A traditional part of Chinese medicine is a technique that involves the burning of a small spongy herb known as Hogwort in order to promote healing. It is a technique which has been used throughout China and Asia for thousands of years and the purpose behind Moxibustion is to strengthen the blood and therefore promoting good health by allowing and encouraging the flow of the Qi throughout the body.
In moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Another form of moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle(s) removed.