Indigenous Treatments: Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a treatment modality of traditional Chinese medicine in which the herb moxa (mugwort or Artemlsia vulgaris) is heated and applied directly or indirectly to particular sections of the body. Recipients report feeling localized internal warming in and around the treated area, resulting in generalized feelings of relaxation and overall increased energy (called chi or qi). Western cultural applications of moxibustion are generally practiced in conjunction with acupuncture (the insertion of fine needles into key body points or meridians). In the United States, acupuncture and moxibustion are largely viewed as alternative medical practices; however, both are gaining recognition and popularity. Acupuncture and moxibustion have long histories in the medical treatment of disorders such cold and flu, and recently they have been recognized as efficacious ...

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