Merck Manual

Please confirm that you are not located inside the Russian Federation

honeypot link

Moxibustion

By

Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Last full review/revision Feb 2019| Content last modified Feb 2019
Click here for the Professional Version

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.

NOTE: This is the Consumer Version. DOCTORS: Click here for the Professional Version
Click here for the Professional Version
Others also read

Test your knowledge

Computerized Tomography (CT)
In computerized tomography (CT), x-ray images of the body are taken from multiple angles and converted by a computer into images resembling 2- and 3-dimensional slices (cross-sections). People having a CT scan are asked to remove all jewelry and metal items such as zippers and belt buckles located near the body part being scanned. Why are patients asked to remove metal before having a CT scan?
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID

Also of Interest

Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
Download the Manuals App iOS ANDROID
TOP