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Modality Spotlight: Moxabustion

Moxibustion involves the burning of a dried herb (in this case Mugwort due to its even-heating and detoxification properties). This can be done indirectly (at a distance above the skin), directly (on the skin), or through an intermediary substance such as garlic, ginger, salt, or aconite for additional therapeutic benefits. Due to the fact that it is providing heat it is a powerful tool for treating cold in the body. It can help with full body strengthening and is particularly beneficial in gynecological and digestive issues. Perhaps one of the most well known empirical uses of moxibustion is for the treatment of a breeched fetus.

· Deng, H., & Shen, X. (2013). The mechanism of moxibustion: ancient theory and modern research. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2013, 379291. doi:10.1155/2013/379291

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