Moxibustion (Chinese: 灸; pinyin: jiǔ) is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort (moxa) on particular points on the body. It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China (including Tibet), Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Mongolia. Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a cigar-shaped stick. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or burn it on the patient’s skin.
Mona Chopra, MA, MS, Licensed Acupuncturist, therapeutic yoga instructor, and certified hypnotist practicing in New York City (www.peopletreewellness.com), discusses the channel system of acupuncture, including what acupuncture points are, how points are selected, and what goes on during an acupuncture treatment.