During the use of moxibustion (moxa for short), moxa is rolled into a ball, placed on top of the acupuncture needle and burned to transmit heat and energy down the needle into the Acupuncture point. The herb in english is called Artemesia Vulgaris and is used by TCM practitioners for its warming and tonifying characteristics. It can also be burned indirectly by waving a cigar like roll or more directly on top of a pedestal.  Patients usually enjoy this sensation of warmth and the heat never gets close enough to the skin to burn.  This can be tremendously helpful in patients with fatigue, arthritis and swollen joints.  Our most common use is in turning a breech presentation baby.  Studies have shown this to be tremendously effect when applied at the right time in the pregnancy.

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