burnMoxa is is a dried herb called mugwort. 

It can take two forms – natural dried moxa or prepared “smokeless” moxa.

The moxa is either placed either on the head of the needle or a moxa stick is held by the practitioner and level of warmth is monitored by the practitioner.

We also use “stick-on” moxa: small cylinders of rolled up moxa stuck on a piece of cardboard.

These are placed on areas of pain and are removed when the patient starts to feel the heat.

The burning of the moxa causes a warming in the area it is applied to stimulate the flow of qi and removes any blockages or stagnation.