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Moxa or moxibustion, is a type of heat therapy used to decrease pain and increase blood circulation in a specific area. The heat is achieved by the burning of an herbal mixture consisting mostly of an herb called mugwort (artemisia vulgaris). There are many forms of moxa which are categorized as either direct (contacting the skin) or indirect (not contacting the skin). I use mainly indirect moxa in the form of a stick. Moxibustion is painless and often is requested certain patients.