moxa

[mok-suh]
noun
1.
a flammable substance or material obtained from the leaves of certain Chinese and Japanese wormwood plants, especially Artemisia moxa.
2.
this substance or a similar one of cotton, wool, or the like, placed on the skin usually in the form of a cone or cylinder and ignited for use as a counterirritant.

Origin:
1670–80; by uncertain mediation < Japanese mogusa, equivalent to mo(y)e burn + -gusa, combining form of kusa herb

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moxa (ˈmɒksə)
 
n
1.  a downy material obtained from various plants and used in Oriental medicine by being burned on the skin as a cauterizing agent or counterirritant for the skin
2.  any of various plants yielding this material, such as the wormwood Artemisia chinensis
 
[C17: anglicized version of Japanese mogusa, contraction of moe gusa burning herb]

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moxa mox·a (mŏk'sə)
n.
A cone or cylinder of cotton wool or other combustible material, placed on the skin and ignited in order to produce counterirritation.

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In some cases, acupuncture may be accompanied by electrical stimulation or the burning of moxa, a form of heat therapy.
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