Moxibustion (Moxa) is the application of indirect or direct heat on specific acupuncture points as well as larger areas of the body. The heat is created by the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb known as a “Moxa Stick”, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion is generally used to warm and tonify the body, strengthening the blood and stimulating the flow of qi.
In Western medicine, Moxa has successfully been used to turn breech babies into the optimal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at a specific acupuncture point.