The Moxa herb is used by TCM practitioners for its warming and tonifying characteristics. Moxibustion (the process of burning Moxa) either on a needle or directly on the skin helps build the Qi and rid the body of excess moisture. Patients usually enjoy this sensation of warmth and find it very relaxing. The heat never gets close enough to the skin to burn.
Your acupuncturist often teaches her patients how to administer this treatment to themselves safely at home. This is a good way for patients to engage in a relaxing activity that allows them to be a direct part of their own healing process.
Where appropriate, Moxibustion is included with an acupuncture visit.