Moxa at Seattle Acupuncture Center
In moxibustion, a dried herb called moxa (usually mugwort) is burned over the skin at a specific acupuncture point. The moxa may be attached to a special acupuncture needle or in a free-standing cone set on a slice of ginger; its slow burning provides a penetrating heat. The purpose is to warm the blood and qi (basic life force energy flowing through energy pathways), particularly when a patient’s energy picture is cold damp.