Moxibustion is the technique of applying a moxa roll ember above the skin. Moxa rolls are either packed dried Ai ye, an herb cousin to the Chrysanthenum, rolled into a stick, or a compressed Ai ye charcoal. The roll is lit or heated until an ember is formed at the tip. The tip is then held inches above the skin to apply heat to the area. It is used to remove cold, and to promote circulation in stagnant tight areas. The acrid smoke is also soothing and slightly mentholated.
Moxibustion is used for Breech, Dysmenorrhea, Arthritis, Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, and Muscular pain.