner during the 1990s.
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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.