The process of burning a herb called mugwort is known
as moxabustion. This technique has been used in
Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Some
historians believe that moxabustion may even pre-date
acupuncture. The dried herb comes in many different forms
including loose, rolled, needle ready, and smokeless.
The energetic property of moxa is warming, moving and
tonifying. Traditionally the technique of moxabustion is
used with the aim of increasing blood and energy
circulation, and relieving pain. It is also warming for
patients who suffer from cold, or a deficiency of the
warming Yang energy.
In the west, the most famous modern application of this
therapy is that of turning a breech baby. Many midwives
recommend moxabustion treatment to pregnant mothers for
babies that are still breech when they should be head
down. Amanda often uses this particular treatment between
weeks 34 and 38 of pregnancy.