Moxibustion, is also known as moxa treatment. This traditional medical practice has originated in China and from there spread over to Japan and other Asian countries. Moxibustion is performed by burning small cones of dried leaves on certain designated points of the body, generally the same points as those used in acupuncture.
The term moxibustion derives from the name of the wormwood plant Artemisia moxa, or (Japanese) A. mogusa. Acupuncture and moxibustion are used in combination for the treatment of disease and for anesthesia.
From ancient times, it is believed that burning or heating certain points on the body increased circulation “full-bloodedness” and relieved pain. Generally, points near large blood vessels, eyes, and ears are treated by moxa, because acupuncture at these points is deemed inadvisable.