Moxa therapy or moxibustion is the use of the mugwort herb, Artemisia Vulgaris, to treat an acupuncture point. It can used in several ways. Most frequently, it is used indirectly on the skin, being held in a long cigar-style stick over a point and used to warm the skin. It can also be placed in small cones directly on the skin, or can be placed on the end of acupuncture needles.
Its purpose is to warm acupuncture points and penetrate into the body, stimulating circulation, relieving cold and damp, and encouraging smooth flow of qi and blood. Certain conditions, particularly acute and chronic pain, menstrual conditions and digestive problems can respond extremely well to this treatment. Interestingly, it can also be used to turn breech babies.