Moxibustion is the practice of burning an herbal blend on or near the body. There are many forms of moxa that is used. There is a loose form that is used directly on the skin, on ginger, on garlic, on salt or on the needles. There is a pre rolled version that is used directly on the skin, on the needles or above the skin and needles by the practitioner. It comes in a smokeless version as well as a smoke version. In recent years it is now available in spray and balm forms as well as in herbal patches.
Moxibustion treats many issues ranging from acute injury to long term illnesses or deficiencies. Its main function is to warm the body and move blood. It is used to regulate energy and blood flow. It also can turn a breech baby as well as calm a restless fetus. It is used to regulate the menses, warm the uterus, prevent and treat stagnant blood and energy. It can stop bleeding and warm the stomach and spleen. It can also be used preventatively to inhibit illness and promote health.