Definitions

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

  • noun The burning of moxa or other substances on the skin to treat diseases or to produce analgesia.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In medicine, the act or process of burning or cauterizing by means of moxa or a moxa.

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  • noun folk medicine The burning of moxa against the skin to treat pain or illness.

Etymologies

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

[Alteration of moxa + (com)bustion.]

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Blend of moxa ("mugwort") and combustion ("burning"), literally “burning of mugwort”. Interconsonantal -a- changed to -i- for ease of pronunciation.

Examples

  • Like her whole body, most of the points were cold and deficient, so I used moxibustion, which is the burning of a deeply penetrating, special Chinese herb, Artemesia vul-garis, rolled into a cigar.

    The Last Chance Dog

  • Like her whole body, most of the points were cold and deficient, so I used moxibustion, which is the burning of a deeply penetrating, special Chinese herb, Artemesia vul-garis, rolled into a cigar.

    The Last Chance Dog

  • Kristen asked, still fully invested in the moxibustion process.

    Times Two

  • She had already looked up moxibustion therapy online and knew exactly what she was supposed to do.

    Times Two

  • She had already looked up moxibustion therapy online and knew exactly what she was supposed to do.

    Times Two

  • And that homeopathic remedies like moxibustion and traditional therapies like Pitocin and epidurals all work—depending on your definition of the word “work.”

    Times Two

  • Kristen asked, still fully invested in the moxibustion process.

    Times Two

  • The following two nights, Kristen busied herself in the evenings so I could perform my moxibustion ritual.

    Times Two

  • And that homeopathic remedies like moxibustion and traditional therapies like Pitocin and epidurals all work—depending on your definition of the word “work.”

    Times Two

  • By the following night, I had completely forgotten about my moxibustion therapy.

    Times Two

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  • Acupuncture stimulation, especially with moxibustion, is expected to serve as a safe and effective modality in the management of breech presentation in a clinical setting.

    Moxibustion Treatment of Breech Presentation

    American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Wntr, 2001 by Yoichi Kanakura, Kunio Kometani, Tetsurou Nagata, Kuniaki Niwa, Hiroshi Kamatsuki, Yasutaka Shinzato, Yasumoto Tokunaga

    July 24, 2008

  • Unfortunately unrelated to moxie.

    August 18, 2008