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Yi-luo of the classical Qin dynasty (221 – 206 B.C.E.):

Mugwort is bitter and acrid in flavor and able to generate heat. It is pure yang in nature. Therefore, it is able to recover expired yang. It reaches all twelve channels, penetrates the three yin channels, rectifies ch’i and blood, expels cold and dampness, warms the uterus...

When burnt, it penetrates the various channels to eliminate hundreds of diseases, (26).

In moxibustion, a dried herb called mugwort or "moxa" is burned on or near the skin to stimulate specific acupuncture points. The practitioner may light a stick of moxa and use it like a wand to warm various points, or may light moxa directly on specific acupuncture needles inserted in the body. For some conditions, moxa is burned on a fresh slice of ginger or on a mixture of garlic, salt, and herbs, which is applied to the skin.
Moxa burns with a distinct odor that may have a relaxing affect. Moxibustion may be used during pre-treatment preparation or recommended for self-care between clinic visits.

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