Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique that involves the burning of mugwort (a small, spongy herb) to facilitate healing. The purpose of moxibustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi and maintain general good health.
Practitioners use moxibustion to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation through the points thus inducing a smoother flow of blood and Qi. It is believed by some that mugwort acts as an emmenagogue, meaning that it stimulates blood-flow in the body. It is claimed that moxibustion militates against cold and dampness in the body, and can serve to turn breeched babies.