from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cone or cylinder prepared from the dried leaves of certain plants, especially mugwort, placed on the skin and ignited in order to produce counterirritation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A soft downy substance prepared in China and Japan from the young leaves of Artemisia Moxa, used as a cautery.
  • noun The plant from which this substance is obtained.
  • noun In medicine, a vegetable substance, either cut or formed into a short cylinder, which when ignited will burn without fusing, used as a cautery or a counter-irritant by being applied to the skin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A soft woolly mass prepared from the young leaves of Artemisia Chinensis, and used as a cautery by burning it on the skin; hence, any substance used in a like manner, as cotton impregnated with niter, amadou.
  • noun (Bot.) A plant from which this substance is obtained, esp. Artemisia Chinensis, and Artemisia moxa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Mugwort root, as used in moxibustion.
  • noun Any other plant used in moxibustion.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Japanese mogusa : moeru, to burn + kusa, herb.]

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From Japanese  (mogusa, "mugwort"); the u is not strongly pronounced in Japanese, leading to its disappearance and the devoicing of the plosive. First used by Hermann Buschoff, a Dutch minister in Batavia, who wrote the first book about this remedy in 1674.



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  • Moxibustion (Chinese: �?�; pinyin: jiǔ) is an oriental medicine therapy utilizing moxa, or the herb known as "mugwort, "Artemesia vulgaris," and "ai ye."

    It plays an important role in the traditional medical systems of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Tibet, and Mongolia.

    Suppliers usually age the mugwort and grind it up to a fluff; practitioners burn the fluff or process it further into a stick that resembles a (non-smokable) cigar. They can use it indirectly, with acupuncture needles, or sometimes burn it on a patient's skin.

    January 18, 2009

  • Moxa and Moxibustion

    The actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.

    Mugwort () has a long history of use in folk medicine. Research has shown that it acts as an emmenagogue ­ that is, an agent that increases blood circulation to the pelvic area and uterus and stimulates menstruation. This could explain its use in treatingbreech birth and menstrual cramps.

    January 18, 2009