mox·​i·​bus·​tion | \ ˌmäk-si-ˈbəs-chən How to pronounce moxibustion (audio) \

Definition of moxibustion

: the therapeutic use of moxa

Examples of moxibustion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some acupuncturists use a wide range of complementary techniques, such as tui na massage, moxibustion and cupping; others use just one approach. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 On a trip to Hong Kong, Tsai filmed Lee as embers of burning mugwort leaves fell painfully onto his back and shoulders during moxibustion, a traditional Chinese therapy. Dennis Zhou, The New Yorker, 28 Aug. 2021 There, dogs and cats are inserted with needles paired with mild electric currents, followed by a moxibustion treatment that heats up dried mugwort herbs to stimulate particular acupuncture points. Houston Chronicle, 6 July 2018 Homeopathic pellets for headaches, essential oil on my feet for sleep, moxibustion for sore muscles... Rachelle Robinett, Bon Appetit, 3 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of moxibustion

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moxibustion

moxa + -i- + -bustion (as in combustion)

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mox·​i·​bus·​tion | \ ˌmäk-si-ˈbəs-chən How to pronounce moxibustion (audio) \

Medical Definition of moxibustion

: the therapeutic use of moxa

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