Definition of moxa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmäksə/ /ˈmɑksə/


  • A downy substance obtained from the dried leaves of an Asian plant related to mugwort. It is burned on or near the skin in Eastern medicine as a counterirritant.

    The plant is Crossostephium artemisioides, family Compositae

    ‘Moxibustion, the burning of the herb moxa over channel points and certain areas of the body, is used to warm, tonify and stimulate.’
    • ‘The effects of shiatsu, acupuncture, moxa, and herbal medicine are still questioned in Japan because they seem to depend upon the individual and are very difficult to replicate or to validate scientifically.’
    • ‘Although it can be made from a variety of herbs, moxa is generally made from the mugwort plant.’
    • ‘The reason for this is because pain and burn are more directly invasive, and electric moxibustion, without using moxa, can enhance antibody production.’
    • ‘Moxibustion, which is a therapy that uses the burning of moxa (dried mugwort) to produce heat and warm the body to activate the Qi, is also a part of traditional Chinese medicine.’
    • ‘For aches, pains, joint problems and arthritis that's acting up because of the damp and cold, moxa - the herb artemisia vulgaris - can be great at this time of year, says Elaine.’
    • ‘I decided at this point to apply moxa to his eye in order to promote blood and fluid dispersion within the eye in a more vigorous way.’
    • ‘Practitioners who have had some experience with the application of indirect moxa (over ginger or garlic) should have no difficulties with this technique.’
    • ‘Dried dark leaves of moxa mixed with gunpowder.’
    • ‘Where cold boils, or chronic QI XU type boils or abscesses exist (which is not the case here), it is also recommended to administer moxa.’
    • ‘Puncturing or applying moxa to the corresponding points is especially effective in dealing with lingering disorders of the internal organs.’
    • ‘The aroma of burning moxa may affect the immune system as it has been shown that fragrances restore stress-induced immunosuppression.’
    • ‘For example, one prescription in this text for the treatment of anuria is to massage the sacrum while applying burning moxa leaves to points on the back.’
    • ‘It also records the length of time for which needles should be retained, the number of moxa cones to be applied to each point, and what each point is known to treat ‘.’’
    • ‘I was so pleased to get your letter and to hear that moxa treatment is doing so well.’


Late 17th century from Japanese mogusa, from moe kusa ‘burning herb’.