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Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Last full review/revision Feb 2019| Content last modified Feb 2019
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Moxibustion (a manipulative and body-based practice) is a therapy within traditional Chinese medicine. Dried moxa herb (a mugwort) is burned usually just above but sometimes directly on the skin over acupuncture points. The herb may be in the form of incense sticks or wool. 

Moxibustion is used to treat conditions similar to those treated with acupuncture

Moxibustion can cause circular burns (which resemble burns from cigarette tips) and blisters.

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