Wooden cupping device for moxibustion treatment, Japan, 1975-1990
This wooden cupping device holds burning moxa near the skin during moxibustion treatment. Moxibustion is where the moxa or Artemisia vulgaris plant is dried then burnt. 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. TCM is also practised in Japan. This cupping device was manufactured in Japan. It was donated by a British TCM practitioner.
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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.
Glossary: moxibustion receptacle