This is a photo of moxa burning on the end of an acupuncture needle on a point used to encourage better digestion. Moxibustion is an essential part of Chinese medicine which uses moxa, a soft woolly substance prepared from mugwort leaves (Artemisia vulgaris). In moxibustion the moxa is placed either directly on the skin or held just above it, over specific acupuncture points or meridians. The herb is lit and as it smoulders slowly, a therapeutic heat permeates the skin and affects the flow of Qi and blood in the area being treated.
Please ask me about the warming effects of moxa for conditions of deficiency and cold.